Sweet and Sour Brisket

This is a classic and extremely delicious Jewish Kosher dish, and definitely where Jewish cooking influences Polish cooking. This tangy tomato topped brisket is so elegant when served thinly sliced on a tray. It is unbelievably easy to prepare and just melts in a bite! Mom made this for my daughter’s baptism.

Ingredients:
1 c. water
1 c. ketchup
1/2 c. vinegar
2 lg. onions , diced
cl. garlic, minced
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 T Kosher salt
4 lbs. beef brisket, trimmed

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Combine water, ketchup, vinegar, onions, garlic, brown sugar and Kosher salt in a bowl. Place the brisket in a large baking dish, pouring the ketchup mixture over the brisket. Cover (I use parchment rather than foil) and cook in the oven for 4 hours.

Remove brisket from oven, carefully release steam,and let sit 10 min. before slicing. (Or, if preparing the day ahead, refrigerate. On the day of the party, warm, then slice.)

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Aunt Joan Moore’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake

No family party was complete without my Aunt Joan’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake. My Aunt Joan was an amazing lady, cook, seamstress, professional and so much fun. I still have my 40+ year-old Communion dress she made for me!

I have to check with her daughter Jeannie, but I believe this may be her recipe.
 

Ingredients:

1 lg. can of sl. Hawaiian Pineapple

2 c. flour

2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1/2 c. butter

1 c. sugar

2 eggs, separated

1/2 c. milk

2 T. butter

1 c. of brown sugar

Maraschino cherries

Directions:

Drain the juice from 1 lg. can of sl. Hawaiian Pineapple. Sift 2 c. flour. Sift again with 2 t. baking powder and 1/2 t. salt. Cream 1/2 c. butter, gradually add 1 c. sugar; cream well.

Beat yolks and whites of 2 eggs separately.  Add yolks to creamed mixture; mix well, then add flour and 1/2 c. milk alternately, mixing well.

Fold the 2 beaten egg whites and 1 t. vanilla.

Melt 2 T. butter in large frying pan. Spread 1 c. of brown sugar over pan.
Lay slices of on top of the sugar and garnish the centers of each pineapple ring with a Maraschino cherry. Pour the cake batter on top of the fruit.

Bake 45 min. at 350 degrees.

Jack Pandl’s German Pancake

Jack Pandl’s is a family run German restaurant that has been a fixture in Whitefish Bay since it was opened in 1915 by Anna and John Pandl. It was passed on to their sons, George and Jack, and now to Jack’s son, John. ¬†George’s sons, Jim and Jerry, owned three restaurants, including Eagan’s on Water, which has also closed and the Waterfront Deli, also on Water St. in Milwaukee.

This is the gigantic pancake Jack Pandl’s is famous for, served with the preferred garnish of sprinkled powdered sugar and the juice of a wedge or two of lemon. If you must, pure maple syrup is allowed. Jack Pandl’s Whitefish Bay Inn is located at 1319 E. Henry Clay, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; the phone number is (414) 964-3800.

Jack Pandl’s German Pancake

Ingredients:

1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. milk

Pinch of salt

4 eggs

1 T. butter

1 T. vegetable shortening

Lemon wedges

Confectioners’ sugar (sifted if lumpy)

Preheat oven to 425 F. Mix flour, milk and salt together until smooth. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Melt butter and shortening together in a 9-10″ slope-sided (frying) pan with an oven-proof handle. Pour batter in pan and cook over medium heat until the bottom of the pancake is brown, but some uncooked batter remains on top — about 3 min.

Flip the pancake over while the top is still uncooked, being careful of the splatter from hot uncooked batter. Immediately, make a crisscross “X” cut all the way through the pancake, edge to edge. Put the pan in the preheated oven, 6-10 min., until edges brown. It will rise 3-5″ above the pan, and the crisscross cut will close.

When done, remove pancake from the pan, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, and serve with extra sugar and lemon wedges on the side.