Basic High-Altitude Bread

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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.


  • 1 cup warm water (100 degrees F/40 degrees C)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Combine water and yeast and let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.

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.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a loaf pan.

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.

Uncover and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes for an Italian-style loaf or 45 minutes for a sandwich-style bread.

Preparation time: 25 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 2 hrs 35 mins
Servings: 8 – Yield: 1 loaf



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