This week we’re celebrating Mini’s first steps into the culinary world. The Frenchman is mad to get Mini interested in baking and cooking. He’s hoping he’ll have a little chef to follow in his footsteps. I’m happy for Mini to get into it as a hobby but quite frankly, I’d be happy for her to stay away from this profession. Who else would work those hours for that amount of pay and have to endure those levels of stress? Lunatics the lot of them!
Yesterday we gave her her first taste of home baking. She’s still a bit small I feel, but she seemed to enjoy herself and by the end was helping Papa to mix the ingredients with the big spoon! We started with a very simple recipe( so simple even I, the burner of toast can manage) Gateau au yaourt.
Gateau au yaourt is one of the first recipes French kiddies get to grips with as it’s tres facile. The ingredients are measured in pots of yogurts-125g single servings like these-
The recipe is as follows-
2 pots of natural yogurt.
4 pots of flour.
2 pots of sugar.
Nearly 1 pot of vegetable oil.
1 teaspoon vanilla/lemon essence.
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a 9.5 ” or 24cm round cake tin.
Step 2: Place the eggs, essence, yogurt, oil and sugar in a bowl and mix together gently.
Step 3: In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
Step 4: Mix everything together gently until all ingredients are well combined. You can also add a pot of chocolate chips, 2 pots of berries or whatever else takes your fancy.
Step 5: Spoon everything into your cake tin and bake for 30-35 minutes. If it doesn’t pass the knife test, leave for another 5 minutes. It should be crispy on the outside, lovely & fluffy on the inside.
Step 6: Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Step 7: Enjoy…
Until it’s all gone!!
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