My spam folder was so nice to me tonight. I mean, I read the recipe and went ‘…what?’ but then I made it and it was awesome. Who would have expected something with the name Old Virgian Shortcake to be so good?

The recipe!

Old Virginia Shortcake

  • Sift the flour and then fill a quart measure, using a tablespoon to lift the flour. Care should be taken not to shake or pack the flour down, as the quart of flour should weigh just one pound. Place in a bowl and add
  • Three level tablespoons of baking powder,
  • One teaspoon of salt,
  • Three-quarters cup of sugar.

Sift again to mix and then rub in one-half cup of shortening. Place one and one-half cups of buttermilk in a pitcher and add one teaspoon of baking soda. Stir to thoroughly dissolve the soda and then use this to mix the flour to a dough. Knead well in the bowl with a spoon and then turn on a slightly floured board and roll or pat out one inch thick. Cut with a large biscuit cutter and brush the top with shortening and bake in a hot oven for eighteen minutes.

I don’t own a sifter, so I cheated and let my KitchenAid® do the sifting.  It’s quite useful that way.  I also took advantage of my kitchen scale and weighed the flour rather than measuring it.

1 pound of flour

1 pound of flour

And that’s one pound of flour.

Once I mixed it all together, I dumped it out, rolled it out and cut out the biscuits:

Shortcake waiting to bake

Shortcake waiting to bake

How boring is that?  I mean, it’s just biscuits.  I know the recipe said it was shortcake, but it looks like my buttermilk biscuits.  It even looked like that when it finished baking.

Old Virginia Shortcake

Old Virginia Shortcake

So it looks like biscuits, right? I mean big biscuits, but still, biscuits.

And ohmygod, SO GOOD. To quote Fred ‘272 kinds of awesome!’ (I think he was working with his IT guys at work, I’ve heard them say that before). But it was! So good! And moist and not crumbly and just plain awesome! This recipe definitely goes on my ‘things to make again, and soon’ list. Next time, though, I’ll make them a bit smaller. These huge ones were just a little too much, in a good and bad way.