Looking for a new bread machine recipe to try in your bread maker? This delicious Steakhouse Brown Bread, from The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook, will remind you of your favorite treat from the bread basket at your local steak restaurant. Serve with whipped honey butter!
As much as we love warm white bread from the bread machine, sometimes it is fun to mix things up with something a little darker.
Not everyone loves whole wheat or rye breads, so if you want to branch out with a new flavor, this steakhouse brown bread is the perfect fix!
Sweetened with a touch of honey and molasses with a hint of cocoa powder for a richer color, this bread has the perfect soft chew.
But, I promise it is savory enough to be enjoyed with your favorite dinner recipe!
This is one of my husband's favorite recipes from The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook and we're so excited to share it with you.
P.S. If you make the 2-pound size, be sure to save some to make these amazing homemade croutons with the leftovers!
This simple bread machine recipe has just a few easy ingredients:
- Bread flour
- Whole wheat flour: Be sure to check out our favorite whole wheat rolls to take advantage of this ingredient in your kitchen.
- Canola oil
- Unsweetened Cocoa: just for color, I promise it isn't a chocolatey tasting bread
- Yeast: Instant or Bread Machine Yeast
See recipe card for quantities.
The steakhouse brown bread starts just like all other bread machine recipes:
First, decide which size bread loaf you want to make based on the size of your bread machine. I've included both a 1 ½-pound and a 2-pound version of this recipe.
Follow the ingredient quantities in the recipe card according to the loaf size you chose.
Then, add the liquid ingredients to your bread pan fitted with the paddle attachment.
Pour in the water, molasses, honey, and cooking oil.
HINT: If you measure the oil first, then measure the molasses and honey, the oil will help them slide right out of the spoon.
Next, add the dry ingredients to your bread pan:
Add the bread flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, salt, and yeast right on top of the wet ingredients.
It is a best practice to sprinkle the salt around the perimeter of the bread pan so you can keep it away from the yeast until just the right time.
Use a spoon to make a well in the center of the flour, place the yeast in the well.
Place the bread pan back inside the bread machine and then:
- Select the WHITE or BASIC program (depending on your machine's settings.)
- Select the coordinating loaf size (1 ½-pound or 2-pound)
- Press START
Note: Some machines also have a Crust Color setting, I usually use Light or Medium. You'll want to select this before hitting START.
The machine will knead together the ingredients to form a firm ball of dough.
Let the machine progress through:
- the kneading phase
- the first rise
- the brief second kneading
At this point, if you want you could remove the paddle from the bread pan so it doesn't bake into your loaf.
Simply nudge the dough ball back into place. It will be a fairly sticky dough so don't attempt to take it fully out of the bread pan to get the paddle.
Most of the bread makers we tested will take about 3 ½ hours or so from start to finish to bake the bread.
This is a bread machine recipe and will require a bread maker to make it. If you don't have one, read our thoughts on whether a bread maker is worth it here.
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This bread is best served the day it has been baked, warm out of the bread machine.
However, it will keep for 3 - 4 days in a bread box or plastic bag at room temperature.
You can also freeze the bread, just be sure to cool it completely before freezing and thaw it with the bag open to let moisture escape and prevent soggy bread.
This bread machine recipe is perfect served warm with whipped honey butter just like you find in a steakhouse.
You don't need a fancy steak dinner to have an excuse to bake it, though. We love to serve it with our favorite soups as a simple side dish in a bread basket.
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Steakhouse Brown Bread
For a 1 ½-pound Loaf
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 ½ tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 cups (274 g) bread flour
- 1 cup (137 g) whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
For a 2-pound Loaf
- 1 ¼ cups water
- ¼ cup molasses
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 ⅔ cups (365 g) bread flour
- 1 ⅓ cups (183 g) whole wheat flour
- 1 ¼ teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
- Add the ingredients to your bread machine's baking pan in the order listed, from water to yeast.
- Choose the BASIC/WHITE program setting based on your machine's options. Select the coordinating setting for your loaf size on your machine and press Start.
- When the loaf is done, remove it from the bread pan and transfer it to a wire rack to cool before slicing.
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I made this bread yesterday, just as written. It came out perfectly! My husband said this bread is his favorite so far! Thank you for such a great recipe.
I made the 2 lb. loaf today. I didn't have whole wheat flour so I used rye and I also chose sandwich mode and medium crust. It turned out great. We had it with bison burgers as our burger buns tonight hot & fresh out of the machine. Yummy!! Thank you for this recipe.
Can you us extra virgin olive oil instead of canola oil?
Yes, you could. It will slightly alter the flavor a bit, but olive oil is delicious.
So, if I use dough mode, what temperature and how long in the oven?
I just tried it. Turned out great! 375° for 30 minutes.
Yay! So glad to hear it worked well for you, Cathy. Thank you for sharing this tip for others.
I just bought your book after seeing so many glowing reviews on the Zojirushi Bread Machine Facebook group. I made a 2# loaf for my guests, who are fans of the steakhouse bread, and it was declared WAY better. It makes a beautiful delicious loaf. The only change I made was to use black cocoa for a little darker color.
Susan in Las Vegas
In the instructions (below the actual recipe) you say:
"Select the coordinating setting for your LIFE size on your machine and press Start." (Caps added)
Did you possibly mean "LOAF" size?