In an ideal world, the kiddos would give Mom — or Dad — a break from cooking by making weekend brunch. Sounds pretty sweet, huh? To help with this delicious mission, here’s a list of dishes that are easy for young chefs to pull off. This cool collection scores big points for mostly taking hot pans out of the equation, setting everyone up for success. It’s also a genius opportunity to share the essential lesson that cleaning up as you cook means the kitchen’s not going to be a hot mess when brunch is ready to serve.
Preheat the waffle iron while mixing up the egg and milk combo for dipping the bread. Cooking this way means there’s no need to flip. Pro tip: Keep the finished French toast warm in a 200 degree oven, placing it on a cookie cooling rack. That way, the toast won’t get soggy.
This juicy combo of citrus, grapes and berries will get the little cooks fired up about eating their fruit. Because, as seasoned chefs know, something always tastes better when you know the effort involved in putting it together. Pro tip: Add some crunch by sprinkling a tablespoon of granola on top.
Rolling up slices of cinnamon-sugared pieces of bread might seem like a bit of a cheat, but it’s a great way to build the confidence of a budding chef. Pro tip: Save the crusts and make croutons.
This social media sensation (watch the video below) proves there’s an insatiable appetite for incredibly easy morning meals. Whisk the eggs, toss in some flavorful ingredients like bacon and pour into a Ziplock. Slip that bag into boiling water and, boom! Just 10 minutes later, brunch is served. Good to know: This cooking method is a cousin of sous vide, the fancy way to achieve yummy meals.
No more hot grease splattering all over the stove top, this neat-o approach to making a big batch of crispy bacon is all about baking it in the oven. Pro tip: Save the rendered pork fat and add a teaspoon of it to the oil you use to fry hash browns. Best tasting taters ever!
Sometimes called Dutch Babies, this puffy pancake is a breeze to mix up and pour in a prepared pan. It emerges from the oven looking golden crisp on the outside and creamy inside. Pro tip: Be creative on the big finish, topping with fresh fruit, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, Nutella, crispy bits of bacon or… fill in the blank.
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Watch this quick video on how to make an Omelet in a Bag: