Can anyone give some advice on high altitude baking? I’m baking at 4300 ft, I have no problems with bread, cakes are a nightmare! Most of my cakes sink in the middle, I have tried decreasing baking powder, increasing the oven temp. 15 degrees, and adding more flour. It is impossible for me to make any cake with a streusel topping, the cake simply consumes the streusel like a volcano! As you can tell I’m very frustrated:-)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I don’t have any problems with baking sourdough breads but when it comes to baking quick breads or cakes I do have a problem. So I quit baking them, then I heard about the book
“Pie In The Sky” by Susan G. Purdy, then I quickly ordered the book from Amazon. I’ve been baking up a storm since I got the book and have been revising my own old recipes with the help of her book. The book is great! Buy the book you won’t be sorry.
My elevation level is at 4200 ft. and she recommends that I choose my recipes from the 5,000 ft. level. You would also be baking at this level too.
She starts the baking levels at Sea level, 3,000 ft. 5,000 ft. 7,000 ft. and up to 10,000 ft.
In Susan’s testing, she discovered that there are no all-purpose remedies: each recipe is unique and requires special adjustments, but there are some general guidelines for high altitude baking that you can read about in her book. Susan even tells tells you where to place the oven rack for the best baking level, and which baking pans to use for the best results.
Susan Purdy will supply you with all the info…you will need to know to be successful in high altitude baking. [Quote from inside book-cover] Baking can be a challenge at best, or a total disaster. More than thirty-four of the fifty United States, plus many Canadian regions, have cities and towns at altitudes of more than 2,500 ft. yet there are hardly any cookbooks that address the special needs of these bakers. Until now. Award-winning cookbook author Susan Purdy has finally written the first ever foolproof guide to high-altitude baking.