About

Hi! Thanks for stopping by to visit. I’m Michelle. I live in the beautiful city of Flagstaff, Arizona at 7,000 feet above sea level. When I moved here over five years ago I learned the hard way that lots of my favorite recipes did not turn out well in my new home. I made flat chocolate chip cookies, underbaked banana bread and many batches of failed fudge. Experimentation and research has helped me understand the art and science of baking at altitude. I started this website very recently to share proven and delicious recipes with my fellow high altitude bakers, although many of these recipes work well at all altitudes. Please let me know if there are any recipes you would like to see posted.

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Enjoying Northern Arizona

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My sweet cat, Little Mama, keeps me company as I update the website.

18 responses to About

  1. 

    I was looking for a high altitude banana bread recipe on Pinterest & found a link to your site. Then, being curios what other cities are at 7,000 feet found that you also live in Flagstaff! Thank you for sharing your recipes 🙂

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      Hi Allison 🙂 I’m happy that you found my site! It is very nice to meet a fellow Flagstaff baker. If there are any recipes you would like me to post, please let me know. I hope your banana bread turns out wonderfully.

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        I’m not from Flagstaff, but my boyfriend is and we live in Grand Canyon Village!

        I’m so excited to go through your website. It already looks like it will be a lifesaver, with all the baking issues I’ve had up here.

  2. 

    Hi, Michelle! I’m relatively new to high altitude baking (and baking in general). I live at 5,000 ft in Colorado and am looking for a yellow sheet cake recipe. Any chance you could help me out? Thanks in advance!

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      Hi Stephanie, I’m glad you found my website. When will you need the recipe? I have a good white sheet cake recipe but I don’t have a yellow one quite yet. I’ll get baking 🙂

  3. 

    That would be so wonderful! I want to make the sheet cake for my daughter’s first birthday party, which will be 2 weeks from today. Is that enough time? Do you think I’ll have to make any changes since I’m at 5,000 ft, not 7,000 ft like you are? Also, I’m not sure if it matters, but I’m planning on doing a half sheet cake (12″ by 18″), not a full one.

    Thank you SO much! I was getting so discouraged — you’re a life saver!

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      Yes, I’ll have time to work on it. I am out of town next week but I can work on it the following week in time for your party. I’ll take your altitude into consideration, it shouldn’t be a big issue. I’ll let you know as soon as I have a good recipe.

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      Hi Stephanie, I wanted to let you know your cake just came out of the oven and it looks and smells wonderful. It tastes good also. I’m going to taste it again tomorrow after it has a chance to settle and cool. I’ll email you the recipe tomorrow 🙂

  4. 

    I just used your Texas sheet cake recipe for my son’s 4th birthday party today. It turned out great!

  5. 

    Thank you so much for making this site, I live at 7000ft on the other side of the state (Eagar, AZ) and baking has been terrible since we moved up from the Valley. Im so excited to try your recipes and hopefully find joy, not frusteration, in baking again!

  6. 
    Donita Considine December 31, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Hi, Stephanie, have you tried making yorkshire pudding? Two years in a row, huge disaster. First time, rock hard hallow baseballs, second time dense flat disks.

  7. 

    I’m SO glad I found your website. I also live in Flagstaff, and I had become incredibly frustrated by the “high altitude” recipes I was finding online. “Above 3000ft” is not high altitude! Flagstaff (at 7000ft) is high altitude!!! And that extra 4000ft certainly makes a difference. 🙂

    Today, I’m going to make the sugar cookie recipe you shared, but I think I might sandwich them around some lemon cream cheese filling. 🙂 🙂

  8. 

    Your Key Lime Pie won over my fiance and inlaws (future)!! We recently moved from Dallas to Colorado Springs and knew that cooking in the mountains would be a challenge! Love LOVE LOVE this blog! P.S when should I look for your cookbook!! 🙂

  9. 

    Hi Michelle. I’ve lived in Albuquerque, NM for many, many years and have yet to find a good Peach Cobbler recipe. Usually the cobbler doesn’t rise or the ingredients are too dry and ends up as flour clumps with no flavor or texture. Got any ideas? I live at 6,500 ft. Thanks for your help!

  10. 

    Michelle, SOOOOO happy to have found your site. I live in Colorado and have moved up 2000 feet to 7400. It has been a challenge baking to say the least. Thank you for your insight and recipes. Made the peanut butter cookies and the oatmeal. Will be sure to make all the rest of yours. They sound wonderful and after the success of the others, I am sure they will be fabulous. Thank you again. Lisa

  11. 

    Hello! I found your website shortly after we moved to Colorado and tried several of your delicious recipes. My husband absolutey loves the creme brulee cheesecake recipe, but now we live in Pennsylvania and I am wondering, before I attempt it on my own and ruin it, is there anything I should change when baking at 12oo feet instead of 6ooo?

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