I am all for encouraging children to work productively with their hands. They learn to handle and care for equipment with respect. It is good to give them knives, for instance, as early as you dare. A knife is a tool, not a toy. A sharp, clean knife is safter to use than a dull, rusty one -easier too. A five year old will discover that for himself as you teach him to slice hard-boiled eggs neatly. Talk to your children when you plan menus. Work together at the kitchen counter and let them arrange platters. Nothing gives them more pleasure than helping with the dinner.
Rituals. like clean hands and clean apron before setting to work, the precision leveling off a cupful of flour, breaking an egg into a cup and not spilling it, has such value to a child-pride and making something. Where else kan they be so easily obtained with cooking.
One of the first thing I made with my grandchildren was pancakes, of course, American pancakes.
American Buttermilk Pancakes
2 cups/285 grams flour
4 tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. oil
1 1/4 cup/2½ dl buttermilk
1 cup/2 dl milk
butter for frying
To make pancakes, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Pisk oil, buttermilk, milk, and egg in another bowl. Combine the two bowls and stir.
To fry pancakes, heat a frying pan over medium heat and come a small knob of butter. Pour a ½ cup/1 dl batter onto the pan and vip the pan so that the pancake is evenly distributed. They should be thicker than Danish crepes. When the surface is filled with a small bubbles, flip the pancake and finish the pancake. If it is too dark, the heat is to high, and if it is too light, turn the heat up.
Server warm with ahorn sirup or jam.