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Copycat Outback Steakhouse Brown Bread

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Do you love that Outback Steakhouse Brown Bread? I have the perfect copycat version that tastes just as good as the restaurant version.

I love making copycat versions of my favorite restaurant foods. One of my most popular posts on the blog is my Copycat Cheesecake Factory Honey Wheat Bread, which is a close recipe to this one– but has a couple of slight differences.

Another favorite copycat recipe is my Rafferty's Hot Bacon Dressing. If you crave this delicious salad and dressing, it will not disappoint. It is spot on.

If Olive Garden is your jam, then you need to check out my Olive Garden Salad Dressing as well as the Chicken and Gnocchi Soup. Both are perfect copycat versions of the original and have great flavor.

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Brown Bread

I have just recently started making copycat versions of recipes from the Outback menu. We made their amazing blooming onion recipe not too long ago and it is definitely a favorite.

Now — we are tackling this delicious brown bread.

Here's a great tip when making any bread recipe — make sure to let your yeast bloom first before making your bread. This ensures that every recipe you make, your yeast is perfect and still has a rise factor to it.

Blooming the yeast means that you mix together the warm water, the yeast, and the sugar. The sugar feeds the yeast. Once you mix it together, let it set for about 5 minutes to make sure it is going to grow — which is what us cooks and bakers call “bloom”.

Once the yeast mixture has bloomed, you can proceed with the rest of the ingredients.

The next thing you need to make sure you do is get your bread kneaded enough. If you do not knead your bread very well, it will be tough and then your bread when you bake it will be dense and take longer to cook.

My dough is usually very sticky after I knead it in my Kitchenaid Mixer. The reason for this is because I don't like to add too much flour. I like to add “just enough”, so I finish adding flour during my last knead on my cutting board.

I just usually dust my cutting board with a generous amount of flour and knead until the dough doesn't feel sticky anymore.

Once you do that, it is time to cut the dough. If you want larger loaves, you can make them, but because this is Outback Steakhouse bread we are making, we cut to make smaller loaves.

Cut the dough in half, then cut each half in half, and then cut each of those in half. When you end, you should have 8 pieces of dough.

Then gently roll them into a log about 4-5″ in length. Now, place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to let them rise.

You want to let them double in size, so it may take 45 minutes to an hour to get them to that point.

Once that final rise happens, you can bake them off and either freeze them for later use, or enjoy one with a delicious pat of butter on it.

Yield: 8 loaves

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Brown Bread

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Brown Bread

This is the perfect copycat version of that delicious brown bread you get at Outback Steakhouse.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups water warm
  • 2 Tbsp dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp baking Cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt


    1. In the bowl of a KitchenAid stand mixture, mix together the yeast and 1 Tbsp of sugar in warm water until the mixture blooms, which means it will foam.
    2. Next, whisk in the honey, brown sugar, egg, and molasses.
    3. Next, add in the flours, baking cocoa, and salt. Turn the mixer onto medium speed and knead for 2-3 minutes.
    4. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Cut each part into 4 equal pieces and form 4-6" long narrow rolls.
    5. Transfer each roll onto a well-greased pan. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size. This may take 45 minutes to an hour.
    6. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until rolls are golden brown.
    7. Serve warm with butter or freeze until ready to use.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

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Tuesday 30th of January 2024

Can you use white flour versus wheat flower? Also, how far in advance can this be made?

Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday 31st of January 2024

You can but the bread will not turn out as brown. The wheat flour adds to the color of the bread. You can bake the bread and then freeze it. Thaw it when you're ready for it and then reheat in the oven.


Sunday 19th of November 2023

Big mistake putting 8 loaves on one pan. Ended up with one big glob of dough after proofing. Waste of an hour of my day.


Friday 5th of January 2024

@Jennifer Sikora, the pictures show 8 loaves on one sheet pan and the recipe doesn't say anything otherwise. There are nicer ways to answer those who leave comments.

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 20th of November 2023

Who said to put 8 loaves on one pan? Sorry you had an issue. Bread does rise and spread so keep that in mind the next time you try.

Geri Barringer

Friday 28th of August 2020

Hi Jennifer, I made this bread today. So happy with it. I don't have a bread mixer so I kneaded the dough for 10 minutes. Then followed your recipe. You don't need to change a thing. Thank you, Geri

Jennifer Sikora

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

So glad you liked it!!

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