Baking at Elevation

If you are visiting us here in South Lake Tahoe and get that sweet tooth hankering, read on! You could stop by one of our favorite bakeries in town, or if the hankering beckons for a fresh from the oven, chocolate chip cookie, have fun learning some science behind baking at altitude.

Most people that live and vacation here cook and bake meals and treats without a thought of interference from the environment or location. When the truth is, something as simple as boiling  water is different up here in the mountains.

We all know that baking is more scientific than cooking but without getting too nerdy here’s a little more behind what actually happens: Water boils at about 12 degrees lower at our elevation (6232’) than at sea level. This boiling point temperature difference is caused by decreased atmospheric pressure and effects so many things including cook time and temp.

Basically, evaporation happens too fast, the baked goods rise too fast for the glutens and sugars to set. These challenges result in collapsed, flat cakes and cookies, dense, dried out or crumbly cakes and most commonly well done edges with uncooked centers. 

But with our tips below we can help remove a few of those challenges and take your treats to next level baking:

  • Sub ½ semi sweet chocolate chips for milk chocolate chips  
  • Refrigerate prepared dough for at least 30 min
  • Use cookie scoop or scale for even baking time and temp
  • Bake for 8 minutes and check for doneness if necessary turn sheet and leave in for 1 minute increments til done.  
  • Cool on tray for 5 minutes before transferring to mouth or cooling rack.
  • Store in air tight container (everything dries out so fast up here)  
  • Bake by batch and give to the family, neighbors and friends or keep dough for 1 week in fridge (longer in freezer) and bake as needed

For those with a special family recipe you want to enjoy on vacation it just might be the case that they’ll taste better if you bake them beforehand! Or start a new family tradition with some of the delectable treats from our local fresh bakeries.

Crazy Good Bakery

Crazy Good Bakery 2040 Dunlap Dr.

Tucked behind Grass Roots Natural Foods at the Y this old house is not to be missed painted a beautiful shade of Tahoe blue. Crazy Good Bakery has a welcoming porch/patio that is great in the summer to soak up the sun or sit under an umbrella and enjoy your goodies. But for those that enjoy the smell of house made bagels, sweets, pastries and confections inside seating is plenty. Take a bar window seat for a site of Mt. Tallac. Also, the locally roasted coffee is a delight! Seasonly creative flavored donuts are a hit on the weekends; go early and gets yours!Among so many other tasty treats these donuts are sure to hit your classic craving with a twist.

My Sugar Pine Bakery

My Sugar Pine Bakery 3564 Lake Tahoe Blvd

Indulge in some of the best brownies and made for one tarts and pies. Make sure to pick up a cookie for now and half a dozen pastries/goodies for your counter-top snacks. The family approved minis pies are a hit with the kids!

Finally, when baking fear not. combine flour sugar and fat with some love and it is bound to turn out, sweet and delicious. Enjoy!

Farm Fresh: A Guide to South Lake Tahoe’s Farmers Markets

In South Lake Tahoe the farmers market is a hit for locals and tourists alike. We are lucky that in our small mountain town we have 2 amazing Farmers Markets. You’ll surely want to check out both!

El Dorado County Certified Farmers Market 

Where: 

American Legion Post 795 (Parking Lot)

2732 South Lake Tahoe Blvd (Hwy 50)

When:

  Tuesday’s 8am -1pm (June – Oct)

El Dorado County Certified Farmers Market is always a delight! There is plenty of parking and attendants to assist (so kind and helpful!). Although bags are available, remember to bring your reusable shopping bags to cut down on plastic and keep our beautiful lake blue. Every guests that stays at an RnR Vacation Rental home receives a Keep Tahoe Blue reusable blue bag, perfect to bring to the farmers market!

There are many samples to try before you buy – from fruits to cheese, snacks, chips and more there is something for everyone!

While you shop, be sure to stop by the Limonada fresh squeezed lemonade stand. This artisanal local company has some thirst quenching, delicious beverages to enjoy – everything from classic lemonade and infused waters to mango iced tea. You’re sure to stay refreshed and hydrated!

Ski Run Farmers Market

Where:

Ski Run Blvd. between Hwy 50 and Pioneer Trail Rd 

When:

Fridays 3-8pm (June-Aug)

Ski Run Farmers Market makes it easy to have a special Friday night! Convenient to get to, this farmers market and has plenty of parking, and many amazing local treats. Dine al fresco and enjoy some of the many foods offerings from pizza to crepes and more.

Listen to live music and finish with dessert from Sweet Spoke Pops – Tahoe’s original handcrafted popsicles. These sweet treats are made from locally sourced organic fruits straight from the farmers market.

Fresh produce, homemade jams, chutneys, cheeses and snacks are available are ready serve up to family and friends. This market is not just food and produce either – locally made wood wares, soaps and jewelry are also available. Bring multiple shopping bags cause your gonna wanna fill them up with all the finds!

Another great thing about both farmers markets – they are pet friendly. Bring your furry friends (a on leash) and treat them to a Melba and Hazel dog treat. These clean, healthy, single ingredient treats are homemade in Tahoe and trust us the dogs love them!

Here’s our tip for hitting both markets and never missing out: Tuesday’s El Dorado County Farmers Market is perfect for stocking the fridge and pantry with your weekly staples. The Friday Ski Run Farmers Market has everything you need to execute your weekend plans perfectly.

Live like a local on your next visit to South Lake Tahoe in one of these homes walking distance to a farmers market. Check out Wintershire at South Lake Tahoe. This 3.5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is walking distance from the El Dorado County Farmers Market.

Wintershire is walking distance from the El Dorado County Farmers Market

Many homes are close to the Ski Run Farmers Market. Be sure to check out Heavenly Charm, Aloha Paradise, or Only Good Times.

With the perfect weather, ample water activities, and amazing markets with fresh food for days make summertime in South Lake is a must!

Here are RnR Vacation Rentals we make happy happen in Tahoe!

Catch the July 4th Fireworks From the Best Spots in South Lake!

We’ve made it to July – can you believe it?!? This means it’s time to enjoy a South Lake Tahoe Fourth of July with family and friends. Luckily the South Shore has some amazing places to take in the fireworks show

Fireworks start July 4, 2019 at 9:45 PM and they are visible from all over town. Here are a few of the best spots to take in the show:

On the lake! The M.S. Dixie II: South Shore’s Mississippi paddle wheeler offers a unique opportunity to view the light show from the water. Featuring live entertainment and fantastic views of the evening’s display.  

(Photo Sourced from Zephyr Cove)

Nevada Beach:  Located about two miles east of the Nevada casinos on Elk Point Road, Nevada Beach is the ideal setting for a family barbecue at the beach. A wide, sandy shoreline leads down to the sapphire waters of Lake Tahoe. Picnic tables dot the beach. The view across the lake to the West Shore and Desolation Wilderness is unsurpassed. And the view of the fireworks display is one of the best in town.

(Photo Sourced from Tahoe Activities)

Timber Cove Marina: Timber Cove Marina is located at the Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge, the Timber Cove Marina offers front row seating that fills up fast!

Lakeview Commons/El Dorado Beach: The Lakeview Commons right in the heart of South Lake Tahoe is only of the most popular spots to watch the firework display. Get there early because the commons are sure to fill up fast. This is located right on the corner of Hwy 50 and Lakeview Avenue. 

(Photo Sourced from California Tahoe Conservancy)

Lakeside Beach: You can watch the fireworks at one of the finest beaches on the South Shore. Another popular spot for visitors and locals alike. 

(Photo Sourced from Tahoe Activities)

As you enjoy this special holiday in one of the most beautiful places on earth please share your photos and hashtag #HappyHappensinTahoe.

Have a fun and safe July 4th!!!