Baker Bettie's Better Baking Book: Classic Baking Techniques and Recipes for Building Baking Confidence (Cake Decorating, Pastry Recipes, Baking Classes)

Baker Bettie's Better Baking Book: Classic Baking Techniques and Recipes for Building Baking Confidence (Cake Decorating, Pastry Recipes, Baking Classes)


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Learn Pastry Recipes from Professional Cook Baker Bettie

“I wish I had this book when I started baking! It’s not only a collection of amazing recipes, but it answers the ‘why’ to your baking questions.”―Gemma Stafford, chef, author, and host of Bigger Bolder Baking

#1 Bestseller in Professional Cooking, Pastry Baking, Cake Baking, Pies, Desserts, and Cookies

Do you find baking difficult, or are you just not sure how it works? This cookbook is your new go-to baking book full of pastry recipes and more. 

Baking from scratch can be hard. The science of baking is a particular science that requires precise measurements and steps. But with professional cook Kristin Hoffman, aka Baker Bettie, the science behind baking becomes second nature! Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book is like a lifetime’s worth of baking classes. This baking book lays a foundation of basic baking skills and tools for mastering cake, cookie, pie, and pastry recipes that are sure to boost your baking confidence.

Learn top tips from a professional cook. Consider Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book your at-home culinary and baking classes guide. This baking book goes beyond the recipe by teaching the science behind baking, from measurements, techniques, and step-by-step processes, to directions on how to use base recipes to create endless drool-worthy baked goods. This book ensures that you are able to tackle any baking task, such as pastry recipes, making cakes, baking pies, making cookies, and cake decorating with confidence!

In this baking book, learn more about:

  • The science of baking from a professional cook
  • Foundational baking techniques and mixing methods
  • How to bake from scratch 
  • How master formulas are used to bake a ton of delicious and easy recipes!

If you enjoyed books like Beginner's Baking Bible, Small Batch Baking, or Nadiya Bakes, you’ll love Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642506587
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 11/30/2021
Pages: 273
Sales rank: 58,689
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kristin Hoffman, also known as "Baker Bettie," is a trained chef, baking science geek, and the baking instructor at Kristin's approach to baking is to teach foundational recipes, baking techniques, and approachable baking science. Her belief is that gaining an understanding of the processes and the "whys" in baking helps foster confidence in the kitchen. She teaches workshops in Chicago & the surrounding areas along with private classes and corporate events. The website is where she shares her recipes, classic baking techniques & approachable baking science tips.

Sally is a mother, baker, blogger, author, and food photographer. She started Sally’s Baking Addiction in 2011 as a personal blog. Her small hobby blog quickly ignited a passion for food photography as well as a desire to teach others…not just what to bake, but how to bake.

Just a year and a half after launching the blog, Sally quit her full-time job to build Sally’s Baking Addiction into the business it is today. She has written, photographed, and published more than a thousand from-scratch recipes and written three cookbooks.

Read an Excerpt

For the past few years, I have toyed with the idea of writing this book. I wanted to translate the approach culinary school had for the home baker. I felt confident that if I could guide bakers through mixing methods, techniques, and approachable baking science, they would feel more confident with baking and love it as much as I do.

I have been teaching baking online for the last 10 years and it's a wonderful medium to connect with people from all over the world. But it is more difficult to guide bakers through a wide range of topics sequentially, which is why I’m ecstatic about sharing this book with you!

While you can dip in and out of this book for recipes, I’m going to encourage you to go through this book sequentially from start to finish. It is laid out in a way to guide you through lessons that continue building on each other so that as you go through each one, Property of Kristin Hoffman you will finish this book with a great deal of baking confidence. This is the book that I wish I had when I was first learning to bake.

Part one lays out some important groundwork for everything that will follow. We cover basic ingredient functions, essential baking equipment, and important baking science that will apply to the chapters that follow.

In part two, we dive into mixing methods, techniques, and master recipes. In this section, you learn specific mixing methods and the master recipes that utilize these methods. You will see how versatile these master recipes can be to create a wide variety of baked goods.

Each chapter also covers key baking science that will help you identify what may have gone wrong if you ever have a baking mishap. Each of these chapters could be written into a book all by themselves. My goal for you is to lay the groundwork for understanding the fundamentals of each topic so you feel confident to venture beyond this book into more advanced techniques and recipes.

Thank you for trusting me to teach you. Let’s dive in!

Table of Contents

Foreword 17

Introduction 19

How to Use This Book 25

Part 1 Before You Start Baking 27

Chapter 1 Baking Ingredients and Their Functions 29

Chapter 2 Essential Baking Equipment 53

Chapter 3 Common Baking Techniques and Terminology 59

Chapter 4 Essential Rules of Baking 69

Part 2 Mixing Methods & Master Recipes 81

Chapter 5 Quick Breads 83

The Muffin Mixing Method 85

The Biscuit Mixing Method 103

Chapter 6 Cookies & Bars 119

The One-Bowl Method 120

The Creaming Method for Cookies 130

Chapter 7 Cakes 143

The Blending Method 146

The Creaming Method for Cakes 152

The Angel Food Method 162

The Chiffon Mixing Method 168

Chapter 8 Pies 181

Crusts 184

Fillings 194

Toppings 212

Chapter 9 Yeast Breads 225

The Stages of Making Bread 228

Chapter 10 Miscellaneous Techniques & Components 249

Baking Conversions 264

Acknowledgements 266

About the Author 267

Index 268

Chapter 5 Quick Breads 83

Sweet Batter Bread Master Recipe 89

Blueberry Coffee Cake Loaf/Muffins 90

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf/Muffins 90

Savory Batter Bread Master Recipe 93

Parmesan Herb Bread 94

Cheddar Dill Bread 94

Fruit or Veg Quick Bread Master Recipe 97

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread/Muffins 98

Zucchini Bread/Muffins 98

Loaded Carrot Bread/Muffins 98

Apple Spice Oat Bread/Muffins 98

Cornbread Master Recipe 101

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread 102

Smoky Chipotle Cornbread 102

Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe 107

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits 109

Fresh Herb Biscuits 109

Scone Master Recipe 111

Blueberry Lemon Scones 113

Cherry Almond Scones 113

Strawberry Shortcakes 113

Soda Bread Master Recipe 115

"Brown Bread" Soda Bread 116

Currant and Caraway Soda Bread 116

Chapter 6 Cookies & Bars 119

Classic Fudgy Brownie Recipe 123

Salted Caramel Pecan Brownies 124

Spiced Hot Chocolate Brownies 124

Blondie Master Recipe 127

Classic White Chocolate Walnut Blondies 128

Funfetti Blondies 128

Shortbread Master Recipe 133

Shortbread Cut-Out Cookies 134

Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies 135

Shortbread Crumb Bars 136

Shortbread Tart or Pie Crust 136

Drop Cookie Master Recipe 139

Monster Cookies 140

Spiced Rum-Soaked Oatmeal Raisin 140

Chewy Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies 140

Chapter 7 Cakes 143

Classic Chocolate Cake Master Recipe 149

Death by Chocolate Cake 150

Pound Cake Master Recipe 155

Marble Pound Cake 156

Crumb Cake 156

Classic White Cake 159

Funfetti Cake 160

Coconut Cake 160

Angel Food Cake Recipe 165

Chocolate Angel Food Cake 166

Yellow Chiffon Cake Recipe 171

Lemon Rosemary Cake 172

Boston Cream Pie 172

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe 175

Chocolate Buttercream 176

Coconut Buttercream 176

Citrus Buttercream (Lemon, Orange, or Lime) 176

Peanut Butter Buttercream 176

Berry Buttercream (Strawberry, Raspberry, or Cherry) 176

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe 177

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting 177

Lemon, Orange, or Lime Cream Cheese Frosting 177

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting 177

Chapter 8 Pies 181

Traditional Pie Pastry 187

Cookie Crumb Crust Recipe 193

Shortbread Crust 194

Fruit Pie Filling Master Recipe 197

Traditional Fruit Pie 198

Fruit Cobbler 199

Fruit Crisp or Crumble 199

Cheesecake Master Recipe 203

Pastry Cream Master Recipe 207

Cream Pie 208

Pastry Cream Fruit Tart 208

Fruit Curd Master Recipe 211

Swiss Meringue Recipe 217

Swiss Meringue Buttercream 218

Popular Pie Flavor Combinations 221

Banana Cream Pie 221

Berry Crisp 221

Chocolate Cream Pie 221

Coconut Cream Pie 221

Dutch Apple Pie 222

Lemon Meringue Pie 222

Peach Cobbler 222

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie 222

Chapter 9 Yeast Breads 225

No-Knead Lean Dough Master Recipe 235

Rustic Boule 236

Focaccia Bread 237

Pizza Crust 238

Soft Sandwich Bread Master Recipe 241

Honey Whole Wheat Bread 243

Seeded Sandwich Bread 243

Enriched Dough Master Recipe 245

Filled Rolls 246

Cinnamon Rolls 247

Sticky Buns 247

Dinner Rolls 247

Chapter 10 Miscellaneous Techniques & Components 249

Berry Sauce 250

Caramel Sauce 251

Chocolate Ganache 253

Ganache Frosting/Whipped Ganache 253

Truffles 254

Cake Glaze 254

Egg Wash 255

Fruit Glaze 255

Toasted Nuts or Coconut 256

Powdered Sugar Glaze 257

Citrus Glaze 258

Vanilla Glaze 258

Apple Oder Glaze 258

Almond Glaze 258

Streusel Topping 261

Oat Streusel 261

Nut Streusel 261

Whipped Cream Topping 263

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“I wish I had this book when I started baking! It’s not only a collection of amazing recipes, but it answers the ‘why’ to your baking questions.”
—Gemma Stafford, chef, author, and host of Bigger Bolder Baking

“Kristin has given bakers of any skill level the essential baking handbook with this collection of tested recipes, thorough instructions, and detailed kitchen lessons.”
—Sally McKenney, author of Sally's Baking Addiction

“Kristin is so knowledgeable about baking and makes it incredibly fun to learn the science behind it all. I would have loved this book when I was learning to bake because it breaks down so much about how baking works and how to become a better baker. A must-have on every baker's shelf!”
—Liz Marek, award-winning cake decorator, author, and host of Sugar Geek Show

“If you’re looking for a baking textbook, a master guide that explains everything you need to know about baking, Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book is it. Kristin answers all questions that could possibly arise from a recipe, whether they concern ingredients, equipment, or techniques. She accompanies methods with delectable base recipes that invite readers to experiment and get creative, and illustrates them with stunning step-by-step photographs. A beautifully written book that will no doubt be a staple for novices and more experienced bakers alike.”
—Vedika Luthra, author of 52 Weeks, 52 Sweets

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