About

Hi! Welcome to Baker Bettie my baking science blog!  I am so happy to have you here! Please have a look around. You can find all kinds of recipes by searching through my recipe index!

A little about this blog…

pinup-baker-bettie I am totally obsessed with baking, baking science, and basic baking techniques. I want  this to become a place where you can find all of the answers to any of your baking questions! Many of my posts have baking science tips and tricks written into them. If you have a certain topic you are looking for use the search bar at the top right of the page to find it! If you can’t find it, please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message through my contact form and I will definitely try to answer it for you.

A few things that might help you navigate the site more easily…

  • I have a section of basic baking recipes that are very simplified recipes of easy baked goods. Basic cookies, pancakes, brownies, biscuits, cakes and other pastries. This is a great place to start if you are a new baker!
  • My Baking 101 section will answer a lot of basic baking science questions.  Want to know the difference between baking soda and baking powder? Need weight conversions for basic baking ingredients? Want to learn all about the different varieties of flour? All of these answers can be found in the Baking 101 section.
  • I have created an archive list of basic techniques, baking words/phrases, and ingredients. Each topic has a link to a page where you can learn more about it. This is a great place to start when trying to understand a topic better. While reading my posts, you will see many links on baking words and ingredients. These links will take you to the page to learn more about it. Don’t see something on the page that you want to know? Contact me and I will try and get it added!

I hope you enjoy the site! Please leave me comments if you have any questions and I will try to get to them as soon as possible!

A little about me…

I am a 20 something Kansas native who was raised in the performing arts. Music and theater were what I knew so naturally, I chose music when deciding my college major. I knew I loved helping people, so I decided to go for a music therapy degree. And after a long 6 years, I finally finished.

While finishing my music therapy internship at the state hospital in Austin, TX, I began baking. I was mostly making cookies and the people I worked with loved them and encouraged me to try and sell them. So I did. And my success with my online cookie business was far more successful far faster than ever expected. I was overwhelmed with orders and after filling a Christmas order for over 6,000 cookies I knew I needed to put the business aside and figure out my career goals.

I continued to work as a music therapist and case worker for a few years. And while I loved working with and helping people I just kept feeling as though something was missing from my life.

In 2011, I decided to start writing this baking blog. I knew I didn’t want to continue the cookie business but I craved a creative outlet and a clear reason to keep baking. My passion for cooking and baking has continued to grow exponentially since the day I started this blog. Through the blog I have found my creativity, my voice, and really I have found myself. I am especially interested in the science of baking, recipe creation, food styling, writing about life as it relates to food, and food photography.

In 2013 I left my job in social services when my husband was offered a job in Philadelphia. I decided to take the leap and figure out how I can make a living doing what I love the most. I went to culinary school and finished in 2014. I am working on generating an income from the blog and have also recently co-founded an online lifestyle magazine, VRAI Magazine. I love food media and sharing my passion in this way. Writing, photographing, styling food.

Baker Bettie is my way of connecting with the other people who share this big passion I have. It is my art project, it is my passion, it is my home.  Feel free to ask any questions and I hope I inspire you to “get busy in the kitchen with me!”

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  1. jessmayshort

    love your photos! I really need to get a new camera and improve mine – I usually end up using my phone to get a few snaps before people dive in and eat everything! Your posts look great :)

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      Baker Bettie

      I have a Canon Rebel T2i and I mostly shoot with a 50mm f/1.8 lense. I am just learning about photography.

      But stay tuned for my Sunday guest posts. I am almost certain we will have some gluten free stuff!

  2. tryityoumightlikeit

    I’ve been considering what I really want to do for a career lately and I’m a married mother of two who’s been working for 17 years. I like how you talk about passion and about helping people and I feel the same way about being completely creative, challenged, content and happy in my kitchen. I’ll be following your blog from now on. You are a cool person!

  3. bradygrl1

    Hi Kristin! I too got a degree in Music Education, and I still love music to a degree, but I found what I really have a passion for is cooking. I think it started several generations ago with my Great and Great Great Grand Mothers so, 5 generations later, my family is still cooking and loving to make people happy with our food! We just started a blog, and are creating ebooks of ours and our grandmothers’ recipes. Feel free to check it out and maybe try out some of our recipes.

    I have to say, I really like what I’ve seen of your blog so far, especially the pictures! Very nice :) Maybe some day I can master my picture taking skills a bit more too.

    Maybe you can share some of our super yummy cookie recipes too (my mom would be thrilled, she has a ‘cookie bible’ of dozens of cookie recipes she’s created over the years). And we like sharing recipes on our blog as well…
    Keep up the awesome work!
    Vanessa

  4. sudebaker

    I so get the “music degree and then what?” deal. Me too, sister. I also love baking! But you are amazing. These pictures have me wiping drool off my face. Thanks!

  5. The Cosy Creative

    I can really relate to the struggling to find your vocation in life. I’ve started to think it’s a lifelong journey now, and that we don’t need to decide what we’re going to do forever, just take each day at a time and do what feels right. Love the blog, the photos are so enticing!

  6. Mike Costa

    I love photography, I LOVE food, and I too feel I belong in an earlier era but this one doesn’t seem too bad since reaching my twenties. I look forward to trying out some of your delicious looking creations.
    – Mike

  7. Lilly Sue

    So I came across your blog when I first started my own (like a week or two ago)…ever since I have been trying to find your blog again. I kept thinking Betty Baker or Baker Betty and I couldn’t find you! Then it dawned on me….Baker BettIE. I am glad I found you again :) You have great pictures and fun ideas! Your blog always makes me hungry! I just started a food and beer blog…I am doing some recipes too but more simple ideas.

    P.S. I love your new picture. You are gorgeous!

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  8. Y que más?

    In a world were food and specially sweets have become the enemy, your recipes and photos bring us back to the basics of enjoying what we eat and bake! Congrats! I have a more political blog and reading yours make me want to keep on trying.

  9. chefconnie

    I love it when I see people use cooking as a stress relief. It can be theraputic and relaxing. People are often confused to see me start cooking when tired or stressed but it is a great way to un wind.

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      1. Big Hungry Gnomes

        Hello Kristin
        I just thought I would let you know that my blog has moved and is now bighungrygnomes.co.uk. Unfortunately, if you want to remain subscribed to my blog, you will have re-subscribe to this new address. I realise this is a little bit of a nuisance but I would really appreciate your continuing support and interest in my blog
        Thanks
        Fiona

  10. Lilly Sue

    You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog award!

    Here are the steps for the award:

    Name the blogger who awarded you this fantastic award
    List 7 random facts about yourself
    Award 15 other bloggers this award
    Enjoy!

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  12. 1227 Foster

    Kristin, congratulations! I've nominated you for the Reality Blog and Sensual Blogging Awards, just a few from the many you've received since I've known you just this past year! So glad our paths crossed!

  13. Danny

    Kristin, congratulations!!! I’ve nominated you for the Reality Blog and Sensual Blogging Awards. I’m so glad our paths crossed when it did earlier this year — you are my role model! :)

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      Baker Bettie

      Aww thanks so much Danny! I’m so glad to have “met” you too! You are very inspirational as well. You have just taken the leap into the blogging world fearlessly!

  14. Shannon DiCarlo

    Hi Baker Bettie! I am a professional photographer, and I think your photos are EXCELLENT! You have a very raw and natural talent for lighting and design. If you ever have any technical questions, feel free to ask! I am making your 5 ingredient pancakes and have enjoyed the perfect chewy cookie recipe! Congratulations on the new move, Philly is a beautiful place!

  15. Jennifer Barricklow

    I was recently nominated for a Super Sweet Blogger Award, and one of the conditions of accepting is in turn to nominate other bloggers for the award. Your blog very naturally came to mind. :-) You’re not obliged to accept, of course (it’s a bit of work, but also a bit of fun) but if you do, you get to answer five Super Sweet questions (following), copy and paste the logo into your blog post, and nominate and notify a baker’s dozen other bloggers for the award. In any case, thank you for your wonderful posts, and keep up the good work!

    Super Sweet questions: 1. Cookies or cake? (or both?) 2. Chocolate or vanilla? 3. Favorite sweet treat? 4. When do you crave sweet things the most? 5. Sweet nickname

  16. Bek's Bakery

    Hi! I have been looking around your site and am truly amazed at all your tips! I am trying to start my own bakery, but I am still struggling with the science of things. You suggested to another poster to submit the recipe and you would look it over. I love the flavor of this, and so do many others, I put it in the oven and they look good, but when I take them out they fall very then and flat. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

    Bek's Candy Cookies:
    3 cups flour.
    1 tsp baking soda.
    1/2 tsp salt.
    1 cup butter.
    1 cup white sugar.
    1 cup brown sugar packed.
    2 tsp vanilla.
    2 eggs
    2 tsp hot water.
    3 cups mix ins/candy.

    preheat 350 degree oven. Cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in the hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour until fully incorporated then fold in mix ins. Bake 10-12 mins or until the edges are golden brown.

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      Baker Bettie

      A couple of things to try to keep them tall…

      Bake them at a higher temperature such as 375ºF. The outer layer of the cookie will set before the butter melts and spreads out completely and will usually keep them taller.

      Chill the dough before baking. This will also chill the butter and therefore taking it longer to melt and spread out while baking.

      Bake on a silpat or on aluminum foil.

      Keep your dough in a mound. Do not flatten out before baking.

      Hope this helps!

  17. Sora

    Have you ever thought of changing your “about” picture (on this page and on the sidebar) to something less offensive? I came across one of your recipes and really liked it, and your blog’s writing style and photography seemed really promising. I would’ve explored your blog and seen what else you had to offer if not for the image of a scantily clad woman that I did not want to have to see out of the corner of my eye on every page of the site that I visited.

    I’m saying this because I don’t think I’m the only one who is offended by revealing clothing, and you might want to know that you may be driving away potential followers with an image like that.

    I really do want to be able to explore your blog, so if you do update your picture, please let me know!!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Sora

  18. Kate

    I found you through Pinterest :) Those baked sugar donuts wee my downfall… but I’m so glad they led me to your blog! I’m also a Kansas girl… where are you from? :)

  19. Steve Ingalls

    The classic fudgy brownies are RIDICULOUSLY GOOD!!!! I am highly allergic to dairy products and could never have anything with chocolate. I came across this website on Thanksgiving and man oh man, I am going to get fat! Also, my wife made these and they were really easy to make. Not too fudgy and not too cakey.

  20. 2cupsofjoe

    Cool, music are perhaps the essential components that the physical universe exists, presently. I wonder what makes a molecule, a molecule? The origins of an atom… pretty groovy stuff. Checking out the self-rising bread recipe, thank you for providing the recipe! Yeah, off to finish college related tasks…

    Good day!

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