Outback Steakhouse bread is the signature bread served at the Outback Restaurant! Served on a cutting board with whipped butter these dark molasses rolls will compliment your steak dinner! This recipe makes 12 rolls just like the restaurant!

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Outback Steakhouse Bread

If you’re not familiar with Outbacks menu, it’s a steakhouse chain Restaurant with many Dinner entrees to choose from including their delicious Alice Springs chicken! Although, they’re mostly known for the meaty steak menu, the complimentary rolls may take the spotlight of your dinner!

Eating dinner out at the Outback Steakhouse one evening, resulted in asking for the name of this bread to a server, who simply answered “Honey wheat bread.” This bread may go by the name of molasses bread or honey wheat bread and looks dark and rich! Furthermore, you only need simple pantry ingredients to get that dark rich brown shade. Molasses and honey both work as sweeteners in the dough and the dark cocoa will intensify the dark color. These steak rolls make the perfect copycat recipe and make a dozen homemade rolls without any food dye!

How to make Outback Steakhouse Bread:

Outback Steakhouse Bread

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
Outback Steakhouse bread is the signature bread served at the Outback Restaurant! Served on a cutting board with whipped butter these dark molasses rolls will compliment your steak dinner! This recipe makes 12 rolls just like the restaurant!

Ingredients

Outback Steakhouse Bread:

  • 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 bread flour
  • 2 Tbsp Hershey's Dark Cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Cornmeal for dredging

Instructions

How to make Outback Steakhouse Bread:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixture, dissolve the yeast and 1 Tbsp of sugar in warm water until mixture gets foamy.
  • Whisk in the honey, brown sugar, egg and molasses.
  • Sift in the remaining dry ingredients and knead 10 min over low speed. 
  • Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Cut each part into 6 equal pieces and form 6-7" long narrow rolls. 
  • Dredge each roll into some cornmeal and then transfer each roll onto a well-greased pan. Allow dough to proof until doubled in size (approx. 45 min-1 hr in a warm place.) 
  • Bake in a pre-heated 380°F oven for 15 minutes. 

Notes

Bread Flour: is a high-gluten flour that gives bread elasticity. It's enriched flour used in a lot of commercial baking. To substitute bread flour simply whack the dough during the kneading process to naturally bring out the gluten or add a teaspoon of vital gluten to the flour. You know you brought out the gluten if you dough is soft and easy to slice, holding its shape. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1rollCalories: 292kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 8gFat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 205mgPotassium: 160mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 20IUCalcium: 24mgIron: 1.8mg

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Q&A

What is Outback Steakhouse bread like?

Outback steakhouse bread is a dark brown roll typically served with whipped butter. It’s shape resembles a small grinder roll and these dark rolls are semi-sweet and slightly bitter.

What kind of bread does Outback serve?

The bread served at outback is called, “Honey Wheat Bread.” As of a result, the server himself told me it was called “Honey Wheat Bread.”This bread may go by the name of molasses bread or honey wheat bread and looks dark and rich!

What is Outback Bread Called?

The commonly referred titles to this bread can go by names like, Molasses bread or Honey Wheat Bushman Bread. However, an employee from Outback, said himself that the bread is called “Honey Wheat Bread.”

What is Bread Flour?

Bread flour is a high gluten flour. The term is hidden behind the words of “enriched flour” on most food labels. High gluten flour gives stretch and elasticity to bread makers like no other, which makes dough easier to handle for commercial uses. It also enhances the dough and texture in breads.

Can I substitute all-purpose flour for Bread flour?

Yes! There is two ways to enhance all-purpose flour and make it effective like bread flour. Either whack and knead your dough when kneading to naturally bring out the gluten or add a teaspoon of vital gluten to all-purpose flour.

What’s the difference between all-purpose flour and bread flour?

Bread flour has a high gluten content, whereas all-purpose flour is low in gluten. High gluten flours can go by different names, such as All trumps flour, patent flour or enriched flour and it gives elasticity to dough, making it easier to handle for commercial bakers. Low gluten flour such as pastry flour or all-purpose flour is generally good for anything non-bread like. For instance, cookies, cakes, pastries, etc.

Why is Outback Bread Brown?

The Molasses and dark cocoa are the main darkening agents in this bread recipe. I have read that some commercial bread makers, use caramel food coloring or other food dyes, when making bread to give it a nice color. However, if I’m making homemade breads I prefer to skip all dyes and use natural alternatives, such as cocoa powder.

How to reheat outback bread?

It is safe to microwave a loaf for 30 seconds until it softens. Another way to reheat bread it placing it in the toaster oven for 7-8 minutes or until it heats through.

What is the Outback Bread Made of?

Although Outback Steakhouse doesn’t provide a detailed ingredient list for their Honey Wheat bread, I was able to download the Nutrition Information directly from there website.

Can I substitute molasses?

I usually use molasses when making this bread. It’s a dark brown syrup made from processing sugar. However if you wish to substitute, you might want to consider using something in the same consistency group such as, maple syrup, honey or dark corn syrup.

Can you freeze this Outback copycat bread?

Yes, bread freezes well! Just under-bake the rolls by 3 minutes and cool completely before freezing into air-tight bags. Reheat thawed bread in the oven until warm.

What pairs well with Outback bread?

Since Outback Steakhouse rolls are somewhat bitter and semi-sweet, something like a peppery steak will pair nicely. However, try avoiding super sweet entrees and stick to meaty or vegetable-like dinner options that won’t be overwhelmingly sweet when paired.

Tips

  1. Serve with whipped butter.
  2. Best served with a steak dinner!
  3. An all-purpose flour can be used for bread flour.
  4. Cornmeal adds the signature touch to the Outback bread!

 

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109 comments

    • Claudia

    Turned out great! But I only used 1 1/2 T of yeast. 2 tablespoons seems too much. Is there a reason why so much?

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Hi Claudia, a lot of our fluffy bread recipes call for a good amount of yeast.

    • Caitlyn Banning

    Love this recipe and have made it several times. This last time I decided to divide it in two and made loaves out of it. I did a more traditional 2 rises and cooked them for about 22 minutes (testing internal temp with thermometer) and it worked great!

    • Marge

    Could I make regular loaves of bread, would it make only one? Thank you, can’t wait to make this!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Hi Marge, I haven’t tried to make loaves, but from the amount of flour I’d say it might make a big 1.5 pound loaf.

    • Jane

    After baked, can I freeze the mini loaves?

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Absolutely!

    • Jenny counts

    Do I have to do the cornmeal?

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Not really, it just gives the rolls a speckled crust and makes it easier to handle the dough.

    • Maria

    I made these and turned out great!! I want to try and make smaller dinner rolls. Is there a difference in the baking time? Any tips?

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Yes, dinner rolls will take about 10-15 minutes to bake.

    • Lorna

    Oh so delicious! Thank you for sharing this! I chose your recipe because it was the only Outback bread recipe I could find that didn’t use coffee or espresso powder. I placed all the ingredients in my bread machine, used the dough cycle, shaped the dough and baked in my oven. The little mini-loaves turned out perfect. I did make one change. After reading the comment from J, about the dough rising too much in a bread maker, I only used 2 teaspoons of yeast. The dough had a perfect rise, right to the top of the bucket. This recipe is a true keeper!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Thanks for sharing, Lorna!

    • Linda

    Question
    What can I use in place of the corn meal?
    Thank you 😊

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Perhaps grits would work for dusting here.

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