Spend nine hours making a bûche de noël only to have little Clumsypants knock it off the counter? Let’s not and say we did.
Keep holiday treats simple with this kid-pleasing recipe from chef/dad Glenn Harris of The Smith restaurant.
Apple Pie Sundaes
2 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, and cut into thin wedges)
2 tbsp. butter
½ c. sugar
1 tbsp. cream
2 graham crackers
Ice cream of your choice (vanilla works best)
1. In a nonstick skillet, cook apples with 1 tbsp. butter and ¼ c. sugar until tender. Remove from heat and cool for about 5 minutes.
2. Make a caramel sauce by cooking ¼ c. sugar slowly in a small pot. When the sugar has melted, add the remaining 1 tbsp. of butter and whisk until dissolved. Remove from heat and slowly add cream; continue to whisk until sauce is smooth.
3. Chop the graham crackers into a coarse, sand-like mixture and place in a bowl. Then gently fold the apples, caramel sauce, and graham crackers together.
4. In a tall sundae glass or cup, scoop in the ice cream and apple mixture in alternating layers. Garnish it all with a drizzle of caramel, whipped cream, and more crushed graham crackers.
It’s the sweetest thing.
Want decadent desserts straight from the chef? Visit The Smith, 55 Third Avenue, between 10th and 11th Streets (212-420-9800 or thesmithnyc.com).
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
What: Clydesdales ferry you around Astor Court.
Why: Fun reins.
When: Thru Dec. 27. Sat. & Sun., 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx (718-220-5100). Tickets at the Children’s Zoo ticket window.
A Family Celebration
What: The Jewish Museum opens its doors for arts and crafts, live music, and more.
Why: There’s something for everyone.
When: Fri., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 1109 Fifth Ave., at 92nd St. (212-423-3200).
What: The musical comedy from the Junie B. Jones songwriters follows the adventures of a young girl and her funky circle of friends.
Why: It’s an Off Broadway bargain.
When: Thru Feb. 15. Mon. & Tues., 1 & 4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., 1 & 4 p.m.; Sat., 7 p.m.
Where: Daryl Roth Theatre’s DR2 Theatre, 101-103 E. 15th St., b/t Union Square E. & Irving Pl. (212-375-1110). Tickets at 212-239-6200.
Photo: Courtesy of The Smith