Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture looks like meal. Stir in the egg, milk, and vanilla. Spread half of this mixture in a greased and floured 6” x 10” baking pan. Spread stewed apricots or apricot jam over this layer. Cover with the rest of the batter.
Sprinkle the topping over all. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.