Saturday, July 21, 2012

Summer Fun Club 10

 I recently read Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman.  And since I'll probably never get around to writing a proper review, I'll give my two-cent version here.  I liked it.  It was a good, and fun, read - don't know when I last, if ever, actually finished a parenting book, but this was like half-memoir, part parenting, part cultural study.  I at times felt self-conscious, but never actually bad, about my own parenting, so that helped me get through It certainly gave me some food for thought, and I found bits of wisdom here and there that I would like to adopt and integrate into our own admittedly-American family.  In particular, back freaking off and give the kids some autonomy.  Sage, indeed!

So that's what we did for Summer Fun Club one day last week.  Ginger was on a special trip with Ed, so it was just us three girls.  In Bébé, Druckerman tells how French families seem to bake together every weekend, and how French children can bake many things on their own, particularly a Gâteau au Yaourt (Yogurt Cake.)  Hmpf.  Not to be outdone by any Frenchie dans la cuisine, and already a little ashamed that I haven't taught my girls more about baking, I decided my 7-year-old can absolutment make a cake that apparently any French 3-year-old can whip up.

I helped by laying out ingredients and equipment, and offering tips as we went, but Hazel made this cake entirely, from start to finish, by herself, with a little "help" from Poppy.


Eggs - she's so careful with the shells!






Baking Powder

Add dry ingredients

Chocolate Chips


Clean up
See this post for the full recipe and pictures of the finished Gâteau!


Lindsay said...

Oh, I'm so glad you guys did this! It's fun, non? Just the other day Garrett was reminding me about that one time when we baked this cake, so maybe it's time to do it again.

K Cummings said...

Can't wait to try this with my kids. I'm now having visions of them whipping up a birthday cake in my honor. Probably a little too optimistic...

Shaunel said...

Um... so cool. And, how do you feel about people borrowing your books? I'd love to read that.

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