Tips for Making Quality Baked Goods in High Humidity

October 15,2021

When you perfect done every step according to the recipe, but sometimes the outcomes fail. The humid and rainy weather may cause it. So, a high level of humidity can be a nightmare for the baker. Your signature recipe may also go wrong. However, sometimes you can't wait for good weather to bake. Use the following tips will help your bread and cookie come out of the oven smelling and tasting great even during the dog days of summer.

1. Reduce Liquids

To counteract the extra moisture absorbed from the air by dried ingredients, you can reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by about a quarter. (For example, if a recipe calls for a cup of milk, reduce it to 3/4 cup.) After mixing, check the consistency. If you find it too dry, add a tablespoon at a time until the batter looks just right, being careful not to exceed the requirements in the recipe. If your kitchen is hot and humid, add a frozen liquid to your batter or dough but make sure it's not too cold.

2. Refrigerate Your Ingredients

Suppose flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda are stored in the refrigerator or freezer instead of the pantry. In that case, your ingredients will suffer less humidity damage, which keeps them cool and helps them stay fresh longer. Remove ingredients an hour before baking and bring to room temperature. If you use cold ingredients, your baked goods won't ferment sufficiently, so keep that in mind.

3. Increase Baking Time

Another way to prevent humid weather from affecting the dough is to increase the baking time. Have you ever tested doneness after the minimum baking time, only to find that your baked goods are still a little underdone? You'll need to extend the recipe's baking time to account for extra moisture. Place the cake in the oven for an additional 3-5 minutes to give the liquid in the cake more time to boil off.  Then test every 2 to 3 minutes, so you don't overcook!

4. Rely on In-house A/C or Fan

Warm weather means high humidity. So, it's best to close the kitchen window, because opening it will draw moist air into the room. Then, before baking, turn on the ceiling fan, dehumidifier, or your home's air conditioning system for at least an hour to cool the kitchen, which will reduce humidity. By artificially changing the humidity of the kitchen air to your advantage, you can guarantee the quality of your baking.

5. Store Baked Goods in an Airtight Container, Or the Fridge

Humidity can ruin your freshly baked food. If you leave freshly baked foods at room temperature, they will absorb moisture, just like if you leave freshly baked cookies on the table at room temperature, the indoor humidity will make them sticky and squishy or stale, and you'll end up throwing them in the trash. To avoid this, keep baked goods in an airtight container or refrigerator.