About 3 – 4 times per week, Rachel’s Sister and her two boys come over. They are great to have and our daughter Ruby sure loves them. Both boys have taken a liking to cooking; Sam likes to create things from scratch and Jesse prefers to follow recipes.
One evening we were figuring out a dessert. We had ice cream in the freezer but desperately wanted a topping to jazz it up. I sliced up apples, pears, and bananas. The boys began mixing butter and sugar in a saute pan to make a caramel sauce.
Lesson #1: if you add too much sugar, and cook for too long, you get a hard, caramel candy. Delicious but not conducive to what we were attempting to accomplish.
Lesson #2: cooking bananas and pears in hot butter and sugar leaves you with a banana & pear tasting gel. Also delicious but visibly, all you see are the apples.
In the end, we had an extremely sweet caramel fruit sauce over vanilla ice cream. Not the best thing for Ruby when we are getting her ready for bed but wonderful nonetheless. The hard caramel chunks from Lesson #1 above, were broken up and sprinkled on top.
I have never excelled at making dessert; probably because I have never given it much effort. For anyone who has any great dessert recipes, please pass them along.