Our program offers children aged 5-9 a unique opportunity to learn how to make traditional French pastry from scratch using simple, natural ingredients – while developing their conversational skills in a real-life situation.
Sessions are conducted by a trained, bilingual instructor who has chosen and tested every single recipe. Each term features a new selection of popular baked goods from France, including escargots, madeleines, sablés bretons, chocolats fondants (check out some of our creations below). Sessions take place in small groups (up to 6 students) under the supervision of two adults (le chef et l'assistant!).
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 dramatically increases their natural readiness for language acquisition. To facilitate this process, our instructor shares his savoir-faire primarily in French yet in both languages as needed, switching from French to English and vice-versa, and performs a step-by-step demonstration for everyone to visualize the ingredients and techniques involved at each stage of the recipe. Assistants make sure kids reach the results expected before everyone moves on to the next step.
Upon completion of the recipe, students are presented with hands-on activities or games relating to a specific recipe made in class or food in general. This period of time allows them to consolidate the vocabulary seen 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!
Beyond all the baking fun and language exposure, our Bake & Learn program helps kids develop essential, life-long skills and teaches them essential notions:
More importantly, this unique hands-on experience will also promote appreciation for authentic, home-made food while developing concentration and confidence in every child.
These soft butter cookies have gained a solid reputation among kids & parents and are regularly handed out to kids as snacks during camps or weekend classes. They can also have the taste and feel of real biscuits when baked thinner and a couple of minutes longer.
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.
These typical French lemon-flavoured pastries have been tested over and over - their taste & texture now almost nears perfection! Madeleines are typically made with vanilla and lemon zest but some chocolate chips, a bit of honey or bay fruits won't spoil them either.
This delectable flan-like French treat is traditionally baked with cherries; this one was made with raspberries and apples and a few drops of natural vanilla extract. We can't wait to have it again and try out different combinations of fruits next term!
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!
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!
Play & Learn French sessions last one hour and are offered once or twice a week.
Parents can register their children for a minimum of 8 weeks or the full term (9 weeks this winter).
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