Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime Pie with Zest, Swirls and Graham Cracker Crust

Perfection for a hot 4th of July party!

It may be a sin to mess with a classic … I know! But I love limes and wanted to deepen the taste of the key lime in the pie. So mess away I did! I started by adding lots of lime zest to the filling and the graham cracker crust. Absolutely love the fleck of green in the filling!

But, as we know, presentation often is everything. So, this year, I pushed the graham cracker crust up high in a spring form pan so that once the pie was finished the crust would rise jaggedly above the filling. Then, I marbled the filling for that extra wow factor. Please let me know what you think!

Ingredients for 9″ graham cracker pie crust:

15 graham crackers (each 3 by 5 inches), broken

1⁄3 c. packed brown sugar

6 T. unsalted butter, melted, (plus more, room temperature to grease the pan)

Zest of 1 lime, finely grated, plus 1 T. fresh juice

1 ¼ t. kosher salt

Ingredients for Key Lime Filling:

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

3 egg yolks, whites not used.

1/2 c. Nellie & Joe’s key west lime juice

2-3 lg. limes for zest and garnish slices

Whipped cream or meringue

Directions for the crust:

In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until finely ground. Add butter, granulated sugar, lime zest and juice, and salt; pulse until combined. Press crumbs evenly onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9″ spring form pan.

It is a beautiful effect to allow the crust to rise higher than the filling.

Directions for the Pie Filling:

Combine milk, egg yolks and lime juice and the zest of the limes. Blend until smooth. (Pieces of zest should be visible.)

Now you can pour the filling into the graham cracker crust for the classic key lime pie (and skip the next two paragraphs)…

…but, if you want to make it “fancy” and are not adverse to adding a little food color, you can make marble-like swirls in the pie. To do so, measure out 1/4 to 1/3 c. and tint that small separated portion, then pour the rest of the filling into the graham cracker crust.

Take the small portioned bowl of the filling and tint it with very small drops of green and yellow food coloring. (The goal is to create a lime green hue.) Start very small and add as you go.

Once you are happy with the tint, you can start to marble the plain filling in the crust with the tinted lime curd. Gently place unequal spoonfuls of the green tinted curd (in no particular fashion) on top of the plain filling batter, leaving some areas plain. Use a skewer or butter knife to gently and lightly swirl the plain and tinted mixtures together to create a marbled effect.

Bake at 350º for 15 min. Allow to stand 10 min. or longer to cool. Refrigerate to ice cold. Just before serving, top with freshly whipped cream, or meringue, and garnish with lime slices.

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.)

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.

Heinemann’s Restaurant and Bakery Heinemann’s Layered Chocolate Pistachio Cake

In 1923 Byron and Dorothy Heinemann started a little bakery and breakfast and lunch place in Milwaukee. Heinemann’s was loved in Milwaukee and grew to as many as eleven locations.

As an ever-dieting 1980s Marquette student, I passed Heinemann’s downtown often. I was not alone as peering into Heinemann’s large windows — as is oft said, it was fattening just to look — and entered a store filled with cakes, pastries, cookies muffins and more. Other locations offered small tables, comforting meals and endless coffee. We lost Heinemann’s in 2009.

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Heinemann’s Layered Chocolate Pistachio Cake with thanks to the talented “Baked By An Introvert” at https://www.bakedbyanintrovert.com/chocolate-pistachio-cake/

Cake Ingredients:

2 c. flour

⅔ c. cocoa powder, plus more for dusting the pans

2 t. baking soda

1 t. baking powder

1 t. salt

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

¾ c. unsalted butter, melted

1 ¾ c. granulated sugar

2 lg. eggs

1T. vanilla extract

1 ½ c. buttermilk

½ c. strong brewed coffee, cooled

Frosting Ingredients:

1 ½ c. unsalted dry or roasted pistachios, shelled – (roasted provide stronger flavor)

1 t. canola oil

2 c. unsalted butter, softened

2 T. heavy cream

1 T. vanilla extract

¼ t. salt

3-6 c. confectioners’ sugar

1-2 drops green food coloring

1 c. unsalted pistachios, shelled and chopped for garnish

Ganache Ingredients:

2 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

2 T. unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 t. light corn syrup

Cake Directions:

Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease three 8” round pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Grease the parchment and dust pan lightly with cocoa powder, tapping out excess.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, whisk and set aside. Add chocolate to a small heatproof bowl set over a pot of lightly simmering water. Stir continuously until melted and smooth, remove from heat, set aside and cool.

Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla. Add cooled melted chocolate and mix well. Set mixer set to low and gradually add half the flour mix, followed by buttermilk and coffee, and then remaining flour mixture. Combine, the batter will be thick.

Divide the batter evenly and to the edges of the three prepared pans. Bake for 30-40 min., until done in the center of the cake, checking with a toothpick (should come out clean after being inserted into the center). Cool in pans 10 min., then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, remove parchment.

Frosting Directions:

In food processor, coarsely grind pistachios, adding oil if the pistachios do not break down easily. Blend, stopping and scraping bowl as needed until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

Separately, beat the butter until smooth. Then, incorporate cream, vanilla, and salt. Add 2 c. confectioner’s sugar, beating until most of the sugar is moistened. Gradually add remaining sugar, one cup at a time. (Use more or less depending on how soft the butter is.) Once the sugar is moistened, turn the speed up to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy. Fold in pistachio paste and food coloring.

Assembly:

Place one cake layer on serving platter and top with a generous amount of frosting, spreading to the edge. Repeat with second and third cake layer then frost sides.

Freeze10 min.

Ganache and Pistachio Decoration:

Melt chocolate, butter, and corn syrup in a medium heat-proof bowl set over lightly simmering water until smooth. Cool 5 min.

Do the following two steps in the order needed to fit desired design:

Press chopped pistachios into the sides of the cake and sprinkle pistachios on top of the cake and just over the top, to preference (see photos).

Spoon the Ganache over the top of the cake, may place in the center of the pistachio border, using the back of a spoon to smooth, or allow to drip over edge.

Set the cake back into the freezer at least 10 min. before serving. Cake freezes well.

Heinenmann’s Baked Oatmeal

The baked oatmeal recipe is posted all over the internet. But a cook who responded to this recipe, tweaked it with these comments; “I used to be a cook at Heinemann’s Restaurant in Brookfield and I always wished I had been able to learn a lot of the recipes and different processes for making all of the amazing food they served. I took pride in what I served and I loved their food. I’d love to open a place and bring back some of their classics….I just made this recipe for New Years day. I don’t remember it being the texture that resulted. Is it possible the oats were cooked first or partially before proceeding with the recipe?”

So the recipe below calls for cooked oatmeal, and does not call for steel cut oats.

And, from an 2007 article, “Restaurateurs feel their oats with new twists on old standby” by Sonia Moore,
“Heinemann’s Baked Oatmeal, $4.79, consists of rolled oats that are cooked at the restaurants’ main commissary and then made into a paste with vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and egg. The oatmeal then is baked in sheets and delivered to the different restaurant locations, where it’s cut and heated to serve with brown sugar and choice of milk. Raisins are optional.”

Ingredients:

3 c. cooked oats
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
4 egg whites
1 1/4 c. whole milk
1 T. vegetable oil
2 t. vanilla extract
Raisins, granola, and other toppings (optional)
Additional milk for serving
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine cooked oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, egg whites, milk, oil, and vanilla and mix well. Pour into a buttered 8-9″ square baking dish.

Bake 28-30 min., or until center is from and edges begin to brown. Slice and serve warm with toppings and milk.

Heinemann’s Potato Pancakes

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Credit to the customers of Heinemann’s who requested this recipe from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at https://archive.jsonline.com/features/food/38473914.html?ref=tfrecipes

Ingredients:

2 eggs

Juice of ½ lemon

1 t. salt or to taste

Dash of pepper

2 t. baking powder

¼ c. peanut oil

1 c. water

1 c. flour

½ c. chopped onion

½ of a 30-oz. bag of frozen hash-browned potatoes, thawed

Directions:

Mix eggs, lemon juice, salt, pepper, baking powder, oil, water, flour and onions. Whip until batter is creamy and not lumpy. Add hash browns and blend with large spoon. Keep batter refrigerated until use.

To prepare, heat nonstick pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Add spoonfuls of potato pancake mixture and fry on both sides until browned and crispy, about 3 min. per side.

10-12 4″ pancakes

Heinemann’s German Brown Bread

Heinemann’s served a sweet soft German brown bread very much like this recipe by The Food Nanny at https://www.thefoodnanny.com/german-brown-bread/ .

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 1 1/4 t. active dry yeast
  • 1 t. sugar
  • 2 t. honey
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 2 t. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 t. coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 t. olive oil

Instructions

Pour the warm water in a small bowl and add the yeast and sugar. Stir and set about 10 min. In a medium size bowl combine the honey, molasses, cocoa, flours, salt and oil, then add the yeast/sugar mix and stir. Turn the dough out onto a counter and form into a ball. If it is too sticky add just a bit of flour.

Put a few drops of olive oil into a small bowl, spread it around and place the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic that has been sprayed with cooking oil. Let dough rise until double, about one hour. Form the dough into a loaf. Spray the bread pan generously with cooking oil. Place dough in the greased pan.

Let rise until double, 30-45 min. and bake at 350 degrees 25 to 30 min. Check the bread by dumping it out just barley and tapping the underneath to see if it sounds hollow. Do not over bake. Cool on a cooling rack.

Heinemann’s famed Yeasted Coffee Cake with Struedel, aka, the German delicacy Streuselkuchen

The restaurant was renown for its yeasted coffeee cake. The cake, known in Germany as Streuselkuchen, is a German specialty, a yeast dough covered with a sweet crumb topping called streusel. The streusel is key for the Heinemann cake.

Here is the Streuselkuchen recipe by Patricia_Scarpin at KeyIngredient.com at https://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/89634/streuselkuchen-german-crumb-cake/

 

German Yeast Dough Ingredients:

1 c. milk

2 1/4 t. yeast

1/4 c. + 1 t. sugar

1/2 c. butter, melted

1 t. lemon zest

2 eggs

5 c. flour

Struesel (Crumb Topping) Ingredients:

1 c. flour

1/2 c. confectioner’s sugar

1/2 c. salted butter, cold

2 t. vanilla

Directions for German Yeast Dough:


Scald milk in a small saucepan. Remove pan from heat and let stand until the milk is warm, about 10 min.; 110 to 120ºF.

Sprinkle the yeast and 1 t. of sugar into the milk and stir well. Let stand for about 10 min., until the yeast is bubbly and foamy.

Make the dough using a stand mixer: combine 2-1/4 c. of the flour with the remaining sugar in the bowl of the mixer and add the butter and lemon zest. Attach the flat beater and mix on low speed for about 3 min. Add the remaining flour 1/2 c. at a time until the flour looks mealy. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand, add the yeast and eggs, and stir with a rubber spatula to make a moist, thick dough. With dough hook, beat on low speed 1 min. Increase the speed to medium and beat 5 min., or until the dough becomes sticky and elastic and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Sprinkle 1 T. flour over the dough and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, 1 hour or more.

Lightly flour a work surface. Dislodge the dough onto the work surface and turn to coat all surfaces lightly with flour. Divide in half. Shape each half into a ball, cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 10 min. The dough is now ready to use.


Directions for Streuselkuchen:

Butter a 9” square baking pan. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to the size of the pan. It will be about ¼” thick. Transfer the dough to the pan and pat it onto the bottom and into the corners. Do not make a rim; the dough should be flat. Cover with a kitchen towel.

Make the Streusel Crumb Topping:

Put the flour, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and butter into the work bowl of a food processor or mixer . let the machine run just until the ingredients begin to form small crumbly masses. Do not process beyond the crumb stage.

Uncover the dough. Press the crumbs to form clumps the size of large peas, and sprinkle on the top of the dough. Continue making larger lumps of streusel and sprinkling them evenly all over the dough. There will be a generous layer of streusel covering the dough. Cover the Streuselkuchen with a kitchen towel and let stand at room temperature for 20 min.

Adjust an oven rack to the center position and preheat to 350ºF.

Uncover the kuchen and place the pan in the oven. Bake for about 30 min., until the kuchen has risen almost to the top of the pan and is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into its center comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle the top with a generous layer of vanilla confectioners’ sugar. Cool completely on a wire rack. This is at its best when very fresh. Cut into portions with a sharp knife.

Boders On-The-River Restaurant and Delish Delivered, starting with the Schaum Torte

John Boder started Boders on-the-River restaurant in Mequon and Thiensville in 1929. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren kept and keep his legacy alive.

Today, we very much miss the restaurant and its gorgeous views of the Milwaukee River as it meanders through Wisconsin. So, we’re happy to report Mr. Boder’s great grandchildren Kathy Burghardt and Suzy Wagner are today preparing the amazing food and heritage of Boders and more in their Mequon business Dish Delivered, where they serve as “personal chef(s) that deliver.” So, leave the expertise to Kathy and Suzy and call them at 414-803-9894 or check out their site at https://www.delishdelivered.net/ .

More information on their business can also be found at https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/delishdeliveredservesupcomfort.

And, if you’d like to try your hand at Boder recipes, we are fortunate the Boder family shared some of their treasured delicacies with us and in a Boders Cookbook. We’re honored to offer you a few shared recipes here and in following posts.

Boder’s Schaum Torte

Ingredients:
1/2 c. egg whites, room temperature
2 t. vinegar
1 t. vanilla extract
2 c. sugar
Strawberries or raspberries to fill tortes
Whipped cream or ice cream to fill tortes

Directions
Beat egg whites in bowl (not plastic) until very stiff; add vinegar and vanilla. While mixer runs, add sugar very gradually until all has been added. Continue beating until mixture is well blended and egg whites again form stiff peaks. Reduce speed to medium and beat 1 minute.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Butter 2 cookie sheets and place large spoonfuls of the batter close together to form circles 4 to 5 inches in diameter. (Center of each circle should have an indentation about 2 inches in diameter, to hold fruit filling.)

Bake in preheated oven 1 hour. Turn oven off and let cool completely in oven.

Just before serving, fill each shell with strawberries or raspberries, and ice cream or whipped cream. Unfilled shells may be frozen.

Mequon Corn Fritters from Boder’s On-The-River

Ingredients:
2 c. flour
4 t. baking powder
1t. salt
4 eggs, separated
1T. salad oil
2 t. vinegar
3 c. kernel corn, drained

Directions:
Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Add slightly beaten egg yolks, salad oil, vinegar and corn and mix well. beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold lightly into the mix, then drop by spoonfuls (large or small, to taste) into deep 375 degree fat until pale golden.

Place in empty, ungreased muffin tins. Just before serving, set in a 350 degree oven and bake 10-15 min. until browned. (Or, if you intend to eat the fritters immediately, you could finish the cooking in the hot fat; Or just set then in the oven long enough to reheat.)
12 large fritters

Boder’s On-The-River’s Cherry or Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

2 c. sifted flour
4 t. baking powder
3/4 c. sugar
1 t. salt
1 c. fresh, frozen or canned blueberries or pitted tart cherries (drained if canned)
Note: It is not necessary to thaw frozen blueberries or cherries
2 eggs
1/2 c. melted butter
1 c. milk
Cinnamon and Sugar Topping (see recipe)

Put paper muffin cup liners in 12 to 14 muffin cups. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Sift all dry ingredients together. Add the blueberries or cherries and mix until well coated.

Beat the eggs well, add the melted butter and milk. Quickly stir the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Do not over mix as over blending will cause a tough texture.

Fill muffin cups three-fourths full and sprinkle with Cinnamon and Sugar Topping. Bake in preheated oven 20 min. or until brown.

Note: Use only butter in this recipe; do not substitute margarine or shortening.
Cinnamon and Sugar Topping
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar

Mix ingredients together and use as directed above.

Betty’s Hershey Torte from Boder’s On-The-River

Unused 1980's BODER'S ON THE RIVER RESTAURANT Mequon Wisconsin WI hs4232 |  eBay

Ingredients:

1 graham cracker crust (see recipe)

1 lb. marshmallows4 Hershey almond bars (4.25 ounces each) (see note)

1 c. whole milk

3 c. heavy whipping cream, whipped until stiff (or use 2 c. Rich’s topping)

Graham cracker crust:

2 c. crushed graham crackers crumbs (about 18 square crackers)

¼ c. sugar

½ c. (1 stick) melted butter

Directions:

Prepare graham cracker crust. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt marshmallows and chocolate bars in the milk. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows melt. Remove from heat and cool completely.

When cool, whip the Rich’s topping or whipping cream and gently fold into chocolate mixture until well combined. Spoon into prepared crust and refrigerate overnight. Mixture will come to top of pan.

Note: Use chocolate bars with crushed, not whole, almonds in them.

Graham cracker crust:

2 cups crushed graham crackers crumbs (about 18 square crackers)

¼ cup sugar

½ cup (1 stick) melted butter

In bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until crust holds together. Press into bottom and up sides of a lightly buttered 13-by-9-inch pan, two 9-inch pie plates or a 9-inch springform pan.

Zwiebelkuchen from Boder’s On-The-River

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zwiebelkuchen — a delicious onion pie reminiscent of quiche, but not nearly so eggy.

Zwiebelkuchen Crust

1 c. flour

1/4 t. salt

1/4 t. sugar

8 T. butter, chilled

2 T. milk

Sift flour, salt and sugar into bowl. Cut in butter as for pie crust. Add milk, a tablespoon at a time, mixing only until dough holds together. Shape into ball, wrap in wax paper and chill one full hour.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out dough and ease into lightly floured 9″ pie plate. Flute edge. Chill 30 min. Line shell with foil. Bake 6 min., remove foil and bake 6-8 min. more until light brown. Cool on rack. Turn oven to 375 degrees.

Filling:

3 sl. bacon cut into small pieces

1 1/2 c. chopped onion

1 egg plus 1 yolk, beaten

1 c. sour cream

1/4 t. salt

Dash of pepper

1/2 t. chopped chives

1 t. caraway seeds

Fry bacon until crisp. Remove from grease and drain on a paper towel. Saute onions in bacon grease until soft; remove with slotted spoon. Combine onions and bacon with all remaining ingredients except caraway seeds. Place mixture in crust. Sprinkle with caraway seeds. Bake until set, about 25 min. Serve warm. Appetizers for 8.