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Les Petits Chefs make gougères from In the French kitchen with kids

Finished gougeres from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe’re back! The Petits Chefs are back for the term! We had a huge amount of boys sign up (many many more than I can accommodate) which is heartening and hard at the same time. SO happy so many boys are interested in learning to cook, it’s hard because I can’t take everyone at the start. I’m doing a bit of creative juggling to try to accommodate as many boys as I can over the course of the whole term so hopefully I’ll teach everyone who applied to join (the good news is that my club is year-round unlike some so if they miss out this term, then can come out another time!).

Since we were starting with mostly a new group of boys, I wanted to choose an easy recipe for the first session. So, we made gougères from In the French kitchen with kids (of course!). “You made – choux pastry – with 18 boys in an hour?” Why yes I did! (total sidebar: to the Amazon reviewers questioning whether my book really is “for kids” and suggesting that the recipes involve long lists of ingredients, I point you in the direction of this recipe…).

Actually nothing could be easier than gougères, even with a huge class in a small space using very basic equipment.

We started out by grating cheese…

Kids grating cheese for gougeres from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Cheese grated for gougeres from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com(for once) no fingers were harmed in the making of this recipe!

We learned how to measure liquid (getting down to eye level)…

Measuring liquid for making gougeres from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe made “mashed potatoes” with our butter, water and flour…

Choux pastry dough in the making from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids adding flour to butter and water for choux pastry from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe cooled the mixture off a little then we added our eggs…

Kids making choux pastry from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids stirring eggs into choux pastry from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com (sidebar here: every choux pastry recipe out there says to mix in the eggs one at a time. I can safely assure you that if you add two at a time, the pastry still works out 😉 )

We added cheese to our pastry…

Stirring cheese into choux pastry from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd we got to work making our gougères. I don’t have enough cookie scoops for everyone (it’s what I use at home when I am making a large amount) and piping bags often don’t work that well because the cheese gets stuck in the tip,we used the good old “two spoons method” which the boys totally took charge of (a reminder that the amount they would take home depended on the amount they made didn’t go astray either!)…

Kids bake gougeres from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Not piping gougeres from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids using spoons to make gougeres from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Spooning out gougeres from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comWho needs a piping bag? 😉

And then we read the recipe and cleaned up while the baked…

Gougeres baked from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comThey’re pretty perfect, huh?

Kids choosing gougeres from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids dividing up gougeres from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com(^^^ this pretty much sums up cooking club – overhead shot with my feet in it, boys with Tupperware and everyone making sure they take home their fair share LOL!)

I don’t know abut you but this looks like a pretty great after school snack to me!

Gougeres packed up and ready to go from In the French kitchen with kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comChoux pastry in under an hour with 18 boys in a very basically equipped (and too small) science lab? Yes you can!

Stay tuned for an exciting term of guest chefs, field trips and a new initiative with  charity partner!

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5 Responses to Les Petits Chefs make gougères from In the French kitchen with kids

  1. Geoff September 20, 2018 at 18:29 #

    Welcome back LPCs

  2. Diane September 20, 2018 at 22:04 #

    Mardi I would never doubt your skills for a moment. Maybe the reviewer didn’t know you were a teacher. Glad to hear you have a popular class and maybe more funds will go your way:) Good luck with the book.

    • Mardi Michels September 21, 2018 at 05:30 #

      Aw thanks so much! I’m pretty sure the book mentions my experience teaching children, once or twice, though 😉

  3. Tami September 20, 2018 at 23:42 #

    Might just have to put my new cookie scoops to work this weekend 🙂

    • Mardi Michels September 21, 2018 at 05:30 #

      It really is the easiest way to make a lot of these fast!

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