Braided Cinnamon Sugar Bread

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Braided Cinnamon Loaf with Vietnamese Cinnamon- Baker Bettie

You know when you’re in a store and the clerk lays a total sales pitch on you, but tries to sound all non-nonchalant about it? Well I’m that person that knows they are trying to get me to buy the thing but then buy it anyway. Because I mean, what if they are right? What if the thing WILL change my life forever? I just can’t risk not getting it.

Well, I’m in the spice store the other day on a girl date and I’m looking at all the various kinds of cinnamon. And the the clerk very casually says, “Vietnamese cinnamon is by far the best cinnamon I’ve ever tasted.” So I obviously snatched it up. Then I proceeded to  walk around the store with it for the next half hour pretending to search for other things I might need but really debating about if the ridiculous high price for a little bottle of cinnamon was worth it. He said it was “the best.” Not good, but BEST. But I mean, it’s cinnamon. All cinnamon tastes delicious. How much better could this cinnamon be? I have numerous jars of cinnamon in my cupboard. Way too many jars of cinnamon. I absolutely don’t need another jar of cinnamon… So I bought it.

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Country White Sandwich Bread

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Country White Sandwich Bread Recipe -Baker Bettie

I have been thinking a lot about the idea of worthiness lately. I recently heard someone say, “There are no prerequisites for worthiness.” This statement hit me hard. And initially I wasn’t even quite sure why. I just couldn’t quit thinking about it. “There are no prerequisites for worthiness.” It just feels powerful.

We are constantly questioning and trying to prove our worth. If only I was smarter, or skinnier, or more attractive. Even if we aren’t aware of it, the question of our worth effects our life. But I feel we can never fully see the worth in others if we don’t fully see the worth in ourselves. I do think it is important to figure out the way I want to contribute to the world. In whatever way that may be, believing in a way to contribute can help me to see my worth. Be it big or small.

I am still figuring out my roles in this existence. I know for sure I have a role as a wife, a friend, a sister, and a daughter. These I know, and are important roles to me. But I know there are other things I am meant to contribute. I’m just not exactly sure what yet. But I do hope bread baking is part of it.

Country White Sandwich Bread Recipe -Baker Bettie

I love baking bread on Sundays when I am spending the whole day in relaxing with Mr. BB and doing housework. I can let it rise while I do a few loads of laundry while binge watching Netflix. It feels like multitasking which makes me feel productive while still be super lazy. It is perfection. This week I made a country white sandwich loaf. It turned out tall, soft, fluffy, and tender. Mr.BB and I ate this as well as the decadent sweet loaf I have coming up for you this week in about 2 1/2 days. That was us trying to restrain ourselves, but, well… bread. I’m going to teach you the process. Let’s get started!

*Sidenote: I am starting to create information pages on basic baking/cooking techniques and ingredients according to what I’m talking about in each post. If you see a link on an ingredient or technique you can click it and find out more information about it. I want this blog to become a space where you can easily find the information you are looking for. If anything is ever unclear or you want more information about something please comment and let me know! I will create a page about it! You will see several of these links below!    Read More

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Key Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust (only 5 ingredients!)

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Easy Key Lime Pie with Only 5 Ingredients- Baker Bettie

Mr. BB and I just got back from a week long trip along the East Coast. Our last stop during the trip was in Florida to visit his parents. I knew I had to have at least one piece of Key Lime Pie while I was there. It is one of my all time favorite desserts, but one of those that I often forget about. It just isn’t something you often see on the menu in other parts of the country. So when it was on the dessert menu at our first meal out, I had to order it. I have eaten quite a few key lime pies, but this was by far the best I have ever tasted. The texture was insanely creamy. There was a perfect amount of crust (i love a little bit of a thicker crust) and the limey tartness was spot on. I totally could have downed a second piece. But I controlled myself :)

The description on the menu stated that the filling only used 3 ingredients: sweetened condensed milk, key lime juice, and pasteurized egg yolks. I was stunned. How could only these three things make something so incredible?! So I set out to recreate it. After reading a lot of recipes I landed on one that I felt might be the closest. A lot of recipes called for much more than these 3 ingredients. And quite a few of them called for these 3 ingredients but they were baked. I am pretty certain that this pie I tried was not baked because they made a point of saying that the egg yolks were pasteurized. That makes me think that they were for sure raw.

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Baker BettieKey Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust (only 5 ingredients!)

Classic White Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

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Learn how to make perfect classic white cupcakes with the most silky smooth flour buttercream. Leave pure white or top with pretty sprinkles! Classic White Cupcakes with Flour Buttercream Frosting- Baker Bettie

I made these cupcakes as some kind of peace offering. Both to myself and to cupcakes. It was an attempt to reconcile our differences and mend our relationship.

Let me back up for a minute.

If you’ve followed Baker Bettie for some time, it is no secret that cupcakes aren’t exactly my thing. That may be putting it a bit too nicely, but I really don’t want to offend the cupcake lovers out there. Because I know there are a lot of you. And we can still be friends, right?

So I’m not going to get into all the intricate details about why cupcakes and I have our differences and why I’m like the only baker on the planet that just can’t get on this wagon. And how it mostly has to do with cupcake to frosting ratios and all that. It is beside the point.

The point here is that I want to be a great baker. That is my goal. And cake is a big part of that. We talked about this a little with my fluffy yellow cake recipe. How I’m trying to push myself to embrace all techniques in baking. And just because I don’t love cake or frosting doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be able to make a great cake and great frosting. So I’m working on it.

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Baker BettieClassic White Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Cherry Apple Pie

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Cherry Apple Pie Recipe-Baker Bettie

Pie feels very nostalgic to me. It feels like home. Like love. It brings back all kinds of memories of my grandmother.

A homemade pie requires a certain amount of actual hands on work that really can’t be avoided. You can see that in a homemade pie. The imperfections in the crimping and parts of filling bubbling out after baked. All of those things that make each and every homemade pie look unique is perfection.

For our Americana Issue of VRAI Magazine I wanted to make a pie that feels very classically American. But I kept going back and forth between apple and cherry. So I decided to just go with both. It was definitely a good choice. Head on over to VRAI Magazine to get the recipe perfect for your 4th of July celebrations or any other summer gatherings!

Click here for the recipe…

Baker BettieCherry Apple Pie