best whole wheat bread for high altitudes

Kelley Paystrup

By
@Kelleypen

Making bread at high altitude often results in dense heavy loaves that resemble bricks. I did a lot of experimenting to find the right recipe for 4800 feet that would use my stored wheat. I have tested it as high as 5300 feet, and currently am at 4800 feet. This is the result: a good, chewy, nicely shaped loaf.


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Serves:

makes two loaves

Prep:

3 Hr

Cook:

40 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1/2 Tbsp
dry yeast
1/4 c
warm water
2 1/2 c
scalded milk
3 Tbsp
real butter
2 Tbsp
gluten
1 Tbsp
salt
3 Tbsp
sugar
5 1/2 c
freshly ground flour
1 c
white flour, if needed

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Soften yeast in warm water, set aside.

Scald milk. Grind wheat into flour.
2
In stand mixer bowl, combine scalded milk, butter, sugar, and salt. Wait for it to cool. (about 15 minutes) Once cool, add 3 cups of the wh.wheat flour and the gluten, beat well with regular mixer blade.
3
Add softened yeast mixture and remaining wh. wheat flour. Switch to dough hook. Beat until thoroughly mixed. Add a little of the white flour or a little more wh. wheat flour only if needed. Dough should be a soft sticky ball at the bottom of the bowl.
4
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 15 minutes.
5
With dough hook and mixer set on low, knead bread for 2 minutes.
6
Put dough into a buttered bowl. Cover and let rise 40 minutes.
7
With lightly buttered hands, punch down dough and slap out air bubbles. Let rise covered another 30 minutes.
8
With lightly buttered hands, punch down dough and slap out air bubbles. Let rise covered another 20 minutes
9
With lightly buttered hands, punch down dough and slap out air bubbles. Divide into two balls for loaves. cover and let rest 10 minutes.
10
Shape into loaves and place into two well buttered loaf pans. Let rise in a warm place to the top of the pans (not doubled)
11
Bake at 375-400 degree preheated oven for 35-45 minutes
12
Lay bread on side on a rack until it cools enough to pop out of the pans, and finish cooling.
butter tops if desired

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Savory Breads, Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #food, #storage