2 1/2 tsp. baking powder (can use gluten-free baking powder)
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 C. shortening
2 C. brown sugar
2 C. water
1/4 C. butter
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Pare and core apples (leave whole). To make pastry, stir flour, baking powder and salt together. Cut in shortening until particles are the size of peas. Sprinkle milk over mixture and press together lightly, working dough only enough to hold together. Roll out dough as for pastry and cut into six squares. Place an apple on each square. Sprinkle cavity in apple with sugar and cinnamon. Pat dough around apple to cover it completely. Fasten edges securely on top of apple. Place dumplings 1″ apart in a greased baking pan. Pour over them the sauce.
SAUCE: Combine brown sugar, water and cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter. Bake at 375°F for 35 to 40 minutes. Baste occasionally during baking. Serve hot.