As the holiday season kicks off, many of us will start warming up our ovens to bake those cakes, breads, candies and assorted goodies. Living at high altitude provides an extra challenge when following recipes. Although many foods pose few problems, recipes for baked goods developed at sea level can be hard for the cook.Need some expert advice? Come join Eagle Public Library at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, for a special program, “The Science and Art of Food Preparation at Altitude”.“At altitudes above 3,500 feet, the preparation of food may require changes in time, temperature and/or ingredients,” said Glenda Wentworth, Colorado State University Extension Agent.Wentworth will offer insights into overcoming those cooking and baking challenges at high altitudes. Topics will include the effects of decreased pressure on food preparation and the adjustments needed.The CSU extension publication, “High Altitude Baking: 200 delicious recipes and tips for great cookies, cakes, breads and more: for people living between 3,500 & 10,000 feet,” will be available for purchase. Copies are $14.95. Here is a sample recipe for gingerbread from the book. This basic recipe includes adjustments for two different altitudes and the following one is for altitudes at 6,500-8,000 feet.
2 1/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour1/2 t. baking soda1/4 t. cinnamon1/4 t. nutmeg1/4 t. allspice1 t. ground ginger1/2 cup sugar1/3 cup vegetable oil2 large eggs3/4 cup molasses2/3 cup waterPreheat oven to 375 F. Grease and flour bottom of 9X9-inch baking pan. Mix and sift flour, baking soda, spices and sugar into a bowl. Add oil, eggs, molasses and water; beat for 30 seconds with mixer at low speed, scraping the bowl frequently until well combined. Pour batter into pan. Spread batter from center so it is slightly higher at the edges. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven. Leave in pan and cut into squares. Serve warm. Gingerbread is one of my personal holiday favorites, so I plan to bake this recipe before the workshop and have it on hand. Yes, there will be homemade treats for attendees to sample!This free event is open to the public but please call ahead to register and reserve a spot. Contact Glenda at 328-8630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Join us on Dec. 3 for a fun and informative evening at Eagle Library to kick off your holiday baking!