Tips & Techniques

5 Links to Read Before Baking at High Altitudes

August 13, 2014

Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master something new in the kitchen. Culinary greatness, here you come..

Today: How to rise above the challenges of high-altitude baking.

Baking is an exact science. You meticulously measure ingredients, combine them in a specific order, place everything in a perfectly preheated oven, and hope for the best. For people living at high altitudes (2500 feet or more above sea level), the complex variables involved in baking are literally taken to new heights, as adjustments must be made for the significant changes in air pressure. If you're constantly pulling sunken cakes and dense loaves of bread from the oven, your troubles might be related to where you live. Need help baking high above sea level? Just read these links.

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  • Before you heat up the oven, you'll want to understand the science behind successful baking above sea level. (Epicurious.)
  • Find useful tips for troubleshooting the most common high-altitude baking problems. (Cook's Country.)
  • You should never have to forgo pizza: Here's how to adjust for altitude when making everyone's favorite food. (Serious Eats.)
  • Check out our community's advice on a high-altitude baking conundrum. (Food52.)

What are your tips for baking above sea level? Share them with us in the comments!

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Don M. August 16, 2014
Excellent resources all, not enough is available on this subject.
Rhonda35 August 14, 2014
I've found Susan Purdy's "Pie in the Sky" cookbook quite helpful since moving from sea level to over 5000 feet. Baking at altitude is a real challenge and I think I will be tackling it for years. Thanks for these links!
PRST August 13, 2014
Ha. Not as simple as the links make it to be. Totally depends on the type of recipe and exact altitude. Been there and still doing it... words from a Miami transplant that loved baking to Montanan that has been searching for the love for 20 years!