Steakhouse Style Brown Bread

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Admit it, you’ve eaten an entire loaf of this stuff before in one evening…

Steakhouse Style Brown Bread. No? Maybe it’s just me then. I think I did that on more than one occasion in my calorie-oblivious youth. Come on, it’s hard to resist when you’re waiting for a meal, it’s taking forever because they’re crowded, and they keep bringing hot loaves to the table. It was just so good! I probably never ate the entire thing but I’m sure I came close.

Steakhouse Style Brown Bread (2) I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because my aunt is in Chile, YAY! I haven’t seen her in a year, she’s never been here, and this is her first time out of the States so I’m making it my top priority to spend as much time as possible with her. Also, my cousin is with her and some of our very close friends have their daughters here visiting too. So, since I’m kind of the food girl, my next few weeks are going to be busy extra. So exciting! I’m planning to make these again (because no one has stopped talking about them), and, and these pita tacos but Mexican style, and like every other greatest hit recipe I can think of.  Plus, I’m going full into October fest recipes and cranking up the notch on things. There’s going to be mucho pumpkin pie spice flinging, caramel drizzling, and apple dipping. Any suggestions for things I should try while they’re all here?

Steakhouse Style Brown Bread (4) I am feeling a bit down on myself and abilities as a blogger today. I got an email from a reader earlier this week telling me that they made an old recipe from my blog and it went way wrong because I had forgotten to list one of the ingredients. I’m still horrified at myself for making the mistake and it’s been haunting me ever since. I obviously fixed it as soon as I could but I feel so bad about it and I sincerely hope that it never happens again. I do my best to get everything perfect the first time on recipes but with all the recipe writing, post writing, social media-ing, answering comments and emails, and that small detail about being a human, I’m bound to make a few mistakes here and there right? I still feel awful though. If said person sees this, please let me tell you again how sorry I am.

Steakhouse Style Brown Bread (5) But other than that it’s a super happy week, and in my experience hot, fresh bread makes people pretty happy too. I’ve wanted to recreate this kind of bread for a long time. It just as easy as any other bread and surprisingly it gets some of it’s dark color from cocoa powder. I know that sound very interesting and maybe even weird, but you don’t taste it other than the way it deepens the flavor of the bread.

Steakhouse Style Brown Bread (9) Right, I said I was going to keep this short so let me just say that if you’re a fan of steakhouse bread or you’ve never had it (is that possible?) then you need to try it asap! It even surprised me how much everyone loved this. It’s the best when it’s warm…oh, and serve it with honey butter! Yes, that’s the best!

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Steakhouse Style Brown Bread

Prep Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 8


  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup reg whole wheat)


  1. Stir yeast and molasses into water in a medium mixing bowl until dissolved and allow mixture to sit for about 5 minutes until bubbly. Mix in salt, oil, cornmeal, and cocoa powder. Add rye flour, then whole wheat flour and stir until combined. Allow dough to rest for about 10 minutes to let the flours absorb some the liquid.
  2. Turn out onto to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, adding more flour if needed so that it does not stick to your fingers. Place dough into a greased bowl and cover with a damp towel then place in a warm spot to rise until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours because of the heavier flour.
  3. Grease a loaf pan and roll dough out into a roughly shaped log. Place dough into pan and allow to rise for about 30 minutes, then preheat oven to 375 degrees F and let the loaf finish rising while oven heats.
  4. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until hollow sounding when knocked. Remove and cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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  1. says

    It looks great. And yes I am one of those who never had a steakhouse bread, so I kind of don’t know what the deal is. But the bread on the pictures sure looks delicious!

  2. says

    This looks great, I love the subtle steam in the top photo! And I so know what you mean about feeling bad for making a mistake when typing up your recipe, I have made mistakes too, it’s so easy! I’m sure the person who made the recipe understands, and know that I do! 🙂

  3. says

    Oh my goodness, I have totally kept sneaking pieces of bread while waiting for my food back when I was younger 🙂 This loaf looks perfect, Tori! Have a great time with your aunt & cousins!

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