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, located opposite Gesu Catholic Church, every day. I was not alone as we hungrily peered 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.

Heinemann’s Russian Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:

10 c. homemade beef stock

1 c. chopped celery

1 ¼ c. chopped onion

1 c. chopped carrots

1 ¼ c. diced canned tomatoes (undrained)

1 ¼ c. crushed tomatoes (undrained)

1 lb. ground beef

1 lb. (about 5 c.) chopped cabbage

4 c. peeled and diced potatoes (¾-inch cubes)

½ t. black pepper

3T. sugar

3-4 T. cider vinegar (This is a sweet-sour soup; adjust cider vinegar to taste.)

2 T. freshly chopped parsley

Directions:

In large pot, combine stock, celery, onion, carrot and diced and crushed tomatoes and simmer, uncovered, 1 hr.

While soup cooks, cook the beef until well browned. Drain to remove fat.

After soup has cooked, add cabbage and beef and cook another hr., skimming top as needed. Add potatoes and cook just until tender, about 20 min. Add remaining ingredients, heat through and check seasonings.

8-10 servings.

Marshall Field’s Cream of Mushroom Soup

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1/4 c. butter
2 t. chopped onion
1 3/4 c. chopped fresh mushrooms
1 qt. chicken broth
2 T. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 c. Half And Half

Melt 2 T. butter in large saucepan. Add onions and mushrooms and cook until soft, about 2 min.
Add chicken broth. Cover tightly and simmer 15 min.

In small skillet, melt remaining 2 T. butter. Stir in flour and 1/2 t. salt. Cook 30 seconds or until bubbly. Blend in 1 c. hot mushroom mix.

Pour into large saucepan with half and half. Beat well. Heat to boil, stirring constantly. Taste and add more salt, if necessary.

Top each serving with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream.

Marshall Field’s Potpie (Mrs. Hering’s Famous Chicken Potpie)

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This Potpie is synonymous with Marshall Field’s. It is, in fact, Mrs. Hering’s Chicken Potpie, which was made famous in 1890 when a Marshall Field’s clerk heard customers talking about lunch and offered them the homemade chicken potpie she brought for her own lunch. She set up a table, served her pie, and started a tradition, according to the Marshall Field’s Cookbook by Stephen Siegelman and Marshall Fields.

Chicken and broth:
1 3 1/2 lb. frying chicken
1 carrot
1 celery stalk
1 sm.onion, halved
2 t. salt

Directions: Combine chicken, carrot, celery, onion, and salt in large stockpot. Add cold water just to cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease heat to low and simmer 45 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and allow to cool.

Increase the heat to high and bring broth to a boil for 20 min. to concentrate the broth. Pass the broth through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the vegetables. When cool enough to handle, pull the chicken meat from the bones and shred into bite-sized pieces.

The dough:
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. cold unsalted butter, diced
1/4 c. vegetable shortening, chilled
3 to 4 T. ice water

Directions:

Combine flour, salt, and butter in bowl to combine. Add the shortening and combine until dough resembles coarse cornmeal. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with 2 1/2 to 3 T. of ice water. Stir and then press with a wooden spoon until the dough sticks together. A little at a time, add more water if the dough won’t come together. Shape dough into a ball and then flatten into a disk. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 min. or up to 2 days before rolling.


The filling:
6 T. unsalted butter
1 lg. onion, diced (about 1 1/4 c.)
3 carrots, sliced thinly on the bias
3 celery stalks, sliced thinly on the bias
1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. milk
1 t. chopped fresh thyme
1/4 c. dry sherry
3/4 c. frozen green peas, thawed
2 T. minced fresh parsley
1 t. salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
1 egg beaten with 1 T. water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add butter. When the butter is melted, add the onion, carrots, and celery for filling and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 min. until the onion is soft and translucent.

Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 min.

Slowly whisk in the milk and 2 1/2 c. of the broth. Decrease heat to low and simmer, stirring often, for 10 min.

Add the chicken meat, thyme, sherry, peas, parsley, salt, and pepper and stir well. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Make the pies:
Divide the warm filling among six 10-to-12-oz potpie tins or individual ramekins.

Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out to 1/4″ thick. Cut into 6 rounds about 1″ larger than the dish circumference. Lay a dough round over each potpie filling. Tuck the overhanging dough back under itself and flute the edges with a fork. Cut a 1″ slit in the top of each pie. Brush tops of pies with egg wash. Line a baking sheet with cooking parchment.

Place pies on the baking sheet and bake 25 min., until pastry is golden and filling is bubbling. Serve hot.

6 servings

Bruce Z’s Polish Red Borsch (BARSZCZ CZERWONY)

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My uncle Bruce’s big, meaty, delicious barszcz czerwony truly has that old-world cachet and will wonderfully impress guests. This recipe is sized for a party. (P.S. Also known as borscht, bortsch, borstch, borshtch, borsh, borshch, Ukrainian борщ)

Bruce Z’s Polish Red Borscht (BARSZCZ CZERWONY)
10 lbs. boneless chuck roast, cut into 3″ squares
2 beef soup bones
Butter or olive oil
8 lg. carrots, sliced into 1/2“ rounds
8 lg. turnips, sliced into nice size strips
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Dayton’s Department Store Recipes

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Dining at Dayton’s Department store’s Oak Grill or Sky Room or picking up salads and dishes at the Marketplace in Minneapolis or St. Paul or the surrounding Twin City suburbs was a joy. And the local newspapers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press were inundated for recipes. the following posts are from some of the Dayton’s recipes from treasured newspaper clippings.

Dayton’s Boundary Waters Wild Rice Soup

Dayton’s in downtown St. Paul

Wild rice was all the rage in Minneapolis in the 1980s. Dayton’s was no exception.

Serves 6.

To toast almonds, place nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, and cook, stirring (or shaking the pan frequently) until they just begin to release their fragrance, about 2 to 3 min. From “The Marshall Field’s Cookbook.”

• 6 T. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter

• 1 c. diced yellow onion

• 1 small leek, halved lengthwise, rinsed well, and thinly sliced

• 1 1/2 c. sliced button mushrooms

• 3/4 c. diced carrots

• 1/2 c. flour

• 6 c. chicken broth

• 1 1/2 c. cooked wild rice

• 1/2 roasted chicken, skin and bones removed and meat chopped (1 to 1 1/2 c.)

• 1 c. heavy cream

• 5 T. dry sherry

• 2 t. salt

• 1 1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper

• 2 T. freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley

• 1 t. freshly chopped thyme leaves

• 2 T. slivered almonds, toasted, for garnish

Directions

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 min. Add leek, mushrooms and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 min.

Add flour and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 min. Whisk in chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then decrease heat to low and simmer for 20 min. Add wild rice, chicken, cream, sherry, salt, pepper, parsley and thyme and cook until warmed through, about 5 min.

Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Ladle into bowls, garnish with almonds and serve hot.

Creamy Peasant Turkey Soup with Waldorf Noodles

Roasted turkey stock, rustic vegetables and cream sent over the top with the handmade soup noodles as described Waldorf Astoria Maitre D’Hotel Oscar Tschirky in his 1896 cookbook, Oscar Of The Waldorf.

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Creamy Peasant Turkey Soup
Ingredients
2 tbsp. butter
6 stalks celery with inner, tender stalks and leaves, cut in 1″ square pieces
6 carrots, cut in 1″ square pieces
I med. or lg. onion, cut in ½-1″ square pieces
1 lg. turnip, ½-1″ dice
2-3 bay leaf
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Karl Ratzsch’s Liver Dumpling Soup

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A traditional and amazing soup. The recipe was originally published in 1980 by the Milwaukee Sentinel.

Karl Ratzsch’s Liver Dumpling Soup
1 qt. consumme, beef broth or beef bouillon
2 tbsp. bread crumbs
4 tbsp. butter

Liver Dumplings
1 lb. calves liver, coursely ground
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Karl Ratzsch’s Chicken Okra Soup

The restaurant revealed this recipe to the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1980.

Karl Ratzsch’s Chicken Okra Soup
1 (4 lb.) chicken
2 qts. water
2 lg. carrots, peeled, diced
1 lg. onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1/3 c. flour
2 oz. butter
1 sm. can whole tomatoes, diced
1 sm. can cut okra
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Karl Ratzsch’s Potato Soup

This recipe was originally published in the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1977, but the Sentinel erred, listing the chicken bouillon ingredient twice and not enough cream. The recipe is corrected here.

Karl Ratzsch’s Potato Soup
1 onion, finely chopped
1 leek, finely chopped
½ gal. water
2 Maggi chicken bouillon cubes
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Karl Ratzsch’s Restaurant Split Pea Soup with Ham

This recipe is occasionally served at Karl Ratzsch’s. The recipe was requested and published recently in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s reader’s request section, found here: http://www.jsonline.com/features/recipes/56808987.html. John Poulos, executive chef and co-owner, sent the recipe, saying, customers may request it in advance.

Karl Ratzsch’s Restaurant Split Pea Soup with Ham
2 tbsp. bacon grease
¾ c. onion, diced
½ . carrot, diced
½ c. celery, diced
2 bay leaves
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Karl Ratzsch’s German Lentil Soup

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The recipe comes from John Poulos, executive chef at Karl Ratzsch Restaurant, 320 E. Mason St. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, in 1999

Karl Ratzsch’s German Lentil Soup
1 pkg. (16 oz.) dried lentils
3 qts. ham stock
1 bay leaf
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp. granulated garlic
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
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Karl Ratzsch’s Cream of Mushroom Soup

This soup, which is only served on Saturdays, recently appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a column compiled by Joanne Kempinger Demski at http://www.jsonline.com/features/food/98279919.html.  The recipe is an updated version of the restaurant’s soup by Chef and co-owner John Poulos.

Karl Ratzsch’s Cream of Mushroom Soup
1½ lbs. sliced button mushrooms
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) salted butter
¾ c. flour
6 c. chicken stock
1/3 teaspoon white pepper
1 qt. heavy whipping cream
1 c. dry white wine
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