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Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova

Baker Bettie Cakes, Holidays, Sweets, Valentine's Day 5 Comments

A pavlova is a baked meringue dessert that is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. This chocolate raspberry pavlova takes this elegant dessert to a new level with chocolate meringue, whipped cream, fresh raspberry sauce, and chocolate ganache!  This article was originally written and published by me in the February 2015 Issue of VRAI Magazine.  My husband and I became friends a few months before we ever started dating. He was easy to be around and easy to talk to. We clicked almost immediately. Not necessarily in a way that made me know we were going to …

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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 …

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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 …

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Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

Baker Bettie Cakes, Holidays, Sweets, Valentine's Day 7 Comments

This recipe for molten chocolate lava cake is incredibly simple to put together and is so impressive once it comes out of the oven! Cut into the cakes while still hot and the center will flow with melted chocolate lava!  Molten chocolate lava cake, while sort of the cliche romantic dessert, just really never gets old. Jon Favreau reminded us of that in his impassioned rant in the movie “Chef.” Side bar, if you haven’t watched that movie, get to Netflix pronto. But let’s get real, warm chocolate cake with molten chocolate oozing out of the middle is possibly the …

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Best Make Ahead Breakfasts for Christmas Morning

Baker Bettie Christmas, Holidays 5 Comments

The best way to have a relaxing Christmas morning is to prep your breakfast the night before! I want to bring you some of my favorite make ahead breakfasts to help you be successful at a lazy Christmas morning! Tomorrow I am hopping on a plane and headed to Puerto Rico with the family I am a private chef for. We will be there for 8 days. I will definitely be working the whole time, but I am looking forward to some warm weather and relaxation during my off hours. It will be strange not celebrating Christmas with a lot …

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How to Make Homemade Eggnog

Baker Bettie Beverages, Christmas, Holidays, Thanksgiving 1 Comment

Eggnog is a must have at any holiday party and a homemade version is incredibly easy to make and so much tastier than any store bought variety. You can spike it with your booze of choice! I choose bourbon!  I originally wrote this article and recipe for the December 2014 edition of VRAI Magazine. The article references me living in Philadelphia because I was at the time of original publishing, however I now live in Chicago.  I grew up in a fairly small town in Kansas. A town called Hutchinson that is literally also known asSmallville. It is a special place, though I’m …

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No-Bake Mini Cranberry Cheesecake Tarts

Baker Bettie Cheesecake, Christmas, Fruit Pies, Holidays, Mini, Pastries, Pie, Sweets, Thanksgiving Leave a Comment

These mini cranberry cheesecake tarts use mini phyllo shells, a no-bake cheesecake filling, and an easy 3 ingredient cranberry topping. This quick dessert comes together in a snap and will impress at your holiday gathering!  I’m going to Raleigh this week to spend time with my husband’s family for Thanksgiving. I am so excited to relax and eat some great food! Since we are getting down to the wire for the day of gluttonous glory, I thought I would share a really easy dessert recipe with you! This one is for those who need something to prep quickly but are …

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Buttermilk Raspberry Scones with Toasted Almonds and Buttermilk Glaze

Baker Bettie Breads, Breakfast, Holidays, Scones, Sweets, Valentine's Day 3 Comments

A bit of a twist on the classic cream scone, these Buttermilk Raspberry Scones with Toasted Almonds and Buttermilk Glaze are elegant, and incredibly light and tender. Share them with the people you love!  I feel like these scones are a perfect representation of my current state of mind right now. Cheerful. Celebratory. Happy… Guys, I am happy. I don’t know how long it has been that I could truly say that and not be lying at least a little bit. Perhaps never in my adult years. I’m happy. I’m content. And it almost doesn’t feel real. Do you ever think …