Home Schooling – Cooking Class: French Toast

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.

Serves 3.

Suggested toppings: pure maple syrup, powdered sugar, creamed honey, cream cheese.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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