In a bowl, sift flour, measure and re-sift with baking powder and salt. Add shortening and mix well until shortening is fine. Add milk, blend. Dough will be quite firm.
Heat 2 cups of maple syrup in a frying pan; bring to a boil over medium to high heat. Lower heat so that the syrup is not boiling and drop spoonfuls of dough into the syrup. Cover and poach for 12 to 15 minutes, making sure syrup is not boiling.