Today we tackle a fan favorite – a homemade version of the Cheesecake Factory’s famous brown bread. This bread, known for its slightly sweet flavor and soft texture, can be recreated in your kitchen with just six simple ingredients.
Replicating a Restaurant Classic
The allure of the Cheesecake Factory’s brown bread lies in its unique taste and texture. This recipe brings you a step closer to enjoying that same delightful experience at home. With a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, and a touch of sweetness, this bread is perfect for a variety of occasions.
The Recipe: Simple Steps to Delicious Bread
Here’s how to make this iconic brown bread:
- Mixing the Ingredients: Combine 1¾ cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons instant yeast, and 3 tablespoons cocoa powder.
- Adding Liquids: Incorporate 1 cup warm water, ¼ cup warm honey (or maple syrup for a vegan alternative), and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Mix until a shaggy dough forms.
- Kneading the Dough: Knead on a flat surface for about 5 minutes until smooth and slightly sticky. If the dough is tough, wet your hands to ease the process.
- First Rise: Cover and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
- Shaping the Loaves: Divide the dough into two, shape each into a baguette, and optionally press oats into the surface for added texture.
- Second Rise: Let the loaves rise for another 30 minutes until doubled in size.
- Baking to Perfection: Score the top, then bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.
Gluten-Free and Vegan Adaptations
- Gluten-Free Version: Substitute both the whole wheat and all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend suitable for bread-making. Ensure it contains a binder like xanthan gum.
- Vegan Adaptation: Replace the honey with maple syrup or agave nectar to maintain the sweetness without using animal products.
Why This Bread Stands Out
- Distinct Flavor: The cocoa powder adds a unique twist, differentiating it from typical bread recipes.
- Versatility: Serve this bread as a side, with soup, or use it for sandwiches.
- Satisfying Texture: The combination of flours results in a bread that’s hearty yet soft.
- Handling Whole Wheat Dough: Whole wheat flour can make the dough tougher, so be patient during kneading.
- Warm Rising Environment: A warm spot is crucial for the best rise, especially with whole wheat flour.
The Joy of Baking Brown Bread
Recreating this Cheesecake Factory staple is not just about following a recipe; it’s about bringing a piece of the restaurant experience into your home. It’s a chance to challenge your baking skills and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
An Invitation to Bake and Share
This brown bread recipe is more than just a baking task; it’s a culinary adventure that brings a taste of the Cheesecake Factory into your kitchen. Whether you’re baking for family or friends, this bread is sure to impress and delight. So, grab your ingredients and let’s start baking! 🍞
Copycat Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread Recipe!
- 1 ¾ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 2 Tsp Instant Yeast
- 1 Cup Warm Water
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- ¼ Cup Warm Honey (or maple syrup)
- Oats for topping
- In a bowl, combine whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, salt, instant yeast, and cocoa powder.
- Add in warm water, warm honey (or maple syrup) and olive oil. Mix until a shaggy dough forms.
- Transfer to a flat surface and knead for about 5 minutes until a smooth, slightly stick dough forms. Wet your hands if your dough is really tough, whole wheat flour can be harder to work with.
- Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a very warm place for 1 hour. Make sure you put it in a warm place (like I put it in my oven on the lowest degree because again the dough is a bit tough, and this will help you get the best rise)
- Divide the dough into 2. Flatten one piece down into a rectangle, roll it long wise and then pinch the ends together to create a baguette shape. Repeat with the other piece of dough. Brush with some water and sprinkle on some oats (optional). Press the oats in so they stick.
- Allow to rise for another 30 minutes (again in the oven if possible) until they’ve about doubled in size.
- Score the top with a knife, then bake at 350 degrees F for 30 min. Allow to cool, slice and enjoy!!