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Sprouts Irish Soda Bread

From: Lori 
Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2013 11:13 AM
Subject: Irish soda bread

While I was in Arizona I had the best Irish soda bread.  It was from Sprouts market in Chandler.
Can't seem to duplicate it, it seems to be different from any I've tasted.  Can you help ?
   Thanks, Lori

Hi Lori,

Sprouts Farmer’s Market has a website, and they have no less than five different Irish Soda Bread recipes on their website.

Irish Soda Bread 1

Irish Soda Bread 2

Irish Soda Bread 3

Irish Soda Bread 4

Irish Soda Bread 5

Hopefully, one or all of these is a home version of the Irish Soda Bread (s) that they make in their bakery. I have no way to determine which, if any of these, is the same as what you tried. You may have to just try each one until you find the right one. It’s possible that none of these is the same bread they make in their bakery. I have seen that before.

If none of these is it, then I’m afraid that the bakery version of the bread would be a commercial recipe regarding which I had no success locating any information.


Mapleine Syrup & Fudge

Recipes from an old Mapleine Booklet CA 1930:

Mapeline Syrup without corn syrup

2 cups boiling water
4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon Mapleine
To make:
2 pints Mapleine Syrup

Mapeline Syrup with corn syrup

1-1/2 cups hot water
3 cups corn syrup
1 teaspoon Mapleine
To make:
2 pints Mapleine Syrup
Mapleine Fudge

2 cups Mapleine Syrup (see above)
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
3/4 cup table cream or top milk
dash salt

Cook slowly over low heat, without stirring, until a small amount of syrup dropped in cold water forms a soft ball(218° F.)
Remove from heat, cool to lukewarm. Beat until creamy and gloss has disappeared.

Add: 1/2 cup chopped nutmeats

Pour into buttered dish; cut into squares.
Mapleine Uncooked Fudge 

1 tablespoon butter
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted 
1 egg, unbeaten (use pasteurized egg - ph)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 teaspoon Mapleine
Mix thoroughly.
1 additional cup powdered sugar, or enough to make proper consistency to knead.

Knead. Pat flat, cut in desired shape. For a delightful variation, add chocolate or cocoa, if desired, before kneading.

Oakwood Baking Company White Rye Bread

 From: Laura 
 Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013 12:58 PM
 Subject: Oakwood Bread

 Uncle Phaedrus,

  One of the fondest food memories I have as a child is eating mounds of Hungarian Rye bread from Detroit, 
Michigan's Oakwood's Baking Company. It was and still is the only bread my Michigan family buys. This bread 
is the best bread in the world...airy, fresh, savory and perfect...I can never get enough of it. I would love 
to be able to make a similar Oakwood Hungarian White Rye for our family since I cannot buy it anywhere locally. 
Can you help me?

  A Relocated Hungarian

Hello Laura,

I found several mentions of the Oakwood Baking Company in Detroit, but the only mention that I found of their Hungarian Rye Bread was this nutrition info here: My Fitness Pal

I could not find any description of the bread at all, or any bread that was claimed to be similar. I’m not sure what you mean by “Hungarian White Rye”. I have heard of “light rye bread”, but not “white rye bread”. Unless someone is familiar with the Oakwood product, it would be difficult for them to recommend a similar bread or a recipe for a similar bread.

The only Hungarian Rye Bread recipe that I found is here: Sonneveld

There are some Eastern European rye bread recipes here: Rye Breads

It might help if you can tell me the Hungarian name of this particular bread.


From: Laura 
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2013 8:28 PM
To: Phaedrus 
Subject: Re: Oakwood Baking Company Rye Bread

Hi Phaedrus,

It looks like it is a light rye. It has the following listed in ingredients: flour (bleached wheat flour), potassium bromate, 
white rye flour, dark rye flour, water, yeast, salt, sugar, vegetable shortening (partially hydrogenated soybean oil and 
cottonseed oils), may contain cornmeal. It tastes like a sourdough deli bread. 

Does this help some?


Hi Laura,

I can’t find a rye bread recipe with that exact combination of ingredients. No matter what rye bread recipes I find, I can’t say whether one would taste similar to the Oakwood product. Only someone who had tasted the Oakwood product and then later tasted another bread that tasted similar could say that. Take a look at the breads on these sites. You might see one you’d want to try:

King Arthur Flour

Yummly White Rye Flour Bread

Yummly No Fat Rye Bread

Click on the photo to see the recipe on the yummly sites.

This site has a light rye bread mix for the bread machine:

Prepared Pantry


Pufferbelly Ltd San Francisco Beef Sandwich

From: Elizabeth 
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:08 PM
Subject: Pufferbelly Ltd. Restaurant - Berea, Ohio

In the early 1980’s I worked at a restaurant – the Pufferbelly Ltd. In Berea, Ohio.  
It was in a restored railway station and had a railroad/train theme.  The food was 
outstanding (the most incredible omelets!) but the one I remember the most and would 
love the recipe for, is an open faced roast beef sandwich called the San Francisco Beef.  
I think it was on a slice of rye, and had a wonderful rich gravy and topped with cheddar cheese.  
This was put under the broiler until the cheese melted.  Yum!

Can you find this delicious recipe?  Thanks for your help.


Hi Elizabeth,

Pufferbelly Ltd was a chain consisting of three restaurants: in Kent, OH; in Berea, OH; and in Erie, Pennsylvania They were interesting in that they were all in historic buildings such as old train stations, and in the case of Erie, an old fire station. The interior décor was themed to the original use of the building. I believe “pufferbelly” is an old term for a train’s steam engine.

All three were sold, but the one in Kent, Ohio is still open under new owners. They have a website here: Pufferbelly Ltd. They kept the popular menu items, and they still serve the San Francisco Beef sandwich, which is described on the menu here:
Pufferbelly Ltd. Menu - Sandwiches

The menu entry says:
“Sliced roast beef open-faced on dark rye with mushroom sauce and colby cheese. Broiled and served with red skinned garlic mashed potatoes."
"May substitute sweet potato fries.”

I had no success locating a recipe for a copycat for the San Francisco Beef sandwich, sorry. The mushroom sauce would probably be the unique part of the sandwich - the part you’d need a recipe to duplicate.

I looked for any open-faced roast beef sandwich recipe with mushroom sauce, but did not have much success. I’m sure there are a lot of recipes for mushroom sauce/mushroom gravy, but only someone who has tasted the Pufferbelly sauce could recommend a mushroom sauce recipe as being similar.


Thank you so very much for your response!  That is certainly the sandwich that I remember.  
Since I live near Pittsburgh, Kent, Ohio is not that far of a drive, so I will make the short trip 
to the remaining Pufferbelly.  Thanks again for the very useful information! 

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