10 High-Altitude Baking Recipes That Really Work
Living at 3,000+ feet, some pretty amazing things await: sweeping views, epic hiking trails, and peaceful surroundings. But some not-so-perfect baking conditions do too. Since air pressure is lower, the moisture incorporated into your cake batters and bread doughs evaporates quicker than at sea level, resulting in drier, brick-like baked goods. Leavening agents work quicker as well, so you can easily end up with air pockets or "holes" in your goodies. No good! Luckily, a few simple tweaks to most brownies, breads, and cakes can make them just-as-amazing at high altitudes. Consider these 10 recipes your high altitude baking starter pack.
Basic High-Altitude Bread
High Altitude Deep Dish Brownies
With slightly less flour than a typical brownie recipe, these fudgy treats have a higher percentage of wet ingredients (eggs, vanilla, melted butter) so they can stand up to that increased evaporation speed and stay mouthwateringly moist. Jazz them up by adding a handful of chocolate chips, nuts, or chopped candy bar pieces.
Ultimate High Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookies
"I've lived in Colorado 20 years and this is the only chocolate chip cookie recipe that still tastes like Toll House but works at our altitude," says Allrecipe home baker Brycie S. A higher egg-to-butter ratio and less baking soda does the trick.
High-Altitude Buttermilk Devil's Food Cake
Ideal for an 11-inch by 15-inch sheet cake or three-layer tower, this luxurious buttermilk cocoa cake calls for a higher-than-usual wet-to-dry ratio to account for the extra evaporation that occurs during baking. Top with homemade buttercream frosting and everyone will guess that you purchased this cake from a fancy bakery.
High Altitude Meringue for Pie
High-Altitude Chocolate Cake
Melt-in-your-mouth decadent, this moist chocolate cake combines dessert and after-dinner coffee into one. (There's a full 1 ½ cups of hot coffee in the batter!) Greek yogurt and olive oil make the cake sturdy yet soft, while going a bit shy on baking powder helps with the altitude changes.
High Altitude Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
High-Altitude Angel Food Cake
This airy angel food cake is practically cloud-like — the complete opposite of those dense and dry baked goods we mentioned earlier. Less sugar, more flour, and a slightly higher baking temperature maintains the strength of the cake so it doesn't deflate, even when baked thousands of feet above sea level.