4 apples, cored, peeled, thinly sliced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup hot water
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons shortening
Arrange sliced apples in a buttered 11x7-inch baking dish. Combine sugar, cinnamon, and salt; sprinkle over the apples. Combine molasses and hot water; stir to blend. Pour molasses mixture over the apples. Bake apples in preheated 400° oven for about 20 to 30 minutes, until apples are tender.

Meanwhile, make a soft dough. Sift flour with baking powder and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles meal. Add milk, mixing with a fork, enough to make a soft dough. Knead lightly for about 10 seconds. Roll dough into a rectangle 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick, to fit over the 11x7-inch pan. Fit the dough over the cooked apple mixture and pierce all over with a fork to let steam escape. Bake at 400° for about 20 minutes longer, or until nicely browned. Serve warm with cream or ice cream.

Serves 8.