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Steakhouse Honey Wheat Bread - a copycat recipe of the famous dark honey wheat bread served at Outback Steakhouse. Slather on the butter and enjoy! From @NevrEnoughThyme https://www.lanascooking.com/steakhouse-honey-wheat-bread/

Steakhouse Honey Wheat Bread

A copycat recipe for the famous dark bread served at Outback Steakhouse.
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Inactive Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 mini loaves
Calories 373kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups warm water 105-110 degrees
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp bulk yeast)
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 cup Yellow cornmeal for dusting


  • Proof the yeast: measure the warm water into a two-cup or larger measure. Add the sugar and yeast. Stir to dissolve. Within 5 minutes the yeast should have begun to bubble and grow.
  • While the yeast proofs, mix the flours, cocoa, coffee, and salt in a large bowl. Stir together with a whisk.
  • Using your fingers, mix the softened butter into the flour mixture.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and add the honey, molasses, and yeast-water mixture. Stir from the middle, bringing the dry ingredients gradually into the wet. You can start out with a wooden spoon but will need to use your hands to finally bring the dough together.
  • Turn the rough dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes adding small amounts of flour to the kneading surface only if needed.
  • Let the dough rest for a few minutes while you wash and dry the bowl that you used to mix it in. Spray the inside of the bowl with cooking spray. Put the dough into the bowl top side down and then turn it over so that the top is coated with a bit of the cooking spray.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place to rise. The interior of an oven with the light on is usually warm enough. Let the dough rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
  • When the dough has doubled, cut it into 6 portions. Form each portion into either a 6-inch log shape or a round mini-boule.
  • Pour a small amount of cornmeal onto your work surface. Moisten each dough portion very lightly by wetting your hands, removing most of the water and rubbing over the dough. Roll the lightly moistened loaves in cornmeal to coat. Gently pat to remove any excess cornmeal.
  • Place the loaves on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise for another hour or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Uncover the dough and bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Serve with plenty of butter.


If you want your bread to be a darker color like the bread served at the steakhouse, you can optionally add food coloring to achieve that result. You’d need to add 1 1/4 teaspoons of red, 1 teaspoon of yellow, and 1 teaspoon of blue. I’m perfectly happy with the color of the bread without the added coloring.
Because this bread has instant coffee granules in the dough, there may be a faint smell of burnt coffee while it bakes. Don't worry! The bread is not burning. It's just the coffee granules interacting with the hot baking sheet.
Of course, you'll want to serve this bread with your next big steak dinner. But, it's great with absolutely anything. Just be sure to serve plenty of butter along with it.
Wrap any leftovers in plastic wrap or pop them in a ziptop bag and store in the fridge. Homemade bread typically needs to be refrigerated to keep longer because it doesn't contain the preservatives that commercial bread does.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg