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!

Want to recreate Restaurant food at home? Try these copycat recipes like Outbacks Broccoli and cheese or TGI Friday’s Sizzling Chicken and Cheese!


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's Cooking
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!


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


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. 


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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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.


  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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    • Kim

    I made this bread ( now known as quarantine bread) and it tasted great but was really wet. I additionally kneaded it on a wheat floured surface just to get it to form into loaves. Did anyone else have this problem?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Kim, flours can vary in volume, especially if using one like bread flour vs all-purpose flour, but if it doesn’t feel right sprinkle some more.

    • Jennifer Ortiz

    If I do not have a stand up mixer, could I do this by hand? Also, I have wheat bread flour and regular all purpose flour, will the two be ok for a substitute? Thank you!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Jennifer, sure can. My cousin who makes bread a lot, shared a tip for bringing out the gluten in regular flour. She mentioned to whack the dough multiple times during kneading and that brings out the gluten of the flour. You can try that if you’re out of bread flour.

    • Chris Miller

    This bread was wonderful. Thank you for posting it. The family really loved it. I made a couple changes. My changes may not be improvements because I have not yet tried the recipe as written.

    I used 1.5 Tbs of yeast instead of 2Tbs

    I added almost another cup of bread flour to make it so the kneading would not stick to the bottom. Was still quite sticky.

    I replaced half of the water with morning coffee

    I made into two long loaves. Next time I will place in bread pans or make rolls baked touching each other like biscuits.

    Wish the recipe was grams.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m glad it still turned out wonderful, Chris! You never know what good will come out of something unless you experiment in the kitchen! Thanks for those ideas!

    • J

    Made this twice so far and it was a hit. Tastes just like Outbacks bread. Please note, I did make it in a bread machine both times. Followed the directions as written the first time, using 2 tablespoons of yeast. The bread rose so high it came up to and stuck to the window in the machine! With my second loaf, I followed the directions as written, but only used 2 teaspoons of yeast (more consistent with other recipes and results I’ve used) and it was just as perfect! Thank you for a delicious recipe. Will definitely make it again.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi J, oh the mess you have to clean when the dough sticks to the window:) Well at least it turned out good! Bread machines do tend to have lengthy cycles, allowing the dough to have plenty of rising time, so I can see how the teaspoons of yeast would work just as good. On the other hand, if making this without a bread machine the tablespoons would speed up the process without the generous rising time, so either would work just depends how quick you want the rolls:) Thanks for sharing the diffrential, perhaps it can help the bread machine users!

    • Anne B

    I don’t have bread flour on hand, but I do have all the other ingredients. Is there something I can do in order to use all purpose flour instead and still get results like yours?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Anne, bread flour is high in gluten and the ingredient to help all-purpose flour with gluten would be vital gluten. It comes powdered like flour and I believe you add a spoon or so to regular flour. Gluten gives bread an incredible stretch that you just can get from regular dough. However, if you wish to naturally bring out the gluten in flour, simply knead and whack the dough during the kneading process this can take 10 minutes + and you can skip the vital gluten if doing so.

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