MAPLE PUFFS

1 ½ lbs tart apples

1 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp butter

½ cup water

1 ½ tbsp flour

1 ½ cups sifted flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

¼ cup shortening

¾ cup milk


Peel and slice apples and put them into greased shallow 9x13 baking pan. Boil together maple syrup, butter and water until thoroughly blended. Add 1 ½ tbsp flour and beat until thin sauce forms. Pour this syrup over the apples. For the batter, sift together 1 ½ cups flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening. Add milk and stir until just mixed. Drop by spoonfuls on top of apples. Make dent in each spoonful and in this dent, place a little of the following cinnamon mixture: 2 tbsp melted butter, 1 ½ tbsp sugar and ½ tsp cinnamon. Bake 25-30 minutes in a preheated 425 degree oven. Serve warm with rich milk or cream. Makes 10 servings.