Happy Fourth of July! As we celebrate America’s independence, we must never forget the true meaning of the holiday and what freedom means for people across the world. For Sigmund and his brothers, Max and Sol, the United States truly did bring them liberation for the concentration camp in which they were held. It then provided them a home, a place to start a business, and a place to raise their families. The rest, as they say, is history.
Now we certainly think that is worth celebrating! Freedom is sweet, and so are these delicious treats for your holiday festivities.
For those really looking to go all out with their patriotism, our cake baking pros can put together a stunning display of red, white and blue!
And if you really feel the need to go all out with a stunning dessert, why not have your entire poolside holiday cookout again … as a sweet treat? Check out these cakes:
What’s more American than a pie? Be it apple, cherry or pecan, the 4th of July just does not feel right without one.
No matter how you choose to spend this day, make sure you keep in mind the tremendous sacrifices made by many brave Americans in the name of freedom.
Happy summer! We’re just a week away from the official start of the season, although you could be forgiven for thinking it started in April just based on the temperatures! The thermometer might be reaching triple-digits in your car, and when you see that, it’s time to turn your wheel in the direction of our bakery. We keep plenty of our sweet treats at a chilly temperature, which are perfect to help cool you down!
Need something refreshing to sip on while you indulge your sweet tooth? At our Memorial or Washington locations, you can also get a cup of gourmet iced coffee!
And they don’t call it the “dog days of summer” for nothing – your canine pal is probably feeling the heat as much as you are! Bring a four-legged friend out to the patio at our Washington location to enjoy a treat together.
Beat the heat with a sweet treat here at Three Brothers!
It’s June, which means summer – and summertime means traveling! We will be here all summer baking, of course, but we have a friend of ours who wants to go on vacation with you.
Our trusty Gingerbread Man is ready to be in your carry-on, on your road trip, on your boat – or wherever your travels take you. He is so ready, in fact, that we have launched a contest to encourage his adventures – and you can win big by participating.
Starting today, June 5 (which is also National Gingerbread Day), we are beginning a contest for JetSet Gingy. The premise is simple: take our gingerbread man with you on vacation, snap a picture and share it with us on social media by using the hashtag #JetSetGingy. At the end of the summer, we will give away a dozen gingerbread men to winners in the following three categories:
- Longest distance traveled: Whoever takes their gingerbread man the furthest from Houston will automatically receive a prize.
- Fan favorite: At the end of the summer, we will compile all the entries with the hashtag #JetSetGingy into a Facebook album. The picture with the most likes will also receive a prize.
- Judge favorite: We will be inviting some of our friends in the Houston media to pick their favorite pictures among those submitted. We will tally up their votes and award another prize to the submission with the highest number of votes. Get creative – you do not have to leave Houston to take a great photo.
Now, let’s show the Gingerbread Man the world! A word of advice before you go – put Gingy in a Tupperware container. If you just wrap him in a plastic baggie, there’s a chance he could break in transit.
Need some inspiration before you go? Take a look at some of his previous journeys.
Every once in a while, we become a part of some truly sweet memories and cannot help but share them. This is one such time.
Back in February, a fourth-grader named Madilyn in California, MO, wrote us a letter. She was tasked to find a successful business in the United States and write a thank you and congratulations letter to them. Madilyn wrote to Three Brothers Bakery because she had heard about our bakery’s background in the Holocaust and found our story incredible.
Here’s her original letter:
After receiving the touching letter, we did a little research and found Madilyn’s elementary school. To pay her kindness forward, Bobby sent a nice letter back … along with a package full of gingerbread men for her entire class!
Below are some pictures of Madilyn and her class with the gingerbread men, along with the thank you notes they sent back to us. What a wonderful reminder of the powers that the wonder of a child and a hand-written note can have!
Happy summer! Ok, so the official season does not start until June, but you can feel it in the weather, and school is coming to a close – that makes it summer to us!
We have many a sweet treat to ring in all the major holidays and occasions you can celebrate over the next few months. Vets, dads and grads are sure to get a kick out of these!
Don’t be shy about letting your patriotism show – you have two opportunities to show your American pride coming up soon. The first comes on Monday, May 29, when we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom on Memorial Day. Then, shortly after, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4. The holiday falls on a Monday this year, which is as good a reason as any to make sure you are well stocked on red, white and blue sweet treats for the whole family!
Graduation also comes around at the end of May or beginning of June, depending on various school schedules. While it is always sad to close one chapter of someone’s academic life, a fun cake ensures a sweet start to the next chapter! And don’t just think these cakes are limited to high school and college – we make them for kindergarten, 5th grade and 8th grade!
Summer also brings us Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19). What better way to show appreciation for the special paternal figures in your life than with a sweet thanks?
For all the special occasions coming your way soon, keep us in mind! Prepare for the summer heat by munching on something sweet.
It is just the middle of May, and it already feels like we have celebrated a full year of food-related holidays here on the blog. But this week’s is particularly special, given that it ties in with our very reason for being: Baking Day! Celebrated this year on May 17, it’s a day to celebrate loved ones by showering them with baked goods. Ideally, these baked goods are ones you make at home for them.
We know baking is a task a lot of people would rather leave to the pros like us, which is totally understandable! Whether for lack of knowledge or time, we get plenty of visits from people who need to outsource their baking to us. But for this one day, we want to empower you to bake for yourself, and have several ideas of how you can take some of our core products and turn them into something new and delicious! (You can always come to us for a cake or a pie to sweeten the deal, too.)
Challah French Toast:
All you need to do is dip each slice of bread into a raw scrambled egg mixture.
Heat your stove top to medium or medium low and let each side cook for about 3-4 min TOPS (if you don’t like your French toast crispy, do each side for 2 min) use a skillet, or pan for this and coat it with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
You can add syrup, powdered sugar, or fresh fruit to the finished product.
Onion Board Pizza:
Preheat your oven to 350°
First you will need to get some tomato sauce and spread it all over the onion board (this will act as your pizza crust).
Top it off with some veggies: like bell pepper, olives, spinach, broccoli, or whatever else you can think of.
Then, if you would like, you can also add some meats to the pizza.
After you add meats and veggies, cover the pizza in mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Let the pizza bake in the oven at 350° for about 15 minutes. Keep in mind, the onion board is already cooked, so you don’t want to leave it in too long or it will get burnt.
* NOTE: We only sell our onion boards on Sundays and keep a limited quantity. Call ahead and reserve yours!
For delicious treat made completely from scratch, we recommend trying your hand at making Kugel, or “Jewish Lasagna.”
For this, you’ll need:
* 1 stick melted butter
* 8 oz cream cheese (you can use fat free)
* 16 oz sour cream (you can use fat free)
* 1 c sugar
* 6 eggs
* 3 cans of drained apricot halves
* 1.5 packages of yolk-free noodles
* Butter flavored non-stick spray
* ½ c graham cracker crumbs
* 1 Tsp sugar
* Tsp cinnamon
* Whole apricots
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and eggs.
Chop up the three cans of drained apricot halves. Add to the creamed blend.
In a different bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and cinnamon.
Pour the cooked noodles (after draining) into the creamed mix with the chopped apricots.
Spray a glass rectangular baking dish with butter flavored non-stick spray and pour the creamed mixture into it.
Top the creamed mixture with the graham cracker mixture, then top it with whole apricots.
Bake the kugel for one hour at 350 degrees.
Cool, then enjoy!
So get to baking, friends! We hope the process brings you as much joy as it has brought us for over 65 years.
While most of our blog posts center around joyous celebrations, we take some time to reflect on Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which fell on May 4-5. This day is particularly important for us here at Three Brothers Bakery since our founders all survived the Holocaust in Europe. We pause to reflect on the horrors endured during this period and remember those who were not as fortunate to emerge alive from the atrocities.
Last year, we provided some information about the experiences of Sigmund Jucker, one of the original three brothers, here on the blog. (He also spoke to the kind folks at Good Morning America.) This year, we would like to tell you a little more about the story of their sister, Janie.
Janie was a smart, attractive young woman whose strength and tenacity was on display from an early age. When the Jucker home had been taken, a Gestapo officer said they could have it back if she gave herself to him – she refused. She had no idea what would happen if she refused, but she did so anyway – her first act of courage.
On another occasion, the Nazis took over the bakery. She was working in her family’s bakery for the Nazis (likely for no pay) and risked death when she stole bread from her own family’s bakery. She gave that bread to her next door neighbors, who had many children. After the war, she saw one of them in New York and found out the bread she gave them kept them alive.
One day, Janie hid in a room with many friends and family, as their home had been stolen by the Nazis. The officers were banging on the door. She told the others that someone had to answer the door because if they did not, they would come in and kill them all. It happened to her friend the day before, and Janie did not want it to happen to them. She was the brave soul who opened the door, and the officers took her, leaving the others behind. Janie was taken to a local prison where she awaited her fate.
The Nazis took her mother to a jail, but she was never able to see her. Their father, meanwhile, hid underneath the floorboards of a house for months since he was considered a prominent Jewish man in their town. Janie found out where he was located and went to see him as well, but the next day he was taken to Auschwitz because another person gave up his hiding place.
Unfortunately, Janie suffered the same fate of most Jews during the late 1930s and early 1940s. She wound up at the forced labor camp Klagenfurt, and fell into good favor with the head Jewish man, Bernard Wellner, ultimately marrying him. This allowed her to transfer into the office of the camp, where she was able to locate her three brothers and managed to have them all transferred to another camp, together.
Sigmund, Sol and Max were eventually freed from Klagenfurt by the Russians in 1945. After their liberation, the three of them found bicycles to get to a nearby village in order to find Janie. By the power of word of mouth, they eventually did. Janie, ever the watchful presence of the family, helped guide them all to a repatriation camp where they were able to secure passage to America after a year.
Even across the sea, Janie continued to play an integral role in shaping the destiny of the family and the bakery. While Sigmund and his brothers looked to move to Colorado upon arriving in the United States, Janie convinced them that Houston held the most opportunity for them. So, with Janie’s help identifying a sponsor, and after working for local grocery chain Henke & Pilot, they opened Three Brothers Bakery here over 65 years ago. The rest, as they say, is history.
We hope you join us in saluting the tenacity and endurance of survivors like Janie as well as in remembering the struggles so that future generations can never forget.
Thanksgiving is a most welcome time of the year because everyone takes the time to slow down and count their blessings. In that spirit, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the many things we are thankful for at Three Brothers.
We are thankful for the safety of our bakery. While we did sustain substantial water damage, we were spared from the worst of the Memorial Day flooding here in Houston. We know everyone in the area was affected, and many lost everything – even their lives. Our hearts continue to go out to those working to rebuild their homes and businesses.
We are also thankful for good health. As our co-owner Janice celebrates nine years as a breast cancer survivor, we continue to work hard fundraising for a cure!
We are thankful to be included with other wonderful businesses in the INC 5000, the fastest growing private companies in America, and ICIC Inner City 100, the fastest growing business within inner cities.
We are thankful that after five years, people are still fascinated by the Turducken of desserts, our Pumpecapple Piecake! What fun it was to see Bobby presenting the pie on Fox News this month.
Last but certainly not least, we are thankful for the wonderful team who makes this bakery what it is. Their commitment to excellence is nothing short of awe-inspiring, and their passion in creating everything from emoji cookies to the Gingerbread Pie never ceases to amaze us.
Most of all, we are thankful that we have the ability to be a part of the lives of our friends and guests every day. Being able to share such sweet memories with you all for 66 years now has brought us immeasurable joy. We look forward to continuing to be a part of the communities that make our business possible!