Pare, core and quarter six good-sized tart apples. Put them in a baking-dish, sprinkle over one-fourth of a cup of sugar and add a half cup of water. Put a pint of flour into a bowl; add a tablespoonful of dairy or nut butter, a half teaspoonful of salt and a teaspoonful of baking-powder. Work well together and then moisten gradually with two-thirds of a cup of milk. Roll the dough out quickly, cut it the shape of the baking-dish, make a hole in the centre and place it neatly on the apples. The crust should be about a quarter of an inch thick. Brush the top with a little milk and bake in a moderate oven forty-five minutes. Serve hot, with milk, or cream, or plain. Other fruits may be used in the place of apples. Left-over dough may be made into small biscuits and used for another meal.