What does it mean to “Cut in fat”

Baker Bettie Ask BB, Baking Science, Baking Techniques, Cooking Fats, Fundamentals 9 Comments

The instruction to “cut in fat” is a common instruction in baking recipes. The process of cutting in fat is very simple and a necessary skill for beautiful flaky and tender baked goods such as biscuits, scones, pie and pastry crusts.  In the Ask BB Series, I answer reader questions regarding baking science, techniques, and troubleshooting. If you have a question you would like addressed in depth in the series, email the question to bakerbettie@gmail.com with the subject of “Ask BB.”  “What does it mean when a recipe says to ‘cut in the fat’ and what is the purpose of …

Cherry Apple Pie

Baker Bettie 4th of July, Fruit Pies, Holidays, Pie, Sweets 4 Comments

  This article was originally published by me in the June 2014 Edition of VRAI Magazine. We claim pie in America as ours. And while the truth of the matter is that the origins aren’t really ours, pie feels classically American to us. I think it has to do with the way in which we’ve embraced it. We associate pie with good old fashioned cooking. Humble. Non pretentious. A dessert that anyone can relate to each other over. I don’t know what it is about pie that just feels very homey and comforting. A slice of pie feels like love. I …

Caprese Profiteroles

Baker Bettie 4th of July, Appetizers, Holidays, Savory 9 Comments

Savory Caprese Profiteroles are the perfect two bite treat for your summer gathering! The shells are made out of black pepper studded pate a choux shells and they are filled with slices of tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil!  I met my husband in 2009 and we’ve been together ever since. It was right at the start of the huge craze of internet dating sites and hookup apps. I feel lucky that I never had to do any of that. But to be 100% honest, sometimes I wish I could chime in with my crazy swiping stories when others share theirs. It is …

Tangerine Ricotta Pound Cake with Rhubarb Compote

Baker Bettie Cakes, Sweets 6 Comments

Dense and cheesy ricotta pound cake is scented with tangerine and almond and served with a tart rhubarb compote. A lovely springtime dessert.  This article and recipe was originally published by me in the May 2014 Edition of VRAI Magazine.   I am the youngest of two kids. My sister, Kelsey, is just 3 years older than me. I think it is safe to say that I only had two main goals growing up. The first was to annoy and embarrass my older sister as much as humanly possible. The second was to be as much like her as I …

Chocolate Chip Scones

Baker Bettie Breads, Breakfast, Breakfast Breads, Scones 4 Comments

These chocolate chip scones are fluffy, flaky and tender! The scones are slightly sweet, filled with mini chocolate chips, and topped with crunchy coarse sugar!  I had my first day off in over a month over the weekend. It was glorious! On Saturday attempted to sleep in but was awake at 5:30am because I’m a crazy person! But then I went to brunch with friends, drank mimosas, had a ridiculously long nap, then went to dinner and a show with Mr.BB! We saw Matilda the musical. It was adorable! On Sunday I was bound and determined to bake something. I …

Perfect Pan Baked Easy French Toast

Baker Bettie Breakfast 7 Comments

This method for perfect and easy french toast gives you a super crispy crust with a light and fluffy inside! The pan baked method allows for all of the french toast to be complete at the same time while preventing any of the toast from getting soggy!  Honesty time. I have never been a big fan of french toast. Especially homemade french toast. It just seems that every time I make french toast it always gets soggy and cold before I can sit down and eat it. Even if I try to keep it warm in an oven it all starts to get …

Bourbon and Thyme Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Baker Bettie Cookies, Frozen, Sweets 2 Comments

Bourbon and thyme oatmeal raisin cookies are packed with brown butter, old fashioned rolled oats, and raisins soaked in bourbon. These cookies take the classic to a whole new level. Smash some good quality vanilla bean ice cream between two of them for a truly gourmet treat.  This recipe was originally published in the July 2014 Edition of VRAI Magazine.  In January of 2010 I was all moved out of my college apartment and on the road, making the long drive from Lawrence, KS to Austin, TX. I had taken an internship at the state hospital in Austin in order …

Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Baker Bettie Breakfast, Pancakes & Waffles 5 Comments

These fluffy blueberry buttermilk pancakes really live up to the “cake” party of their name. They are incredibly tender and light and filled with fresh blueberries. Whatever you call them: pancakes, hotcakes, flapjacks or griddle cakes, these will quickly become a favorite breakfast!  This article was originally published in the May 2015 Issue of VRAI Magazine.  Becoming an adult forces you into realizing a lot of things about the world. While a lot of these realizations are little things, some of them are big and almost too much to process sometimes. A few big things my adult years have taught me …