Gâteau au yaourt — the French secret to teaching children how to control themselves.
Popularised by Pamela Druckerman in her book Bringing Up Bébé, the making of this simple cake is known to be used as a creative device to teach children as young as 3 the values of patience and self-control in France. When your child actively participates in measuring out the ingredients for the cake and then proceeds to wait for the cake to bake, they are learning restraint and practising patience.
Gâteau au yaourt (Yogurt Cake)
1 six-ounce container of plain whole-milk (not reduced fat) yogurt. Use the empty containers to measure the other ingredients
2 containers sugar (or just one, depending on how sweet you like it)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Just under 1 container vegetable oil
4 containers flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
Crème fraîche (optional)
Preheat oven to 375F
Use vegetable oil to grease a 9-inch round cake pan or a loaf pan
Gently combine the yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients; mix gently until ingredients are just combined (don’t overmix). Add chocolate chips / flavouring if desired. Bake for 35 mins. Let cool.
Original recipe from Bringing up Bébé