Thursday, March 17, 2011

Clover Leaves Recipe for a Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all.  Today we are all Irish, regardless of actual origin, so I'm sharing a recipe for Clover Leaves which are made in muffin pans.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! (c.1910)
Happy St. Patrick's Day vintage 1910
At our house we usually go all out for St. Patrick's Day, because not only is it easy to do since there are so many traditions and decorations, but my best friend who is our son's Godmother is from Irish ancestry, so we have a party too.

There's the requisite Corned Beef with carrots, potatoes and cabbage representing the flag colors.  There's always Irish Soda Bread.  Dessert varies, but I can tell you that one particular year everyone around the table had great fun with a cake we have since dubbed "Tipsy Cake."  No alcohol was served -- the cake was enough -- and we all thought it was quite appropriate given the stereotypical reputation of the Irish.  I'm still Laughing Out Loud all these years later.

Nothing "Tipsy" about Clover Leaves, only lots of good luck, and I can imagine those beautiful green isles, and know Irish eyes are smiling indeed.

If you have a vintage recipe of your own which you would like to share, leave the link to your post in the comments and I will also add it at the bottom of today's Vintage Recipe Thursday post.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

clover leaf rolls
Flickr/Madeline Tompkins
Clover Leaves ready for the oven
Master Bread Recipe
1 cake compressed yeast or 1/2 cake dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon melted shortening
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
5-51/4 cups flour

Soften yeast in water.  Add sugar, salt, and shortening.  Add flour gradually, beating thoroughly after each addition until the dough is just stiff enough to knead.  Turn onto lightly floured board.  Knead until dough is smooth and elastic.  Cover with awarm, damp cloth.  Set in warm place and allow to double in bulk.  (If dry yeast is used allow dough to rise overnight in warm place.)  Work down, cover with a warm, damp cloth, and allow dough to again double in bulk.  Work down lightly.  Form into loaves.  Place in well-oiled pans.  Again cover with a warm, damp cloth.  Set in a warm place, cover, and let rise until double in bulk.  Bake in hot oven (450 F.) for 15 minutes.  Reduce the heat slightly and continue baking (410-425 F.) for the remainder of the time.  Total baking time 40-45 minutes.  From 4-4 1/2 hour are required for the entire process.  2 medium sized loaves.

Clover Leaves Recipe
Clover leaves may be made from either the "master recipe," the recipe for whole wheat bread, or the richer recipe used for Swedish Tea Ring.  Clover Leaves are made by placing 3 small balls of dough in each well-oiled muffin tin.  Cover and let rise until treble in bulk.  Bake in hot oven (450 F.) 15 minutes.

More Vintage Recipes:
This one is from Lisa at Two Bears Farm
Jellied Irish Coffee

Vintage Recipe Thursday is meant to preserve your own original vintage family recipes, or out-of-print, copyright-free recipes from old cookbooks, magazines, newspapers or postcards.

You're invited! Get the details by clicking to the Vintage Recipe Thursday Homepage.

I post recipes from the Household Searchlight Recipe Book, first published in 1931. My 16th printing is from 1943.  What will you post?


  1. I happen to adore corned beef and cabbage! Yum!
    Here's my vintage recipe for Jellied Irish Coffee. Like I said, it's...different.

  2. Lisa: Thank you for participating. Looks like most of your commenters liked it, too. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  3. LOVE your recipes and LOVE the St Paddy's postcard pic!! Happy Sunday to all!


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