Sometimes it is hard to let children take the reigns, especially when it comes to cooking. It’s a little messy, it might not taste very good, and let’s face it, it’s hard to be a hands-off parent. I want to control and direct everything because I’m so used to having everything done the way I want it to be.
When you let that control go, beautiful things happen. My children have blossomed with the responsibility. Their confidence has grown and the idea that they can accomplish most things on their own is starting to grow roots.
An “I can do it” attitude is what happens when you let children take the reigns in the kitchen. Here is Audrey’s first recipe she’s made on her own; Clafouti. Other than putting it in the oven, she did it all – from reading the recipe to turning on the oven.
In case you didn’t know, Clafouti is a thick pancake-like dessert that usually has cherries in it. We substituted green apples and pears for the cherries to make the perfect fall Clafouti.
Apple & Pear Clafouti
I did it! I let her make it all by herself and it was more of a struggle for me than her. I had to hold myself back from jumping in several times.
Why do mothers want to do that? Is it because we’re impatient or worried it won’t turn out right?
Is it because we don’t want to see our children fail or be disappointed? It’s probably a little bit of all of those things.
She struggled a little bit with whisking it. It needed a LOT of whisking, but I stayed out of it and she worked it out.
Yes, there was a little flour on the floor and some extra vanilla in the recipe, but it was so fun to watch. I was very proud.
- 1 green apple
- 1 red pear
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup honey or sugar
- ½ cup half & half or light cream
- ⅓ cup flour or ground almonds
- Confectioners sugar
- Whipped cream for serving
- Preheat the oven to 375 and prepare an ovenproof dish with cooking spray.
- Wash the fruit and cut it into ½ inch slices leaving the skin on.
- Whisk the butter, eggs, vanilla, honey, half & half together. Then add the flour and whisk until well combined.
- Pour the batter into your prepared pan and add the slices of fruit gently to the top.
- Cook for 40-45 minutes or until it is firm in the center. Let it cool slightly and serve with confectioners sugar and whipped cream.
We made this before dinner and popped it in the oven so it cooked while we ate. The cake was perfectly light, so you could serve it for brunch too.
I think it tastes best served warm with a little whipped cream. Bon appetit!