1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon soda, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
Mix shortening, sugar, salt and flour thoroughly until in crumbs, cutting in shortening as for pastry. Reserve 1/2 cup crumb mixture to use on top of cake, and to the remainder, add 1 egg. Add raisins, cut in small pieces, cinnamon, baking powder, buttermilk and the dissolved soda water.
When well mixed, place in a greased and floured deep square pan 8 x 8 inches. Spread evenly and sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture and extra cinnamon.
Bake in moderate oven at 350 F for 40-45 minutes. Serve warm with coffee. Can be reheated.
Source: The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Cookbook,