Each year during the week of July 4th, my husband and I attend a Pro-Am golf tournament on The Big Island of Hawaii. For my husband, the week is all about golf. For me – you guessed it – it’s all about the food.
Before the fireworks begin, we always enjoy a great American BBQ which is followed by a huge buffet of desserts. Without a doubt, the most popular dessert is the Brownie Sundae Bar. This dessert station always has the longest line! And I don’t think it’s because of the brownie, or the ice cream or all the toppings; I think it’s because sundae bars brings out the child in all of us. This is what inspired this “Loaded” Nesquik Brownie Sundaes recipe. My version is made with chocolate Nesquik powder, a true kid favorite, plus it is loaded with fresh strawberries and blueberries and paired with a scoop of ice cream – I prefer Dreyer’s/Edy’s Light Slow Churned. A perfect summer treat!
And summer, for kids especially, is a time to relax and have fun, but I still like to throw in a few “lessons” when I can. There’s a lot to learn and share in the kitchen, in addition, baking is a great way to spend quality time with your kids.
Since my triplets are seven, I like to have them read recipes to me. This helps improve their comprehension and vocabulary. They can also help gather and measure out all ingredients. Measuring helps teach fractions.
They can also help mix ingredients. Just make sure the bowl is stable! Using an oven timer helps kids understand units of time (this is an absolute favorite for my son shown below).
Cutting or scoring the brownies demonstrates multiplication and division.
And as parents know, if kids help make something, they are likely to eat it too! So bring them in the kitchen, share your knowledge and start creating lasting memories.
Ingredients for 16 servings:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups NESTLÉ NESQUIK Chocolate Flavor Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups any flavor SLOW CHURNED Light Ice Cream
- 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
PREHEAT oven to 325° F. Grease 9-inch-square baking pan.
COMBINE sugar, butter and water in large bowl; stir well. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, Nesquik, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Spread into prepared baking pan.
BAKE for 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Top with scoop of ice cream and a spoonful of strawberries and blueberries.