Bake and learn French | Ma Classe Learning

A unique opportunity for children aged 5-12 to learn how to make traditional French pastry from scratch using simple, natural ingredients – while developing their French conversational skills in a real-life situation.

  • each recipe is demonstrated by a trained pastry chef
  • sessions are bilingual or in French
  • children learn how to follow a recipe learning the vocabulary of ingredients, bakeware, measure units, etc.
  • each participant takes their pastry home
French baking session in French with a small group of kids

How the program takes place

Instructor chef and students busy making pastry in a Bake and Learn French session

A French chef instructor

Sessions are conducted by a trained, bilingual instructor who has selected and tested every single recipe beforehand. Each term features a new selection of popular baked goods from France, including escargots, madeleines, sablés bretons, chocolats fondants (some of our creations are featured below). Sessions take place in small groups (up to 6 students) under the supervision of two adults (le chef et l'assistant!)

A typical baking session

Single portion recipes ensure that all kids get to experiment every step of the recipe by themselves – from weighing ingredients using their own scale and selecting the right utensils and bake ware to pouring dough in the mold. Taking responsibility "in the kitchen" is a powerful source of joy and motivation for students: not only does it instill a sense of achievement and pride in every child but it also fosters their natural readiness for language acquisition. To facilitate this process, our instructor shares his savoir-faire either in French or in both languages, providing a step-by-step demonstration for everyone to visualize the ingredients and techniques involved at every stage of the recipe. Our two assistants make sure kids reach the results expected before everyone moves on to the next step.

Kids making a pizza from scratch under the supervision of MaClasse staff suring a summer camp
French crepes, steps of the recipe: follow-up activity during a Bake and Learn French class

Follow-up activity

Upon completion of the recipe, students are presented with hands-on activities or fun games relating to a specific recipe made in class or food in general. This period of time allows them to consolidate the vocabulary presented during the session while the pastries are being baked. The final call “C’est prêt!” always brings a huge smile to every little face - kids can't wait to see and taste the results of their hard work and are thrilled to take their creations home to share with family or friends!

Educational benefits

Beyond this exciting experience and the benefits of the language exposure, our program will help kids develop essential, life-long skills and teach them essential notions, in particular:

  • motor skills: pouring, using a whisk, stirring, dough blending, fruit cutting, etc.
  • math skills: fractions, counting, units of measure (using the metric system) and conversions
  • science: chemical reactions, changing states of matter with temperature
  • language & cultural exposure – recipes offered are all traditional recipes and popular household names in France and the French-speaking world
  • sense of aesthetics and creativity: by sizing, shaping, colouring (along with other cake decoration techniques) their own servings in original manners
  • a growing understanding of kitchen safety rules and notion of hygiene
Two instructors tending to children while making French pastry

More importantly, this unique hands-on experience will also promote appreciation for authentic, home-made food while developing concentration and confidence in every child.

A peek into the deliciousness

Les sablés bretons

Bake and Learn French: sables bretons aka French butter cookies

These soft butter cookies have gained serious popularity among kids & parents at Ma Classe. They can be given the taste and feel of real biscuits when baked thinner and a couple minutes longer.

Le moelleux aux pommes

Bake and Learn French: moelleux aux pommes, a moist apple cake

This delicious apple cake naturally featured in our selection last fall - its moistness and flavour were to die for! The Moelleux aux pommes can be enjoyed cold or warm with a spoonful of vanilla ice-cream.

Les madeleines

Bake and Learn French: madeleines au citron, a lemon-flavoured French pastry

These typical French lemon-flavoured pastries have been tested over and over - their taste & texture now nears perfection! Madeleines are typically made with vanilla and lemon zest but exist in a variety of flavours - chocolate chips, a bit of honey or bay fruits to name a few.

Le clafoutis

Bake and Learn French: clafoutis, a typical French cherry flan

This delectable flan-like French treat is traditionally baked with cherries; this one was made with raspberries and apples and just a few drops of natural vanilla extract. We can't wait to have it again and try out different combinations of fruits next term!

Les escargots

Bake and Learn French: escargots, a fun, palatable, snail-shaped pie dough treat.

This pie dough-based recipe is both simple and fun to do - no wonder it has become one of the kids' all-time favourite! See how appealing these snail-shaped rolls look in this picture with their soft texture and caramelized brown sugar!

La pizza végétarienne

Bake and Learn French: an authentic vegetarian pizza with premium organic ingredients

Our Bake & Learn program always features one or two savoury dishes and our home-made vegetarian pizza is one of them - this pizza most succulente might not be totally unknown from the kids who attend some our day camps!