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Pie in the Sky Successful Baking at High Altitudes: 100 Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Breads, and Pastries Home-tested for Baking at Sea Level, 3,000, 5,000, 7,000, and 10,000 feet (and Anywhere in Between). Hardcover – May 31, 2005
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Susan G. Purdy, CCP, is a well-known, widely traveled baking teacher, journalist, and author of thirty books, including twelve cookbooks. Her most recent works are The Perfect Cake and The Perfect Pie, as well as the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Award-winning Have Your Cake and Ear It, Too.
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So far, my success rate for recipes in this book run about 30%. Baking times run way off on both sides, either far too short or far too long. Those recipes that do work have an unpleasant texture (either too dry or too sticky) or no taste.
This book is best used as a guide for modifying existing recipes... below 7000 ft, most recipes will work with only subtle modifications. If you make anything straight out of it, cross check with another recipe. If something seems too different, it's probably not going to work.
From her research I am learning to adjust recipes so that they raise and are moist rather than being flat and dry. Prior to reading her book, I had one loaf of coconut bread turn to nothing but crumbs...but no more. She also suggests that we use recipes as guidelines to adjust over time. Each recipe in her book includes an extremely helpful and thoughtful chart of alterations for altitudes at sea level, 3000 feet, 5000 feet, 7000 feet, and 10,000 feet for each recipe included in her book.
This book has brought back the joy of baking at high altitudes. Thank you, Susan Purdy!
I have tried 2 recipes from this book (1-2-3-4 cake and baguettes) and both have turned out beautifully! No more guesswork or wasted ingredients. The only thing I am a little disappointed with is the lack of treatment on cupcakes, even though there are sections on cake and muffins. Just a short footnote on how to adapt the cake recipes to cupcakes would've been much appreciated. The rest of the book was just fantastic, with plenty of information and explicit instructions. I can't recommend this book highly enough! Thanks Susan, for solving most of my baking woes!
I moved to Colorado Springs last December ( 2012 ) and it's at 6500 feet.
My cookies were coming out flat and hardened quickly, my cakes were falling.
First recipe I used from this book was for the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
I tweaked it a bit and used coconut sugar and spelt flour but it still turned out moist and delicious.
I'm trying the peanut butter cookie recipe this week-end.
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I just wanted to thank you for writing "Pie in the Sky." I found it on line, and it was a great investment. I live in Reno, NV.Read more