Think back to Mother’s Day. We adored the hand-drawn pictures by the littlies, the perfume and the flowers too, but boy, oh boy did we love a few hours to ourselves to do whatever we wanted. That was the best bit, time to yourself, right?
So seeing it’s Father’s Day just around the corner, why not continue that goodwill gesture and organise some time for Dad in his favourite seat possible: the one in front of the TV? You and the kids can whip up some yummy daddy dude food for him while he decides if it’s Bad Neighbours 2, Money Monster, The Boss or Dad’s Army that he’s going to watch. All gifted for Father’s Day, of course.
There’s no better dude food than this recipe. It’s sweet, it’s something he’d never make himself and it’s something you’ll really enjoy making with the kids – it’s perfect for a few sneaky ‘taste test’ along the way. Here goes: my Choc-Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich.
Oh, and be sure to leave a few ‘leftovers’ in the freezer for during the week when the kids have finally gone to bed and you can get your hands on the remote to binge-watch DVDs with hubby on the couch. Here are a few suggested boxed sets you’ll both love:
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Choc-Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich.
Your man will like nothing better on Father's Day than to nosh on this and watch his new boxset.
- Plain or spelt flour: 2 cups
- Baking powder: ½ teaspoon
- Salt: pinch
- Unsalted butter: 170g
- Brown sugar: 1 cup
- White sugar: ½ cup
- Vanilla extract: 1 tablespoon
- Egg: 1
- Egg yolk: 1
- Chocolate chips: 2 cups
- Salted caramel ice cream: 1 litre tub
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 165°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Step 2: In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour with the baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whip together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar with a mixer until well blended.
Step 3: Add the vanilla, egg and egg yolk to the butter mixture and beat until it’s light and creamy. Stir through the sifted dry ingredients until just combined and finish by mixing in the chocolate chips.
Step 4: If you want to make big daddy-dude-dood sized cookies, pop ¼ cup amounts of cookie dough onto the lined trays but be sure to leave room for spreading. If you want them smaller, a few tablespoons will do it.
Step 5: Pop them in the oven to bake for 17 to 20 minutes or slightly less if you’re cooking smaller ones. Cool on the baking trays for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Step 6: Cut the ice cream tub (container and all) into 3cm rings. Peel the container off and pop the slices in between the cooled cookies. At this point you can roll the ice cream sandwiches in nuts, seeds or even melted chocolate. They will store great in the freezer until Dad’s ready to hook in.
More great ideas for Father's Day: