Cooking Class: L'heure du Goûter – Favorite French After-School Snacks (Part Three) with Mardi Michels

Cooking Class: L'heure du Goûter – Favorite French After-School Snacks (Part Three) with Mardi Michels


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The school day in France is long, so when school lets out, children need a little something to tide them over to dinner – which isn’t served until around 8:00 PM). Enter: le goûter. The only time when it’s socially acceptable to snack during the day, le goûter does not quite have an equivalent in other countries. It’s a small sweet (never savory) snack that can be eaten on the go, perhaps en route to extra-curricular activities.

If you don’t have the option to pick up a packet of store-bought French cookies or pop by the boulangerie, register for this class where you will learn to make 3 classic recipes: Nutella pots de crème, Chocolate "barquette" cookies, and Orange Financiers.

Led by food writer, French teacher, and cookbook author, Mardi Michels, this interactive lesson will have us whipping up these tasty, easy snacks like an expert. Participants will come away with an understanding of how to bring a little bit of French flair to their own after-school snacks.

A shopping list of ingredients has been provided below and full recipes will be delivered via email the day before the class. We invite you to discover your next favorite snack food during our first and second installments in this popular cooking class series. 

A shopping list is provided below. A full recipe will be emailed to you the day before the event.

Nutella pots de crème: 
  • 1 1/2 cups (375mL) milk 
  • 3 large egg yolks 
  • 3/4 cup (225g) Nutella 
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 

Barquette cookies: 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 2 tablespoons (20g) all-purpose flour 
  • 1/3 cup (66g) semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • 2 tablespoons butter 

Orange Financiers: 
  • 1/4 cup (56g/ 4 tablespoons) unsalted butter 
  • zest of 1 orange (about 1 tablespoon) 
  • 1 large egg white 
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 

Special equipment needed: 
  • one 12-cavity mini muffin tins

Mardi Michels is a full-time elementary school French (and cooking!) teacher and the author of eatlivetravelwrite.com where she writes about culinary adventures near and far. Mardi grew up in Australia, lived and taught in Paris for over five years, and now calls Toronto home. In 2014, Mardi and her husband purchased a home in Nérac (southwest France), which they operate as a vacation rental property. They spend as much time in France as they can! Mardi also teaches (mostly French) cooking and baking classes for adults and children (currently online!). Her first book, In the French kitchen with Kids, was published in 2018 (Appetite by Random House).

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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