My great Uncle Kenny was a baker. His bakery was called “Oliver’s Bakery” and was in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It still IS in Kenosha, actually. When I asked him, my dad didn’t know what happened to his uncle’s recipes.
I can’t seem to find out just how he ever got into the bakery business. Just like I don’t know how another great aunt and uncle got into the beekeeping/honey business. Those are pretty unusual career choices. (But then I also have a screen writer, a sweater maker, bed and breakfast owners, a pastor, publishers, a wood-worker, and a freight-forwarding/lawyer in the ranks as well, to name a few!!)
My dad and I took a side visit to the famous bakery when we were in town last week.
Even though Racine (ten miles up the road) is the kringle capital of America, Oliver’s is sort of famous for ITS “kringles”, and I wanted to pick one up to take down to the friends I’d be staying with the next night down in Illinois. I had a brief glimpse into my future as a baker recreating all the fabulous yummies that my uncle had created if only I could locate those long lost recipes! I asked the ladies who were working there “whatever happened to my Great Uncle Kenny’s recipes?”. And whattayaknow! They knew! Most of those recipes were in the back of the bakery, still in his original handwriting, and they are in use to this day! When he sold the bakery the recipes went with it. And when that buyer sold it, the recipes changed hands again. So much for my new career as a famous master-baker! Those recipes are lost to my family forever! 🙂 Well, unless we are the next owners, that is!
I’d sure like the recipe for those kringles, because they are the BEST I’ve ever had. For their kringles, and for all their yummies in general, I am bestowing “Unpaid Product Endorsement” status on Oliver’s Bakery!
And guess what? You, too, can nibble on a Blue Cheese (blueberry and cream cheese) kringle! Oliver’s will ship one to you!
Click HERE to visit Oliver’s Bakery…order up a yummy. And tell them that Kenny Oliver’s great niece sent you! 🙂
(You say you don’t know what a kringle is??? Read about the humble kringle HERE.)