1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup raisins, ground or chopped (kitchen scissors work in a pinch)
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Add the melted shortening.
- Add raisins, sugar, lemon zest and water to the flour/shortening mixture. Knead into a dough. (If too dry, add a little more water; if too wet, add a little more flour.) Form into 1-1/2 inch balls.
Now, here’s where the sailors of the 19th century would drop the balls into boiling water, cover, turn heat to low, and simmer for four hours.