Devil’s Food Cake with Ganache

Baker Bettie Cakes, Sweets 9 Comments

I recently learned to word: tchotchke. I was talking to my mother-in-law and she said, “I hear you like tchotchkes!” I immediately assumed it must be some kind of dessert. Then she told me what they were and I guess I do, in a way, like tchotchkes, but only ones with meaning or purpose so I’m not sure you can really call them that. Our living room is decorated with vintage camera’s displayed from my father’s camera collection, and much of my kitchen decor is either props that I use for the blog or pieces that my mother or father made …

Chocolate Ganache 101

Baker Bettie Baking Techniques, Candy, Frostings and Sauces, Fundamentals, Sweets 8 Comments

Learn how to make ganache for truffles, cake frostings, glazes, fillings and many other uses. Made from only cream and chocolate, ganache can be used for so many things! You see that picture up ^ there. That! That is what we like to call “food porn.” Sexy right? But that right there is also what we call the beautiful simplicity and perfection of chocolate ganache! Ganache is one of those few things in the pastry world that I love because of it’s simplicity and versatility. If you have never made ganache before you might not even realize how darn easy …

Profiteroles with Coffee Ice Cream and Chocolate Ganache

Baker Bettie Choux Pastry Techniques, Frozen, Pastries, Pate a Choux, Sweets 8 Comments

Learn how to make profiteroles filled with coffee ice cream and topped with chocolate ganache. Use the basic pate a choux recipe to make these simple shells and fill with your favorite ice cream! Remember when I did that whole Pate a Choux Series on the blog? And I taught you how to make the basic pastry and then we used it to make Beignets, and Cheese Puffs, and Classic Cream Puffs,  and Parisienne Gnocchi with (bacon and brussels sprouts!!!), and Eclairs with Espresso Glaze?! Well for some reason I forgot to share with you these profiteroles made with the same choux pastry. Probably …

Cake Donuts with Chocolate Ganache

Baker Bettie Breakfast, Donuts, Sweets 17 Comments

Old fashioned fried cake donut recipe dipped in rich chocolate ganache and topped with colorful sprinkles! These donuts are light and fluffy and flavored lightly with cinnamon.  Good morning! I can’t even tell you how excited I am to get up in the mornings right now. It’s even hard for me to go to sleep at night! Because all I can think about is all these exciting things happening with the blog and VRAI Magazine and I can’t wait to start my day everyday to get to work. We made the decision very recently that I would work for myself …