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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

Baker Bettie Baking Techniques, Basic Recipes, Candy, Holidays, Sweets, Valentine's Day 2 Comments

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 …

Easy Rustic Yeast Bread

Baker Bettie Basic Recipes, Breads, Yeast Bread Techniques, Yeast Breads 10 Comments

This easy bread recipe produces a beautiful rustic loaf that is nice and crusty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Follow my simple video tutorial to find out how to make this 4 ingredient easy bread recipe!  Hello and welcome back to my baking with yeast series. Yesterday I kicked things off with a little informational post, Baking with Yeast 101. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it might be good to do so if you are uncomfortable with baking with yeast or even if you never have done it! What I’m hoping for in this …


Simply Perfect Banana Bread

Baker Bettie Basic Recipes, Breads, Muffins and Quick Bread Loafs 18 Comments

This easy banana bread recipe is very simple to put together with very few ingredients. Banana bread is a great recipe to start with for new bakers. It is incredibly forgiving and difficult to mess up. This recipe strips banana bread down to its classic flavor.  Banana bread is absolutely one of my favorite things to make and to teach other people how to make. It is one of the best things to bake for a new from scratch baker. Banana bread is incredibly simple to put together and is also very forgiving. The ratios in a banana bread aren’t as finicky …


Classic White Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Baker Bettie Baking Techniques, Basic Recipes, Cakes, Cupcakes, Sweets 23 Comments

Learn how to make perfect classic white cupcakes with the most silky smooth flour buttercream. Leave pure white or top with pretty sprinkles!  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 …


Fluffy Classic Yellow Cake

Baker Bettie Baking Techniques, Basic Recipes, Cakes, Sweets 7 Comments

Learn how to make this perfectly fluffy classic yellow cake. Follow this easy step by step tutorial to make the perfect yellow cake that is a master recipe for cupcakes and endless other cake flavor combinations. I haven’t kept it any secret here on Baker Bettie that cake is not my favorite thing in the world. But I’m dedicating this whole week to cake. Because I do think that to be a serious baker, you need to be able to make a great cake. One that is light and fluffy and moist. And that isn’t easy. Making a tough and …


Easy Basic Pie Crust

Baker Bettie Baking Techniques, Basic Recipes, Pie, Sweets 5 Comments

Learn how easy it is to make a very basic pie crust recipe that is flakey and perfect with only 4 ingredients! This recipe makes enough for a double crust and can be reduced by half for a single crust. I think a good basic pie crust is something everyone should have in their cooking/baking repertoire. Even those who claim to be cooks and not bakers probably run into the occasional need for pie crust. And there is just no reason why you should buy pre-made pie crusts. Homemade pie dough is so incredibly easy to make. And if you follow just …


Pate a Choux and All it Can Do

Baker Bettie Baking Techniques, Basic Recipes, Choux Pastry Techniques, Fundamentals, Pate a Choux, Sweets 19 Comments

Learn how to make the basic pate a choux recipe. This is a simple to make classic french pastry batter that has all kinds of uses including cream puffs, profiteroles, eclairs, beignets, cheese puffs, parisienne gnocchi, and much more!  Welcome to the week of Pate a Choux! Pate a who? Pate a Choux! If you aren’t familiar with pate a choux you are about to get familiar! Pate a choux, or choux pastry, is a classic French cooked pastry dough. In it’s basic form it contains only water, butter, flour, and eggs. It is so amazingly simple but turns into …