Kids Helping With Breakfast- Crepes and Bacon

Crepes in the pan
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Kids love to help out in the kitchen.  My girls are always telling me they want to be a cook just like me when they grow up 🙂 I am not a professional cook, but they all enjoy my cooking so I will take this as a compliment.

Strawberries and bananas for our crepes
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I don’t like them using sharp objects and we are careful with the stove and oven, so we pick different tasks they can each do.  My oldest is learning a little on the stove, but my youngest is too young.  Today we made crepes and bacon.  I was the only one who cooked the bacon since we did it on the stove and well, bacon grease splatters!
They helped me with the crepes.  Your kids can find some way to help out with meals too without risking getting hurt.  With the crepes, they can measure the ingredients, crack the eggs and stir the batter.  We put bananas and strawberries in ours, so of course the kids could cut the strawberries and bananas.  They are both soft enough to use a butter knife.  Tho it is easier to use a butter knife for the bananas, it can be done with strawberries too.
Crepes and bananas
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My oldest cooked the crepes on the stove for the first time.  She got the hang of it quickly and she had fun helping Mommy with breakfast.  Her crepes turned out to be a success! I use a recipe I found for crepes, which is on Allrecipes.com and here is the recipe: Basic Crepes Recipe.  I follow this one, only I double it and add about a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
We had a delicious breakfast that the kids helped me make! Add orange juice to this and we were all set 🙂


  • Dawn Conklin

    Hi Courtney,

    Crepes are very simple to make, just make sure that you have the pan up to the temperature or they stick-even with butter (trust me I found out the hard way.) I have a gas stove and cook them on 3 and a half to 4 temp setting, which is about medium for my stove.

  • OneMommy

    They look delicious! I have never had success making crepes at home… Maybe I'll try the recipe you suggested.
    My kids love to try helping cook!

  • Dawn Conklin

    Hi OneMommy,

    This recipe is the first one I ever used and since they turned out great, I don't think I will worry about finding another recipe!
    One thing that is important with crepes is to make sure the temperature of the pan is right. I notice they really (I should capitalize it-REALLY) stick if the pan is not the right temp. I have found out the hard way on that. Also make sure not to make them too thick.

  • in the coop

    My kids help in the kitchen from the time they are old enough to stand up. It's a wonderful way to spend time with the kids. Plus, the wives of my five boys will be glad that they have some kitchen skills. We've never made crepes. I'm sure my oldest would want to have a go at them.

  • Dawn Conklin

    Hi in the coop,

    That is great that you are teaching your boys about cooking! Yes I am sure their wives will appreciate that 🙂 I am the only one who can cook here (well my girls are learning, but can't do it alone.) At least I love cooking or I would be in trouble lol.

    Crepes can be a bit challenging the first time, but once you get the hang of them they are really quite simple. Just make sure to make them thin. We love them here because there is so much you can do with them. You can put fruit in them, cream cheese and fruit or even just put maple syrup on them. My younger daughter likes jelly in hers when we don't have fruit to put in them.

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