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In the French kitchen with kids: Les Petits Chefs work with choux pastry

Gourgeres on eatlivetravelwrite.com(these gougères were the very first batch I made back in 2010. I’ve been hooked ever since!)

If you read this blog with any regularity you might know that choux pastry is one of my absolute favourite things! So it’s natural that there would be a few choux recipes in the cookbook I am working on! This term the Petits Chefs are testing some of the recipes for my book and though a group of boys made gougères last term for a visiting inspection committee, I knew I wanted to test the recipe again and have the boys help me write clear (for kids too!) directions.

With a full crew of boys this term, some of the recipes won’t be as easy to simply give and observe them following the directions and this is one of them (for timing reasons – I know 60 minutes is pretty short to make gougères with beginners from start to finish). Instead, I had them in groups and I read the instructions out and had them follow them to the letter, making note of the things that were not clear…

We started off learning (or getting a refresher for some boys) how to measure liquids. The boys made sure they were at eye-level to the measuring jug…

Kids measuring milk to make choux pastry on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe fluffed and scooped our flour…

Kids measuring flour to make choux pastry on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd used a long knife to sweep it off to make it level:

Kids measuring flour to make choux pastry on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe learned why it’s important to keep on stirring when you’re cooking off flour with milk and butter…

Kids cooking flour off to make choux pastry on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd made beautiful choux pastry:

Kids cooking flour milk and butter to make choux pastry on eatlivetravelwrite.com(note the slight crust in the bottom of the pan? The boys were excited to hear that it’s supposed to be there!)

We cooled off the choux pastry a little bit…

Kids cooling down choux pastry before adding eggs on eatlivetravelwrite.comBefore we added the eggs:

Kids cracking eggs into choux pastry on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd kept on stirring even when the mixture looked wrong!

Kids cracking eggs into choux pastry on eatlivetravelwrite.com(the recipe actually says it might look like you’ve made a big mistake but tells you to keep on going and eventually the pastry will come together!)

We added the carefully grated and carefully measured cheese:

Kids fixing cheese into choux pastry on eatlivetravelwrite.comEt voilà!

Kids scooping choux pastry to make gougeres on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids scooping choux pastry with spoons to make gougeres on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis part of the recipe was a little challenging to write but with the boys’ input, I think I’ve managed to word it so it’s easy to understand (thanks guys!).

Kids spooning choux pastry to make gougeres on eatlivetravelwrite.com25 minutes later…. (during which time we cleaned up and ran quickly through the recipe)…

Gougeres made by kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comNot the best picture but wow – beautiful puffy cheesy gougères! Proud of these boys!

Stay tuned to see what recipes we test from In the French kitchen with kids next week!

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2 Responses to In the French kitchen with kids: Les Petits Chefs work with choux pastry

  1. Geoff January 25, 2017 at 17:11 #

    Loved the post… there seems to be very little that the LPCs can’t do when they put their minds to it. Well done boys…

    • Mardi Michels January 26, 2017 at 07:28 #

      Well, having a well-written recipe definitely helps and I’m so lucky they are helping me with this!

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