Put half a pint of milk or water into a stew-pan over the fire, with fourounces of butter and twoounces of sugar. As soon as these begin to boil, withdraw the stew-pan from the fire, and stir in fiveounces of flour. Stir well for a few minutes, add essence to taste, and, one by one, threeeggs and a small pinch of soda. Drop this paste on a baking-sheet in small round balls (the size of ahickory nut), and bake a light brown in a quick oven. Garnish with preserves.