Sweet, juicy, local peaches are just beginning to appear at farm stands, so I was pleased to find a hundred-year-old recipe for Peach Shortcake. The recipe turned out well – and was perfect for a hot summer day.
Here’s the original recipe:
This recipe made a little less shortcake than I was expecting. I used a 10-inch round cake pan when I made the recipe. (There wasn’t enough dough to make two layers.) If I made this recipe again, I think that 8-inch cake pans would work better, so that is the pan size that I listed in the updated recipe.
Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:
3 cups peeled and sliced peaches
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Combine sliced peaches, sugar, and lemon juice; stir gently. Spoon some of the sweetened peaches between the layers of shortcake (see recipe below). Put additional peaches and the whipped cream on the top layer of shortcake.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons lard
1 cup milk
butter, if desired
Preheat oven to 425° F. Put flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl; stir to combine. Cut in butter and lard using a pastry blender. Add milk and mix using a fork until dough starts to cling together. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans, then divide dough in half and put into the pans. Bake 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly, then remove from pans. Split each layer using a fork. If desired butter layers, Arrange layers with fruit filling in the middle and on top.
9 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Peach Shortcake”
It is hard to find the old fashioned lard around here – I have had to resort to Crisco…. We are getting some beautiful peaches too so this is perfect timing for this recipe! I’m going to be making this one today!
This makes me want some for breakfast!
I’m not sure I fancy lard in a cake, but otherwise this sounds perfect for summer.
The peaches are wonderful this year, and this would be a perfect use for them.
Peach shortcake sounds great at this time of the year.
What a perfect recipe for this time of year!
This looks soooooo yummy!! I love fresh peach shortcakes or cobblers.
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