10 Tips for Baking Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Baker Bettie Baking Techniques, Cookies, Sweets 7 Comments

Follow these 10 cookie baking tips to make your own perfect chocolate chip cookies! These tips will help you create cookies that taste amazing as well as look picture perfect!  If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you may have caught on to the fact that I have a love affair with cookies. My obsession for developing the recipe for my most perfect chocolate chip cookie was what really sparked my passion for baking. Here’s the thing, cookies can seem like a really easy and approachable thing to bake, especially something simple like a chocolate chip cookie. But …

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 …

How to Make Homemade Bagels

Baker Bettie Baking Techniques, Breads, Breakfast, Breakfast Breads, Yeast Bread Techniques, Yeast Breads 10 Comments

Learn the step-by-step process of how to make homemade bagels! This article walks you through every step of the way and explains the science behind yeast bread and how to make bagels!   This article was originally written for the April 2014 Edition of VRAI Magazine.    Yeast dough was always something I was intimidated by when I first started baking. I would avoid it at all cost. I’m not sure why. I think it’s because you always hear people talk about how difficult yeast is to work with. And yes, there are a lot of things about bread making …

4 Ingredient Crusty Bread Bowls

Baker Bettie Baking Techniques, Breads, Savory, Yeast Bread Techniques, Yeast Breads 4 Comments

With only 4 ingredients, this easy bread bowl recipe could not be simpler to put together! Water, flour, yeast, salt are the only 4 ingredients you need to create perfectly crusty bread bowls for your favorite soup or dip!  A few years ago I posted a recipe for how to make homemade bread bowls. I have never been completely satisfied with that recipe. Don’t get me wrong, it is bread after all! I will eat bread pretty much any which way. But I’ve always wished those bowls were  a little easier to make and a whole lot crustier on the …

Basic Shortbread Cookies

Baker Bettie Basic Recipes, Cookies, Holidays, Sweets, Valentine's Day 3 Comments

Basic shorbread cookies are one of the easiest cookies you can make! This old-fashioned recipe only calls for 5 ingredients and results in deliciously buttery and slightly sweet cookies! This dough can also be used as a tart crust or the base of a cheesecake!  Is it weird that shortbread cookies are my favorite kind of cookie? Of all the cookies in all the world, I  have yet to find a cookie that I enjoy more than good basic shortbread cookies. They are just so buttery and crumbly with just the right amount of sweetness. Just perfect. I made these …

Basic Chocolate Truffle Recipe

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Learn how to make chocolate truffles with this very simple yet decadent basic chocolate truffle recipe! Truffles only call for 3 ingredients but always impress anyone you share them with! This article was originally published in the August 2014 Edition of VRAI Magazine. I hadn’t ever really considered what the transition would be like when I started my own family. And then one day it just hit me that it had already happened. There really wasn’t a transition at all. Just this fluid movement of blending my family and my husband’s family and then all of a sudden we were our own …

Basic Three Braid Challah Bread

Baker Bettie Baking Techniques, Breads, Yeast Bread Techniques, Yeast Breads 3 Comments

Basic challah bread can be so easy to achieve at home! This easy three braid challah bread is super soft, slightly chewy and a little sweet. The presentation of challah bread is so beautiful and my video tutorial will show you exactly how to make it!  Bread making class was absolutely my favorite class in culinary school. Not just because it meant we got to eat ridiculous amounts of fresh bread everyday, but because I really am fascinated by the whole bread making process. It is incredible to me that such humble ingredients can transform into something so magnificent. Thus …

Make-Ahead Soft Yeast Rolls

Baker Bettie Breads, Rolls, Yeast Bread Techniques, Yeast Breads 49 Comments

These easy soft yeast rolls can be made ahead and refrigerated until you are ready to bake and serve. They result in tender, fluffy, chewy and buttery rolls! Every time a big holiday meal is about to roll around I have a struggle with the huge life decision of yeast rolls or biscuits? These are the big questions in life. How do we make these kinds of decisions?! But I realized the other day that I had disproportionate number of biscuit recipes to roll recipes on the site. And since we are still in the middle of the working with yeast …