Homestyle’s green treats expected to sell quickly

Janet Wilke, owner of Homestyle Bakery, shows off some of the sweet green treats available St. Patrick’s Day.

Only the early leprechauns will score some of the green treats available for St. Patty’s Day at Homestyle Bakery Wednesday morning.

“Oh yeah, it ought to be pretty crazy in here in the morning,” said Janet Wilke, owner of the bakery for the past 34 years.

The staff will begin baking shamrock-shaped cookies, donuts and cakes, Leprechaun pie and of course, the traditional Irish soda bread, starting at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. They will bake well into the early-morning hours, and still supplies of the popular “Irish” items will be limited.

Wilke estimated that nearly 1,000 shamrock cookies, made with Homestyle’s special cut-out cookie dough, will be sold by mid-day Wednesday. “They’ll be flying out the door tomorrow,” she guessed.

For more than a week, the bakery has been adding green to dinner rolls, reshaping coffee cakes into three-leaf clovers, and adding tiny Irishmen to cupcakes.

“It’s a minor holiday, but people love it,” Wilke said.

Many of Homestyle’s customers have family dinners at home planned. Others come buy treats for the office.

“It’s just fun,” Wilke said.

Next to the cookies, the Irish Soda Bread will probably sell out early. The traditional round bread is made with raisins and carraway seed. It comes plain, frosted or sugared. It’s the perfect accompaniment to corned beef and cabbage.

Doors to the popular bakery open at 5 a.m.

“For the best selection, come early,” Wilke said.


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