Is it possible to learn a language with one’s hands ?

Yes, it’s possible to learn French creating the most amazing traditional pastries!
A recipe contains a lot of vocabulary and grammar notions, so that you learn a lot.

Let’s see the way of expressing the quantities, in this list of ingredients (who will guess which recipe it is?):

La pâte :

  • 100 g de maïzena
  • 250 g de farine
  • 150 g de beurre
  • 1/2 sachet de levure en poudre
  • 60 g de sucre en poudre
  • 1 sachet de sucre vanillé
  • 3/4 de verre d’eau.

Le caramel :

  • 30 morceaux de sucre ou 150 g de sucre, un peu d’eau.

Garniture :

  • 6 pommes (type golden, Canada)







  • Weight = ‘Le poids‘.
    Will you use ‘une balance‘ (scale) or ‘un verre gradué‘ (graduated glass)? Whatever, the quantities are expressed in ‘grammes‘ (g or gr.), more rarely in ‘kilogramme‘ (kg).
  • Volume (liquids) = ‘Le volume‘ is expressed in ‘Litre‘ (l.), ‘décilitre‘ (dl), ‘centilitre‘ (cl) or ‘millilitre (ml)
  • Containers = ‘Les contenants’. It can be ‘un sachet‘ or ‘un paquet‘, ‘un verre‘, ‘une cuillère à café‘ (c. à c.) or ‘une cuillère à soupe‘ (c à s.). The spoon content is ‘une cuillerée‘. It can be ‘une pincée‘ of salt (‘sel’) or sugar (‘sucre’)
  • Fractions = ‘Les fractions‘. It can be ‘un quart (¼)’, ‘trois quarts‘ (3/4), ‘un demi-…verre‘.
  • Defined quantities = ‘Les quantités définies‘. ‘Le, la, les…pommes‘ or ‘6…pommes
  • Undefined quantities = ‘Les quantités indéfinies’. Sometimes, you can read : ‘Un peu de…eau‘, ‘quelques…pommes‘. It means, ‘a bit of …water’, ‘some…apples’

By the way, did you guess which recipe we are studying ?
The famous Tarte Tatin, congratulations !!

To go on learning French and pastry on the same time, contact My French Pass and attend our French’n Pastry scheduled or on-demand workshops : making or simply enjoying the most authentic French desserts !