Oil and water: Not enough of one, too much of another

9:39 AM, Jan 29, 2009   |    comments
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Dad and dessert. Two words that my kids don't often say in the same sentence. Well, except if they were saying, "Dad do you know what Mom is making for dessert?" You need a hunk of meat barbequed? No problem. Bacon and eggs? Done. But cake? Not my best game. After another try this weekend I figured out the problem-- too many ingredients and too little attention span. With my wife away Sunday, the kids convinced me to let them do dessert. In a moment of weakness I said sure. So off we went to the grocery store. As is usually the case, the kids couldn't agree. Cake. Brownies. Cupcakes. Back to cake. At the finish line it was a split decision. We went home with a cake mix and a box of brownie fixings. It was more than I bargained for times two. But I thought having a back up might end up being a good idea. Turns out I should have had back up for the back up. We didn't have nearly enough oil for two projects. Hmm. No more vegetable oil? What would my mom do? Butter. She'd add butter! But there wasn't enough of that either. (Sunday's shopping day for my wife.) Time to punt. We had olive oil. Olive? Vegetable? Seemed like a good idea until we got it in the mix. Suffice it to say, chocolate-covered olives will never be popular. Meanwhile, Bryan was "reading" his own directions. They called for a "one, one and four of water Daddy." One, one and four? Oh, that'd be 1 ¼ cups water. As we were mixing up the brownie batter it seemed a little soupy. That's because "one, one and four" was actually one, slash, four. As in a quarter cup of water. Hmm. What would my mom do? Butter. She'd add butter! Just kidding. She'd never add that much water and be in this soupy situation. We ended up adding a lot of flour. Believe it or not, both of the poorly organized projects came out of the oven looking right. But the taste? Well, it's a good thing Daddy bought extra frosting. By the time the kids got through the thick topcoat they weren't much interested in the meat of their treats. Oil and water may mean problems, but for a dad pretending to be a baker, frosting will fix anything.

By Jeff Olsen, KARE 11 News

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