This is the course information and syllabus for the Baking Fundamentals Course. This is a free online baking course taught by chef instructor Kristin “Baker Bettie” HoffmanENROLL »

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Welcome to Baking Fundamentals!

Welcome to your Baking Fundamentals Course! This is the first course in a series of online baking classes. In this course you will learn all of the basic knowledge needed to truly become a confident baking. This course will teach basic baking terminology, essential equipment and uses, ingredient functions, and a variety of other basic baking topics.

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Baking Fundamentals Course Syllabus

Wondering what you will learn in this course? This course will lay all of the groundwork in which the rest of the courses will be built off of. This basic baking knowledge is key in being a confident home baker!

  • Lesson 1: The Most Important Lesson I Learned in Culinary School!
  • Lesson 2: Basic Baking Equipment & Uses
  • Lesson 3: Basic Baking Terminology
  • Lesson 4: How to Read & Understand a Recipe
  • Lesson 5: How to Measure Everything
  • Lesson 6: All About Sugar
  • Lesson 7: All About Flours
  • Lesson 8: All About Gluten
  • Lesson 9: All About Fats
  • Lesson 10: All About Eggs
  • Lesson 11: All About Leavening
  • Lesson 12: Ingredient Temperature Guidelines

Cold butter, softened butter and melted butter in a cup


When Does the Course Start?

The Baking Fundamentals course launches on April 30, 2018. If you are enrolled in the course on or prior to this date, then you will take the course in real time as each lesson is launched. New lessons will launch every other day. This is a 4 week course.

You can sign up to take the course at anytime after it is launched. If you sign up after the live course ends (after May 25th, 2018) you can choose to receive the course lessons all at once to go through at your own speed, or to receive 3 a week (a 4 week time frame).

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Each new lesson will be sent right to your inbox and will be live on Each lesson will contain written material as well as a video which will review the lesson.

If you are taking the course in real time when it launches, there will be discussion in the Baker Bettie Community Group about each lesson. You can join this group by requesting access through this link. In this group you can engage with Baker Bettie as well as other classmates about the lessons. You can also share what you are baking, ask questions, and connect with other passionate bakers!

Will I Get a Degree of Certificate from this Course?

Baker Bettie’s Baking School courses are not accredited and you will not receive an official degree or certificate. You will, however, learn a lot!

Is there Homework for this Course?

There will be a few simple homework assignments which are always optional! These assignments will challenge you to practice the lesson and give you the opportunity to share with the class what you are baking!

There is also some additional reading will be recommended throughout. The additional reading will give you the opportunity to go even more in depth into some of the topics and will give you some more baking science information.

Meet your Instructor

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Kristin “Baker Bettie” Hoffman is a trained chef and the baking instructor here at She has a passion for teaching basic baking techniques, foundational recipes, and approachable baking science.

After leaving her career as a private chef in Chicago, she choose to pursue her passion for making baking feel less intimidating. She currently works full time as an online baking instructor. Learn more about Kristin and her story here >>

Other Baking School Courses

Other courses will be launching all throughout 2018 and 2019! The other courses will be…

  • Quick Breads 
  • Pies
  • Cookies
  • Candies
  • Cakes
  • Pastries
  • Intro to Yeast Breads
  • Advanced Yeast Breads
  • Naturally Leavened Breads (Sourdough)