This is like a thin, but chunky also, because the apples are not mashed, applesauce; wherein you drop some excellent dumplings. Eat warm with evaporated milk, or ice cream would be very fine, indeed! O, I do love these!
Slice apples (peel them if you want to), and put them into a pot (a wide pot, or wide skillet) with sugar and water. Bring to the boil; cover, and then make dumpling dough while waiting.
Dumpling dough: mix the flour with the soda and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cut in the butter, and stir the buttermilk completely in.
When apples are very soft, drop in as many dumplings as will fit and cook uncovered. Turn dumplings now and again; test by splitting one to see if it isn't doughy any longer. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the whole thing, and a bit a cinnamon over each serving.