Apple Dumplings

1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup shortening
6 small apples, pears or peaches


For syrup:
Mix 1 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 1/4 cups water, bring to boil and simmer 5 minutes
Remove from heat and stir in margarine

For pastry:
Mix flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cut in shortening until coarse crumbs form
Add 6-8 tablespoons water, a little at a time, mixing until moistened
Form into a ball, roll into an 18 x 12 rectangle and cut into six 6- inch squares

Peel and core apples or pears, or peel, halve and pit each peach
Place one fruit on each pastry square
Combine remaining sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, sprinkle over fruit
Moisten edges of pastry, fold corners to center atop fruit, pinch to seal
Place in 11 x 7 inch baking pan, pour syrup over
Bake at 375 for 45 minutes until fruit is tender and pastry is brown

Serve with ice cream