¾ cup sugar

¾ cup water

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

4 drops red food coloring

1 ½-2 T. butter

1 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½  tsp. salt

1/3 cup shortening

¼  cup milk

3 small, whole apples, pared and cored


For the syrup, mix first 5 ingredients;  bring to boiling.  Remove from heat;  add butter.

Sift together dry ingredients;  cut in shortening till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add milk all at once;  stir just till flour is moistened.  On lightly floured surface, roll this pastry dough to 4 x 12 inch rectangle.

Cut pastry dough into three, 4-inch squares.  Place apple on each.  Sprinkle apples generously with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg;  dot with butter.  Moisten edges of pastry.  Bring corners to center and pinch edges together.

Place 1 inch apart in ungreased baking dish (pie plate for single recipe).  Pour syrup over dumplings;  sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or till apples are tender.  Serve warm with cream.  Serves 3.