Environment plays a big role in baking. You can bake the same recipe in different environments, and end up with either the perfect cookie, or a complete mess. Here I’ll go over the effects of different environments on your cookie baking.
- High Altitudes
If you live in an altitude that is 3000 feet or higher above the sea, you should reduce your baking temperature on your oven by 25 degrees. It is also recommended that you reduce the amount of sugar used by 2 tablespoons per cup.
- Humid environments
You will want to reduce the liquid in your recipe slightly. There is really no formula for this since humidity varies. Experiment a bit with your dough. Measure out all the liquid called for in the recipe, and then add it a bit at a time until you get the correct texture in your dough. This won’t work for all recipes, but for most, this is a good way to get your dough just right.
- Dry environments
There really aren’t to many considerations for very dry environments. If you feel your dough is just to dry, try adding liquid 1 tablespoon at a time until it gets to the correct texture and consistency.
I hope this will give you some idea of how to adjust your recipes. If you’ve had experience with other types of baking environments, or if you have found other helpful tips and hints, please post them here. I’d love to hear more about how you adjust your recipes.