best whole wheat bread for high altitudes

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Kelley Paystrup

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@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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★★★★★ 1 vote
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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

How to Make best whole wheat bread for high altitudes

Step-by-Step

  • 1Soften yeast in warm water, set aside.

    Scald milk. Grind wheat into flour.
  • 2In 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.
  • 3Add 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.
  • 4Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 15 minutes.
  • 5With dough hook and mixer set on low, knead bread for 2 minutes.
  • 6Put dough into a buttered bowl. Cover and let rise 40 minutes.
  • 7With lightly buttered hands, punch down dough and slap out air bubbles. Let rise covered another 30 minutes.
  • 8With lightly buttered hands, punch down dough and slap out air bubbles. Let rise covered another 20 minutes
  • 9With lightly buttered hands, punch down dough and slap out air bubbles. Divide into two balls for loaves. cover and let rest 10 minutes.
  • 10Shape into loaves and place into two well buttered loaf pans. Let rise in a warm place to the top of the pans (not doubled)
  • 11Bake at 375-400 degree preheated oven for 35-45 minutes
  • 12Lay bread on side on a rack until it cools enough to pop out of the pans, and finish cooling.
    butter tops if desired

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About best whole wheat bread for high altitudes

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