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Recette pour cookies à la vanille

Here is a homework idea which worked well for my Y10 class once. Just set the task for a homework, give them a week to complete and then have a tasting in class. Getting them to complete the vocab sheet should help mitigate any short-cuts on the part of pupils!  


1 tasse de beurre
1 tasse de sucre 1 œuf (gros de préférence)
1 cuillère à café de concentré de vanille
2 cuillères à café de levure
3 tasses de farine  


Préchauffer le four à thermostat 6 (180°C). Dans un récipient mélangez le beurre ainsi que le sucre, jusqu'à ce que le mélange devienne blanc.

Ajoutez l'oeuf ainsi que la vanille. Versez la farine et la levure tasse après tasse sans cesser de mélanger. La pâte devient de plus en plus compacte, alors pétrissez la manuellement avec la dernière tasse de farine.

Divisez la pâte en deux boules de taille égale. Etalez la pâte sur une planche farinée, puis découpez la pâte avec une forme. Placez les cookies sur une plaque (non grasse) au milieu du four.

Faites-les cuire pendant 4 à 12 minutes jusqu'à ce que les biscuits soient bien dorés (le temps de cuisson des cookies dépend de leur taille).
Complétez le vocabulaire

add – a__________           mix – m___________         pour – v__________
knead – p____________         divide – d____________    spread out – é__________    cut out – d___________      place – p________           cook – f________ ____           spoon - ___________ (f)         yeast - ________ (f)                oven - ______ (m)            container - ___________ (m)        mixture - ____________ (m)   flour - _________ (f)    cup - ________ (f)       ball – b________ (f)     size - _________      equal - ______      baking tray – p_______ (f) golden - ________


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