“I’m making Cherries Jubilee,” I told him.
I’ve always wanted to make Cherries Jubilee, and I decided to go whole hog. First I took down my ice cream maker and whipped up a batch of home made vanilla ice cream, though I found to my dismay I was nearly out of vanilla extract. I used almond extract to make up the difference, and discovered that vanilla almond ice cream tastes fantastic!
While that was in the final stages of freezing, I pitted the cherries and put them in a frying pan with some sugar and lemon juice. I cooked them down until the juices ran tart and scarlet, then hosed it carefully with rum. With Darwin and the boys watching, I flicked a long lighter over the pan. Blue flame fired upward. I swirled it all around until the flames died down and spooned this over chilled bowls of vanilla almond ice cream.
Aran looked askance at the whole thing, but once he tried a taste, he said, “Wow!” He kept saying “wow” all the time he was eating. The tart, hot cherries mixed with the sweet, cold ice cream into a delicious dessert.
–Steven Harper Piziks