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With all that delicious, creamy yogurt lying around, I knew immediately that I wanted to make a simple French cake called gâteau au yaourt, or yogurt cake.
You see, I’ve been reading Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, and I’d just reached the section where the author talks about how French parents routinely bake with their children, from a very young age, as a lesson in patience. (For the child and, presumably, the parents!)
One of the first, very simple recipes that children learn to bake is the gâteau au yaourt; apparently, if you use two 4-ounce cups of yogurt, you can use the empty yogurt containers to measure the rest of the ingredients. Perfect for little hands!
So I decided to give this whole French parenting thing a go.
Well, not only did the cake turn out beautifully, but so did the whole experience! Baby D was very attentive and excited to be allowed to help dump ingredients into bowls and stir the batter.
She was also very excited to EAT the cake when it was time for her afternoon gôuter, or snack.
This is a very simple recipe that I adapted from the original on Chocolate and Zucchini. You can easily add fresh or frozen berries, nuts, lemon or orange zest, or substitute different extracts for the vanilla.
And I highly recommend letting the kids help. It was a wonderful first cooking experience for both of us.