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Make this copycat version of the EPIC Cheesecake Factory brown bread that is loved and devoured by all who dine at this incredible American restaurant. The rich brown color comes from the molasses, honey, whole wheat, espresso, and cocoa powder. These unique ingredients create the tastiest bread that no one can resist!
If you’ve ever tasted this bread, you know what I’m talking about! Cheesecake Factory got it right with this melt-in-your-mouth bread. Fluffy and perfect with softened butter. If you love bread and serving it alongside your meals, try making my Grandma’s bread, these easy 1-hour rolls, or cheesy garlic bread.
Cheesecake Factory isn’t just for cheesecake. Before ordering your food, your server brings you a warm loaf of their signature brown bread to enjoy as you read their endless menu of possibilities. Don’t judge the bread by its color because everyone at your table will devour it…even the kids. It has the fluffiest texture and a slight sweetness in flavor from the brown sugar and honey. Sprinkled with rolled oats on top for some added texture this is a perfect loaf of bread!
Their menu is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. And every table is greeted with this ever so popular brown bread. I’ve even gone there a time or two just for the brown bread! It’s that good! Now you’re in luck because you can make this bread at home! But if you’re looking for more Cheesecake Factory copycat recipes, I have you covered. These avocado eggrolls are always a favorite and this chicken madeira is incredible! And for dessert, make this red velvet cheesecake. They have one similar to mine at the restaurant but I think mine is better!
Basic everyday ingredients are all you need to make this brown bread. And if you keep them on hand you can make it whenever you want! You may be skeptical of a few of the ingredients, but trust me on this, it just works! The unexpected combination of ingredients creates the fluffiest tastiest brown bread you’ve ever tried.
There is nothing like homemade bread and this soft Cheesecake Factory brown bread recipe can be made to enjoy all week long for sandwiches. Once you experience this bread at home, you’ll want to make it all the time! Follow my step-by-step instructions below on the recipe card.
This Cheesecake Factory brown bread dough recipe is so versatile. You can divide the dough and shape it any way you like! Make smaller loaves, round loaves, or even rolls! When making loaves, split this recipe into 2, 3, or 4 loaves, depending on the size of loaf you want. These bread loaf pans are AMAZING! I highly recommend using it for this recipe.
Homemade bread doesn’t have any preservatives in it, so it doesn’t last quite as long as store-bought bread. Here are my tips for keeping your Cheesecake Factory brown bread fresh for as long as possible.
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To the bowl of a stand mixer, add the warm milk, brown sugar, and yeast. Stir to combine and allow the yeast to become frothy for about 5 minutes.
Once the yeast is ready, add the molasses, honey, butter, wheat flour, 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, instant coffee powder, cocoa powder, and salt.
Using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until everything has come together to form the dough, about 2-3 minutes. At this point assess if you want to add additional all purpose flour. If additional flour is added, do so ¼ cup at a time. Mix until combined.
Increase the speed to medium and allow the dough to be worked for 3-4 minutes. This step helps to develop the gluten and strengthens the dough. The dough should still be slightly sticky but easy to handle with lightly oiled hands.
Remove the dough from the stand mixer and place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap then allow the dough to rise for about an hour.
Once the dough has about doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and cut it into thirds. Pound the air out of all the loaves and shape them into loose rounds. Place the loaves into separate lightly oiled bowls and cover them.
Allow your loaves to rest for 30-45 minutes, until they have grown nearly double in size.
Remove your dough balls from their bowls and place them, smooth side down, onto a lightly floured surface. Stretch each dough ball out slightly and roll into 3 baguette shapes, about 8 inches long. Be sure to secure the seam at the bottom of each loaf so they don’t come undone while proofing and baking.
Place the formed loaves onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving at least a 4 inch gap between the loaves. Cover and let the loaves proof until they are double in size. Depending on the temperature of the room they are in this time may vary anywhere from 30 minutes to 1:30. Set a 30 minute timer and check the loaves every 15 minutes after your initial timer.
While the loaves are proofing, preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
Once the loaves are proofed and ready to bake, brush the tops of each loaf with water and sprinkle the rolled oats on top. Bake the loaves for 20-30 minutes. The internal temperature of each loaf should reach 190 degrees fahrenheit.
Once the loves have finished baking, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool at least 20 minutes before cutting into them.
Serving: 1sliceCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 339mgPotassium: 281mgFiber: 3gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 178IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.