There’s nothing better than a cozy family breakfast on a quiet Sunday morning. Brew a strong pot of coffee for Mom and Dad and lure the kids away from their cartoons by letting them help beat eggs for breakfast tacos, stir blueberries into pancake batter, or spoon yogurt and fruit into parfait glasses. Keep them involved with out-of-the-ordinary recipes and fun presentations, like the sausage and egg breakfast pizza featured here or pancakes in the shape of their initials.
Tips for Cooking with Kids
- Set the mood by putting on their favorite album to listen to while you cook.Get kids to the kitchen when you’re beginning a recipe and stand little ones on chairs if necessary so they can see what you’re doing.
- Get their input. Little ones are more likely to eat food they selected and helped make.
- Assign each child an age-appropriate task they’ll be able to do on their own. Even the littlest cooks can dump pre-measured ingredients into a bowl or stir eggs with a fork (see below for kid-friendly cooking tasks for each recipe).
- Give kids a colorful apron and lay out all ingredients and tools ahead of time.
Morning Jump-Start: Coffee Brewing 101
When the kids are up at the crack of dawn, you’ll need a good cup of coffee before you can even think about cooking. Here are a few coffee-brewing tips to keep in mind:
- Start with fresh cold water for the best flavor. For regular-strength coffee, use 1 tablespoon of ground coffee with ¾ cup water per serving. For a stronger brew, use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee with ¾ cup water per serving.
- Serve hot coffee as soon as it’s done brewing, or within 15 minutes. The longer coffee stays in contact with heat, the more harsh and bitter it becomes. If you aren’t going to drink it right away, pour it into an insulated container.
- Know your roasts:
- American is the lightest roast, with a caramel-like flavor.
- French and Italian are very dark roasts, with deep, aromatic flavors.
- Full city is a dark roast with notes of caramel and chocolate.