Children can learn so much from making things in the kitchen. Not only does it teach them patience and how to follow instructions, but it also teaches science and builds confidence. The younger that you start allowing children to help in the kitchen, the better.
In France, it is customary for children to bake on the weekends. They start at around three years old. They will bake in the morning and enjoy the treats for their afternoon snack. This helps teach patience. It also breaks the cycle of instant gratification. This is a wonderful approach that sets children up for success throughout their lives.
One of the earliest recipes that children delve into is the yogurt cake. This cake is perfect for small hands. It uses two 6 oz. yogurt containers that then become the measuring cups for most of the other ingredients. This recipe is very forgiving, so if a cup is overflowing or not filled all the way to the top, the cake will still turn out well.
You can allow children to get creative with this cake by adding frozen berries or chocolate chips. You can top it with powdered sugar to serve. Use icing, whatever you and your children would like. The possibilities are endless and this is a great way to allow their creativity to shine!
Yogurt Cake (Gâteau au Yaourt)
2 - 6 oz containers of plain yogurt
2 containers Sugar
4 containers Flour
1 container Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 container Frozen Fruit or Chocolate Chips (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375°F
2. Spray large loaf pan or 9" cake pan
3. Combine yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil.
4. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
5. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add any additions.
6. Pour into baking pan and bake 35-45 minutes, until butter knife inserted in center comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool on cooling rack.
8. Enjoy as an afternoon snack!
I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! If you make this cake, please share on Twitter using #alacuisinellc. I would love to hear about your experiences, so please comment below.
I first learned of this recipe when I was reading a book called Bringing Up Bèbè and then again here.
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