1 qt. (or pt.) or two tins of “home-canned” fruit: cherries, berries, or sliced fruit (I remember blackberries were great)
1 c. boiling water
1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 c. sugar
1/3 c. milk
3 tbsp. butter, melted
(Quoting directly from an old time recipe when Monday’s washday left no time for fancy desserts on the farm.)
Into a large pot with tight-fitting lid, empty the fruit. Add 1 cup boiling water and heat to a boil. Drop dumplings by spoonful on fruit, cover, Reduce heat to simmer and cook gently 20 minutes.
Sift flour with baking powder, salt and sugar. Beat smooth with milk and melted butter.