John’s Bantry Brown Irish Soda Bread


As promised, here’s the recipe for John’s Bantry Brown Irish Soda Bread that many of you have asked for. I know it’s after St. Patrick’s Day, but we eat this bread all year long. Make sure to double the recipe, because you’ll want to have two loaves of this bread for sure!



John's Brown Bread Irish Soda Bread1 cup unsifted all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups unsifted whole wheat flour

1/4 cup currants

1/4 cup vegetable shortening

1-1/4 cups buttermilk

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon water


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Sift together the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium size bowl.  Stir in the whole-wheat flour and currants.  Cut in the shortening with a fork until the mixture resembles small peas.  Stir in the buttermilk.


Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board. Knead 10 times-no more, no less!  Shape into a 7-inch round loaf.  Place on a cookie sheet.  Cut a cross on the top of the dough.


Bake in the pre-heated 375 degree oven for forty minutes.


Combine the 2 tablespoons of sugar and the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Brush over the hot loaf.  Return to the oven and bake for 5 minutes until golden brown.


This recipe makes one 7-inch round loaf which, will make 12 generous slices.  Don’t forget the butter!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Top Of The Morn’ to You…

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time,

A day to begin transforming winter’s dream into summer’s magic

 Here is our family’s traditional Corned Beef Recipe:



5 lb. piece corned beef brisket

1/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/3  cup prepared mustard


Pre heat oven to 325                       


 Wash corned beef brisket.


 Place in large roasting pan.


 Cover brisket with boiling water.


 Cover pan with aluminum foil.


 Bake in pre-heated oven for 2 hours or until tender.


About an hour before serving drain the liquid and bake for 30 more minutes. Combine the brown sugar and mustard and spread over corned beef. Bake an additional 30 minutes. We serve it with horseradish sauce which is one 8 ounce container sour cream mixed with 2 tablespoons mustard and 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish.


 Here is the recipe for The Callahan’s Irish Soda Bread



1  cup all-purpose flour

1/4   cup sugar

2   teaspoons baking powder      Images  

1   teaspoon baking powder

1  teaspoon salt

2    cups whole wheat flour

1/4  cups currants

1/4   cup vegetable shortening

1-1/4  cups buttermilk 


Pre-heat oven to 375 


Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 


Stir in whole wheat flour and currants.


Cut in shortening until dough resembles small peas.


Stir in buttermilk.


Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Knead about 10 times and shape dough into about a 7 inch round loaf. Place on cookie sheet and cut a cross in top of dough.


Bake in pre-heated oven for 40 minutes. Remove from oven.


Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Brush over hot bread and bake an additional 5 minutes.



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May peace be within you may your heart be strong.
May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.”


Enjoy the day and thanks for visiting, 




March Calendar: “A Little St. Patrick’s Birdie”


Above is the calendar we made in class for March.


Stamp Set:         A Little Birdie Told Me

Ink:                      Always Artichoke

                                Basic Black

Paper:                 Whisper White: (8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″) and (7″ x 2-1/4″)

                                Certainly Celery Card Stock (8″ x 8″)

                                Certainly Celery DSP (7″ x 1″) plus scraps to punch out small hearts

                                Garden Green- 3 strips (7″ x 1/8″)

                                Bashful Blue Card Stock scrap for bird images

Accessories:    Heart to Heart Punch, Watercolor Markers, Brads for embellishments, Dimensionals


I tore the Certainly Celery DSP to resemble  grass or a hill, adhered it to the Whisper White Card Stock and stamped several flowers on the hill and background. I used markers to color in the flowers.  Then I stamped the two birds in Basic Black on Bashful Blue Card Stock and cut them out. Using the Heart to Heart Punch I cut nine small hearts out of various sheets of Certainly Celery DSP. I used three hearts to create the shamrocks and placed a brad in the middle of each. I put all the pieces together as shown above. I used Dimensionals for the birds.




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