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Outback Steakhouse Honey Wheat Bushman Bread

By Todd Wilbur

Score: 4.43. Votes: 30
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Along with your meal at this huge national steakhouse chain, comes a freshly baked loaf of dark, sweet bread, served on its own cutting board with soft whipped butter. One distinctive feature of the bread is its color. How does the bread get so dark? Even though this recipe includes molasses and cocoa, these ingredients alone will not give the bread its dark chocolate brown color. Commercially produced breads that are this dark—such as pumpernickel or dark bran muffins–often contain caramel color, an ingredient used to darken foods. Since your local supermarket will not likely have this mostly commercial ingredient, we'll create the brown coloring from a mixture of three easy-to-find food colorings—red, yellow and blue. If you decide to leave the color out, just add an additional 1 tablespoon of warm water to the recipe. If you have a bread machine, you can use it for kneading the bread (you'll find the order in which to add the ingredients to your machine in "Tidbits"). Then, to finish the bread, divide and roll the dough in cornmeal, and bake.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 pkg.) yeast
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon yellow food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon blue food coloring
  • Cornmeal for dusting
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    • Restaurant/Brand
      Outback Steakhouse
    • Instructions

      1. Mix sugar with warm water, then dissolve the yeast in the solution. In five minutes the solution will begin to foam as the yeast wakes up.

      2. While the yeast is coming around, mix the flours, cocoa, and salt in a large bowl. Mix the butter into the dry mixture with your hands. Make an impression in the middle of the dry mixture. Add the honey and molasses into the well. Mix the food coloring with the yeast solution, then pour the solution into the well. Stir from the middle bringing the dry mixture into the wet stuff, slowly at first, then quickly as you incorporate all the ingredients. You will eventually have to use your hands to combine everything. Knead the dough for 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface, then roll the dough into a ball and place it into a covered bowl in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until it has doubled in size.

      3. When the dough has doubled, separate it into 6 even portions. Roll each dough portion into logs that are 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. Pour the cornmeal onto your rolling surface. Moisten your hands then rub water onto each dough log and roll it in the cornmeal. Arrange the rolled dough on a baking sheet and cover it with plastic wrap. Set the dough in a warm spot to rise for another hour or so until the loaves have doubled in size. 

      4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover the dough and bake it for 35 to 40 minutes in the hot oven. When the bread is done, take it out of the oven and let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve the bread with a sharp bread knife and butter on the side. If you want whipped butter, like you get at the restaurant, just use an electric mixer on high speed to whip some butter until it's fluffy.

      Makes 6 small loaves.

      : If you'd like to use a bread machine to knead the dough, add the ingredients in the following order: mix the food coloring with the water, then add the colored water to the bread pan followed by the flours, sugar, salt, butter, cocoa, honey, molasses, and yeast. Set the machine to knead and walk away. When the dough's done kneading and rising, go to step #3 of this recipe and take it from there.

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Score: 4.43. Votes: 30
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Jul 15, 2015, 22:00

Our family LOVES this bread! I find it odd that there are such varying ratings on this because if you follow the recipe like Todd has it, it is absolutely delish! One person says it tastes just like OBSH & the next one says it tastes nothing like it. How can they both be right about the same recipe? Unless someone isn't doing something right. We've never changed a thing on it and everyone we've shared it with ask us if we went and bought loaves from the restaurant.

May 24, 2015, 22:00

Excellent, baking in the Ninja with water under the pan the bread is crusty yet has a cake like consistency that ,my freinds and I adore.

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