2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup shortening
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3/4 cup low-fat milk
2 cups maple syrup
1/2 cup water
Optional toppings: vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add milk, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball; set aside.
In a small saucepan, bring syrup and water to a boil. Carefully pour into an 11-by-7-inch baking dish. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls into syrup mixture.
Bake, uncovered 22-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings.