Since we never got around to attending that trial cooking class at Steps Ahead Learners, I decided to run my own “cooking class” at home. Admitedly, I stole the idea from what little I had observed going on in the cooking class that was in progress when we first walked into Steps Ahead Learners. The kids were making French Toast which I thought was a rather simple activity to reproduce at home.
I was also keen to try it because:
1. They say that kids who are actively involved in making their own food tend to eat it.
2. French Toast is something I have never tried on Gavin but sounded like something he might enjoy eating.
In the kitchen, I reckon French Toast is probably about as easy as it gets aside from boiling water, making rice in a rice cooker and cooking instant noodles. All you need is:
- an egg
- a little bit of milk
- a couple of pieces of bread
Whisk the egg in a bowl with a fork – your toddler will have a lot of fun doing this. Add the milk and stir it in – again something a toddler can do fairly easily with a little bit of help. Soak the bread in the mixture – ditto. Then pan fry the bread in a non-stick pan or with a little butter – I brought Gavin out into the kitchen to watch while I cooked the French Toast. Top it off with a little honey and you’re done!
To date, we’ve tried this activity twice. Unfortunately, Gavin doesn’t like French Toast. After two bites, he gave the rest to me. I was encouraged the second time because it was Gavin who initiated the activity. He told me he wanted to cook egg bread and I assumed it meant he wanted to eat it. Unfortunately, his idea was to cook “egg bread” for Mummy to eat – very sweet and thoughtful but not what I had in mind.
I haven’t decided what to make for next week, but I found a pretty interesting recipe site with lots of simple recipes to choose from. You might also find their French Toast recipe a little tastier than mine:
Crispy French Toast
6 bread slices
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon oil
Beat eggs. Add milk, sugar, and cinnamon and mix together. Use a fork to dip each bread slice into the mixture one at a time. The key here is to dip it in the mixture long enough to soak well, but not too long so you avoid it breaking apart.
Cook bread on a hot griddle or skillet over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Use a potato masher to gently press down so your French toast is crispy and golden in the center without burning the crust.
Suggested toppings: pure maple syrup, powdered sugar, creamed honey, cream cheese.