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Basic High-Altitude Bread

Rated as 4.83 out of 5 Stars

"Very easy bread recipe that I use for sandwich bread, pizza dough, and even naan! I live in Colorado Springs at an altitude of about 5,500 feet. This recipe works really well for me."
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2 h 35 m servings 230
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 loaf)


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  1. Combine water and yeast and let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, coconut oil, sugar, salt, and yeast mixture in a bowl. Knead until silky-smooth, about 15 minutes. Place dough in a large, lightly-oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a loaf pan.
  4. Punch down dough and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into a loaf and place into the prepared pan. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
  5. Uncover and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes for an Italian-style loaf or 45 minutes for a sandwich-style bread.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • If using a bread machine, add the dry ingredients, then start the machine on the dough cycle and slowly add coconut oil and the yeast mixture.
  • If you are using a clay baker, soak the baker in water while preheating the oven. Bake the bread for 30 minutes with the cover on, and bake uncovered for 15 additional minutes to get a nice brown crust on top.
  • I also use this recipe for naan (just roll out into 1/4-inch-thick discs and fry on a griddle) or pizza (skip the second rising and just roll it out). I use coconut oil or olive oil around the edge of the pizza dough to give the crust a nice golden brown.
  • Use 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast and a bit more salt if using this recipe at a low altitude.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 230 calories; 7.6 34.6 5.8 0 293 Full nutrition

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first bread recipe I've made at altitude that has actually turned out well!

We live at 6000 feet. Made the recipe as-is and it was ok. The dough was a bit hard to work with. The second time we added a tsp of the sugar to the yeast-water mixture. Much more satiny dough. ...

This was delicious! Super easy and so fun. I substituted canola oil as that was the only oil I had on hand. I will definitely make this again and grab some coconut oil for next time!

Great recipe. I live at 8500 ft. and this turned out wonderful. I did decrease the yeast by 1/2 tsp. and increased flour and liquid by 2 tbs.

Did as written , came out great . Thank you