This is a recipe that Bill’s grandmother, Mary Ann Naughton brought from Ireland when she emigrated to Boston, from County Roscommon in Ireland, in the early twentieth century. She worked as a ladies maid until she met and married John Connery who was from Waterford, Ireland. The recipe was handed down to me, and then to our daughters. We make it for holidays and special occasions.
1/4 Cup butter
1/2 Cup sugar
2 1/2 Cups flour
1 Tsp salt
2 Tsp baking powder
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1 Cup raisins
1 Tbs caraway seeds
1 Cup currants
1 1/2 Cups milk
Irish Bread Recipe Directions
Cream together butter and sugar, add egg, and beat well. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add sifted ingredients to creamed mixture. Add in remaining ingredients. Place in a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes.
The bread is ready when a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
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Many folks believe that Sailor’s Valentines were created by sailing men aboard ships. It’s thought that the sailors used the projects to wile away the time at sea. However, when one stops to think about a sailor’s life, that thought just doesn’t make sense for a number or reasons.
First, can you imagine doing such intricate work aboard a ship while it is pitching and rolling? Second, there were not many idle moments aboard merchant or whaling ship. The crew was either working, eating or sleeping. And third, space was at a premium aboard those ships. There just wasn’t much room for storing personal items.
A Sailor’s Valentine is Intricate Sea Shell Art
They were created as a sentimental or souvenir gift. They use large numbers of small varied colored seashells that are glued into intricately symmetrical designs. The original Sailor’s Valentines were made between 1830 and 1890. They were created to be taken home as a memento of a sailor’s voyage at sea and given to his loved ones. Most often, they are octagonal designs and were usually between 8 to 20 inches wide. Seashells are glued into place then mounted in a hinged wooden box. The patterns often featured a centerpiece such as a heart shape or a compass rose. In some instances the shells were used to spell out a sentimental message or a motto.
Many of the Sailor’s Valentines were produced in the island of Barbados. This island was an important seaport during the age of sail. It’s believed that women on Barbados made the valentines using local seashells. It’s also believed that some of the shells were imported from Indonesia. The finished product was then sold to sailors as souvenirs.
John Fondas, author of “Sailors Valentines” states that the most common source for Sailor’s Valentines was the “New Curiosity Shop” that was located on MacGregor Street in Brighton, Barbados. It was a popular shop where sailors liked to purchase souvenirs. It was owned by B.H. and George Belgrave who were brothers. John Fondas tells about a Sailors Valentine that was being repaired. During the job a Barbados newspaper was found inside the backing material.
Today the original Sailor’s Valentines are collectible and are valued for their color, beauty and unique qualities. Collectors have sparked interest in this unique art form. Sailor’s Valentine kits can now be purchased in craft shops and online.
The Nantucket Whaling Museum has an extensive collection of the antique Sailor’s Valentines, in addition, our own Falmouth Museums on the Green also has two excellent examples of antique sailors valentines in the Doctor Francis Wick’s House. The valentines were brought to Falmouth by some of Falmouth’s sailors many years ago.
If you are interested in creating a Sailor’s Valentine of your own. Susan Black, a native of Nantucket, has kits that can be purchased online. Each kit includes an octagonal wooden box with a hinged glass front and a collection of seashells from around the world. website
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A light and crunchy compliment to your cheesecake.
1 cup sifted enriched flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 cup butter
1 slightly beaten egg yoke
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Combine first three ingredients. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Add the egg yoke and vanilla; blend well. Crisco the bottom and sides of the pan.
Pat 1/3 of the dough on bottom of 9″ spring-form pan (sides removed). Bake at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes.or until golden; cool. Attach sides to bottom and pat the remaining dough on sides to a height of 1 3/4 inches.
Tip: I found that making a double batch of crust worked better for me.
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