County fairs welcome bakers of all levels to show off their skills. Sometimes, that could feel a little intimidating. We’re here to give you some tips and guidelines to help you win that blue ribbon.
Arapahoe County’s average elevation is about 5,000 feet. You may want to consider altering recipes for high altitude. Check out these tips for your high-elevation baking:
1.Reduce baking powder: for each
teaspoon, decrease 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon.
2. Reduce sugar: for each cup,
decrease 0 to 2 tablespoons.
3. Increase liquid: for each cup,
add 2 to 4 tablespoons
4. Increase oven temperature by 25
5. Air pressure is lower, so foods
take longer to bake. Temperatures and/or bake times may need to be
6. Liquids evaporate faster, so
amounts of flour, sugar and liquids may need to be changed to prevent
batter that is too moist, dry or gummy.
7. Gases expand more, so
doughs rise faster. Leavening agents (baking soda and baking powder) may
need to be decreased. Doughs may need shorter rising times and may need to
be “punched down” (deflated) twice during the rising process.