Lucy’s Shortcake–1933

What better way to combine many of my loves into one than write about our family recipes using farm fresh food that I have grown?

I’ve been chewing on the idea for quite a while and I’d rather not stew any longer. Please join in and let me know what you think of my debut post here in GOOD EATS as I share with you some of our family recipes. (History, cooking, photography, and writing…all in one…I can hardly stand it!)

First up is Shortcake, just in time for berry season. Enjoy!

This recipe is from Lucy Fox Beachler, my husband’s grandma. I never met Lucy, but a few years ago I visited the house in Ohio where she gave birth to Dorothy, my mother-in-law, in 1914. Here is the Beachler family in 1917.

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2 C flour                                                  3 tablespoons shortening

1/2 teaspoon salt                                  1 egg

4 teaspoons baking powder              1/2 cup sweet milk

2 tablespoons sugar                             2 quarts strawberries

Sift and mix dry ingredients; cut in shortening; add beaten egg to milk and add to dry ingredients to make soft dough. Divide dough in half. Pat out lightly one-half and put in greased deep layer pan. Spread with butter and cover with other half of dough which has also been patted to fit the pan. Bake in hot oven 15-20 minutes. Divide while hot and spread with crushed, sweetened berries and whipped cream, between layers. Cover top with whole berries and whipped cream. Dust with powdered sugar and serve. Cream may be omitted if desired. Also other berries may be substituted. (I baked mine at 400 for 18 minutes).

Once the bottom layer has been spread with butter, add the second layer of dough.

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both layers, butter in between

I used a circular Pyrex pan here, although I have used a rectangular Pyrex pan as well. Either is fine.

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right out of the oven

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fresh hot shortcake

This is the original recipe from Lucy’s cookbook.

May 2016_making shortcake recipe (3)Another motive for starting this series is to clean out my freezer and prepare for this year’s crop. I am using berries from last year, and I can only drink so many smoothies. For this shortcake, since we are just shy of berry season in Oregon, I combined home made freezer jam with my home grown raspberries to make a “topping” for today’s shortcake.

May 2016_1933 shortccake recipe (4)I microwaved 2-3 tablespoons of jam and spooned that over the frozen berries which I’d placed on top of the hot shortcake (as soon as the first piece was cut).

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Lucy May Fox Beachler

Let me know what you think of this recipe. It was very easy to make and delicious, too.

  70 comments for “Lucy’s Shortcake–1933

  1. January 21, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I love historical cooking and family recipes. Thank you for sharing!

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    • January 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I had so much fun putting this one together (and baking it again for this post). 😉 In the letters written by my great grandma (1940-1952) she frequently talks about food…but shares very few recipes. Her daughters (my grandma and great aunts) were fabulous cooks, and I had the privilege of eating many of their meals as a kid. I only have a few recipes, but they will show up here one day. 🙂 Have a great week!


  2. September 17, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Looks amazing


  3. June 11, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    That recipe looks delicious! And how fun that it’s a family recipe. I think it’s great to pass those along and keep them going. One of my great regrets is I never asked my grandmother for any of her recipes…she was an excellent baker!

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    • June 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      We are lucky, Ann, to have that cookbook and that my husband remembers the recipe. Many shortcakes are dry. This one is not (did you get a load of all that butter?) I didn’t ask my grandma for her recipes either; but we have her mother’s letters in which she talks about food they ate, meals she made. My father was raised by her, Orah, and I have his memoir and my memories. He talked quite a bit about many of the foods he loved as a child. I also have hand written recipes from one of dad’s aunts (Orah’s youngest daughter, Bertha) and those will be made and featured here. One of my goals is to make and write about our family recipes for my children. This has been a fabulous journey for me. Let me know if when you make this one. 🙂

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  4. May 24, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    What a wonderful post. I love the way you’ve infused some family history and your husband’s grandma in with this recipe. I feel as though I’ve stepped back in time. Sounds like the ultimate comfort food. I LOVE berries. I’ve been making a raspberry and banana cake recently, which I really love, but the kids are getting tired of it, I’ve made it so often! I will definitely have to try this one, thanks. 🙂

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    • May 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Thank you so much, Miriam, for your very kind words. This was one of my favorite posts to work on and finally post; it includes many of my loves. I have a few more similar posts up my sleeve, but not as many as I’d like. We have marion berries, strawberries and raspberries on our property, and I can’t get enough of them. So…I’m thinkin’….would you be willing to share your recipe for that raspberry banana cake? 😉

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  5. May 24, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Reblogged this on Unmeasured Journeys and commented:
    Do you have any family recipes that you love?

    I have some of both my grandma’s recipes and one thing I love about making them, is that I can use some of their baking items as well. I have a mixing bowl and a loaf pan that I use whenever I make quick breads. It’s pretty neat, because even though they’ve both already passed on, it’s almost like they are baking with me in a sense.

    My friend Karen shared this post that I absolutely LOVE. She really pulled on my heart strings with the photographs and the pictures of the utensils she uses.

    With summer and the approaching berry season coming up, this would be so delicious. It’s the first recipe I’ve seen with butter in the middle. I bet that makes it so moist.

    Thank you, Karen! I can’t wait to try it.

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    • May 24, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Thank you my sweet friend! I hope you like the is one of those that when you make it, you say, “Hmmm, I’m gonna make this again,” and you do, over and over. 😉 Enjoy!! 🙂

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      • May 24, 2016 at 10:05 am

        You’re welcome! Sorry for the delay…


        • May 24, 2016 at 10:07 am

          No worries. I’m just glad this recipe touched someone. 🙂


          • May 24, 2016 at 10:08 am

            As soon as I find some berries, my family’s going to love it!


            • May 24, 2016 at 10:17 am

              The strawberries in the photos are fresh from the garden–thanks to my hubby who maintains the yard and garden–and our raspberries and marions are coming along. I think I may plant a cherry tree as well. 🙂

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  6. May 6, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    What’s sweet milk?

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    • March 21, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Jen, First of all, I am so sorry for the delayed response. I just learned today that MANY messages went to my trash file without my permission (and I feel horrible), so I aim to go back and respond to each kind person who wrote. You are one of them. So, I think sweet milk is a version of what we know to be condensed milk today. I’m guessing. Did you ever make this shortcake? It’s divine. 🙂 Have a great day.


  7. Amy
    May 6, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I don’t bake, but that looks great!

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    • May 6, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you, Amy. I shouldn’t bake either, but…. 😉

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      • Amy
        May 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm

        Well, it looks like you can!


        • May 6, 2016 at 3:44 pm

          I bake much less than before because there are less people around, sadly. But, it’s better that I don’t bake as much. It is odd, though, that over the years, I have much less of a sweet tooth than I did when I was younger, thankfully.


          • Amy
            May 6, 2016 at 7:24 pm

            I wish I could say the same! It’s a fight every day not to buy some jelly beans!


            • May 7, 2016 at 7:34 am

              Well, it can be a challenge. My weaknesses are chocolate–the darker the better–and fresh maple bars. Oh, my…. 😉

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            • Amy
              May 7, 2016 at 4:41 pm

              You’re making me drool!

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    • May 6, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks, Amy.

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  8. May 5, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Any chance I can share this? If so, do you have a reblog button? I didn’t see it. But, sometimes I can’t from mobile.

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    • May 6, 2016 at 7:46 am

      You certainly may; I’d be honored! Thank you so much. I hope we soon see some really great recipes among those who have recently talked about this. I have been scouring our old family cookbooks, and have found some fun and interesting notes on the sides, home remedies and such. Wish I had known them.

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      • May 6, 2016 at 7:50 am

        Me, too. I love the idea of a big recipe swap!

        Home remedies? Oh, I hope you share! Also, love when they wrote in the cookbooks. 🙂

        Thank you for letting me share! Yum!

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    • May 6, 2016 at 7:48 am

      P.S. And, there is a reblog button, maybe did not show up on mobile as you said. Thank you! ❤

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  9. May 5, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    You’re going to make me drive across country for a piece of that! Yum. I’ve never seen it with butter in the middle. That would have to make all the difference. Shortcake is usually so dry, that I’m not generally a fan.

    I LOVE that you put photos with the steps. I’m sure that it’s time consuming, but man, it’s great to have a visual with the instructions.

    I know I use the word love way too much, but I love that you chose a recipe with a history and family picture to match. Very cool. It’s almost like sitting down to her table and having her dessert. Bravo!

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    • May 6, 2016 at 7:48 am

      Love is a GREAT word; use it as much as possible! ❤ Just give me notice and I'll have that shortcake ready for you. I usually don't like shortcake either for the same reason…but this one? Oh, by golly, it's moist inside and flaky on the top. This is a need to try recipe. 🙂

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    • May 6, 2016 at 7:55 am

      I wish I had photos to go with all of my ideas for old family recipes, but maybe I can get creative and post about the person if not an actual photo. My mom has the wedding dress of her grandmother, Carrie, who was married in 1896. I am trying to find a photo of Carrie wearing it, but so far, no go. I do have her cookbook, however….(with notes). 😉

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      • May 6, 2016 at 8:03 am

        Oh my! Her wedding dress?? How wonderful. My grandma’s wedding dress was chewed up by mice…My grandma was so heartbroken…

        How awesome you have her cookbook. I love the idea of posting about the person if there’s no photographs. Smart!

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        • May 6, 2016 at 11:23 am

          How unfortunate the mice found your grandma’s wedding dress to be so tasty. I doubt I could fit into mine–and I refuse to try so I guess I’ll never know–but if it were to “disappear” in the same manner, I’d be heartbroken as well.

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          • May 6, 2016 at 11:31 am

            She was crushed. I was with her when she found it all in shreds. A sad day.

            I’m not trying mine on either! Ha! Hips grew!


            • May 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

              Heartbreaking. Yes, mine will hang in the closet, protected in plastic, forever. My daughter is too tiny to ever wear mine, and my guess is, she would not want to. 😉

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            • May 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm

              Glad we have ours. I always see wedding dresses for sale on garage sale pages. 🙂

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          • May 6, 2016 at 11:32 am

            Can’t wait to see a dress a peanut could fit in! My grandma’s dress was blue velvet.


            • May 6, 2016 at 11:59 am

              Oh, that sounds positively lovely. Blue velvet? I do hope you post a picture of her wearing it.

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            • May 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm

              I’ll see if I can find one when we get back. If not, I’ll ask mom.

              Ps I’m so excited to have you be so excited about sharing family recipes. It’s so nice to find someone with a common interest in family history. 🙂

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            • May 6, 2016 at 12:15 pm

              Me, too!! 🙂

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            • May 6, 2016 at 3:32 pm

              Are you personally on Facebook? I found some FB pages you will love! Especially one today and a post about mothers.


            • May 6, 2016 at 3:54 pm

              Check your email. 🙂

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            • May 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm

              Cool. Thanks!

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            • May 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm

              Found you!!!!!

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      • May 6, 2016 at 8:08 am

        This is not a white dress; it is made of brown taffeta and has gorgeous buttons. I can hardly wait to post about it. Fabulous dress and so pleased it has held up so well through the years. The only one who may be able to fit into it is my daughter (who is 4′ 9″ and weighs 85 lbs), as Carrie was very petite, but when holding up the bodice last week, I had my doubts. Carrie was a peanut! 🙂

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  10. May 5, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Looks very good. There are so few recipes that still use shortening. I still use it in the M&M cookies I make at Christmas. I was looking at your photos and the imprinted name on them. I think we have the same last name, .Hoskins? I know we aren’t related but thought it was interesting. 🙂

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    • May 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Oh, my, gosh!! That is amazing! It’s my married name. Yours as well?


      • May 6, 2016 at 6:22 am


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        • May 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm

          The name isn’t that common. We may share a common thread.

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          • May 7, 2016 at 7:32 am

            It’s more common than you realize. My first husbands family was from Maine.


            • May 7, 2016 at 7:40 am

              It is out there, but I just don’t see it that often. However, the other day I was researching my grandmother Butterfield’s side and found a reverend A. A. Hoskins in the reading.

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            • May 7, 2016 at 10:27 am

              Wow! Our Hoskins was not the original name. It was changed when they came from the French part of Canada. There was some Canadian Indian in there too. My father in law did extensive research when he retired. Both my kids have their father’s side documented.


            • May 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm

              Because the research on my husband’s side has all been done, and traced to England in the 1600s, I steer clear of his side. But, his sister has done quite a bit of research and my guess is she would be very interested in what you wrote about your Hoskins line.

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