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How to Make The Cheesecake Factory's Famous Brown Bread | Honey-Wheat Brown Bread
Hello Foodies,
         Today, we're making Cheesecake Factory Style Brown Bread/Baguettes, these will make some of the best brown bread of your life. I always have a good time and delicious food here in The Cheesecake Factory. 

The food is always yummy, their complimentary brown bread and butter good as always and we(Dr.K & I) just love love love it. So, yesterday I was craving this Cheesecake Factory’s Brown Bread and here I am with the fail-proof recipe. 
Video Recipe:

Brown Bread turned out the bomb and it tastes damn amazing!! If you’ve ever eaten there, you know; the Cheesecake Factory brown bread is everyone’s favorite. Delivered to the tables warm with little packets of butter. I used this Brown bread loaf to make Pull-Apart Cheesy-Garlic Bread!

So what’s actually in the bread that makes it brown? 
  • The mysterious ingredient is speculated cocoa, which gave it its brown color. Along with cocoa, there are brown sugar, esspreso=so powder, and molasses. So let's get started!

Some more Buns/Bread Recipes to try:

Prep Time: 15 Minutes: Bake Time: 30 Minutes
Proof Time: 60 Minutes
Each Slice of Brown Bread Contains 57 Cal.

Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar(or White Sugar)
  • 2 ¼ Tsp Instant Dry Yeast 
  • 2 Cups Bread Flour(or All Purpose Flour/Maida)
  • 1 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tsp Espresso Powder(or Instant Coffee)
  • 1 Tsp Salt
Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 2 Tbsp Butter softened
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Molasses
  • 1 Tsp  Oil
  • 2-3 Tsp Oats, for dusting the top of the loaves(optional)
  • In a bowl, sift whole wheat flour, bread flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt and keep aside.

To Knead the Dough:
  • In a stand mixer bowl, add the warm water, sugar, and yeast and set aside for 5 minutes to proof.
  • After 5 minutes, add sifted whole wheat flour, bread flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt.
  • Now add butter, honey, and molasses.
  • Using the paddle attachment of the stand mixer, whisk together the flour and yeast mixture. 
  • Knead on low speed until combined and knead on medium speed for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add oil and knead until the dough becomes soft, the dough will be tacky.
  • If it feels too sticky like it would stick to your fingers when trying to shape, add a bit more flour.

To Proof the Dough in the Instant Pot:
  • Spray some oil on the instant pot inner pan.
  • Transfer the dough to the Instant Pot and cover the pot with the glass lid or with any plate that fits the pot(even you can use the instant pot's main lid too). 
  • Proof the dough using the yogurt function of the Instant Pot. 
  • Set the time for 30 minutes. 
  • The dough is ready when it rises to double its volume.
  • You can apply some oil on the surface of the dough to avoid the drying out of the dough.
  • Once the dough doubled in size, punch down and take out the dough and knead for one minute.

To Shape the Dough:
  • Divide the dough into equal-sized pieces, and shape into mini-baguette style logs(For shaping, just take a look at the video).
  • Place the loaves on a parchment paper-lined baking pan, with lots of space between them.
  • Top the loaves with some oats. 
  • Cover them and set in a warm place and let rise for another 30-45 minutes, until doubled in size.

To Bake the Brown Bread Loaves:
  • Preheat Oven at 350 F(180 C).
  • Bake in the preheated oven at 350ºF for 30 to 35 minutes. 
  • Remove the baked loaf from the oven and remove the bread from the baking pan and place it on the cooling rack.
  • Apply butter over the loaf and let it cool completely to room temperature before slicing.
  • Slice the cooled loaf using a serrated bread knife, and it's ready to serve. 
  • Serve with your favorite spread or use to make sandwiches, I love it with butter. Enjoy!!!

How to Store the Brown Bread:
  • Transfer the bread loaf into a plastic bag, and it will be good to eat for up to 3-4 days, though it tastes best when eaten the day baked. 
  • Gently warm in the oven before serving.

Tips to Make Brown Bread:
  • Vegan Brown Bread: To make vegan brown bread substitute butter with vegan butter/oil and honey with agave/maple.
  • Proofing: Allow the dough to Proof well. Temperature affects how long your bread takes to rise. I like to proof the dough in the instant pot because the yogurt function of the instant pot creates the perfect atmosphere for proofing the dough.
  • Flour: Don't overwork the dough and don't use extra flour while kneading the dough: Try not to go crazy kneading bread after the first rise. Knead and shape the dough about a minute; then, it's back in the pan to rest for the 2nd rise.
  • Depending on the weather,  sometimes I find that I need to use more flour, so work accordingly.
  • You will get around 4 brown bread loaves.
  • You can season bread dough with your favorite spices, herbs, and even add cheese too.
  • You can use 100% whole wheat flour instead of using all-purpose flour or bread flour. 
  • Use a good quality yeast; it gives fluffiness and softness to bread.

To Knead the Dough Without a Stand Mixer:
  • Whisk together the bread flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt. 
  • Add the yeast mixture, butter, honey, and molasses to the flour mixture. 
  • Knead for about 10 minutes until combined. 
  • The dough will be tacky, but pieces shouldn't stick to your hands.
  • Continue with the remaining recipe as above.
To Proof the dough without an Instant Pot:
  • Transfer the dough to the pot and cover the pan with the cloth/cling wrap and keep it in a warm place. 
  • Allow the dough to rise for 1 hour or until double its volume. 
  • The dough is ready when it rises to double its volume.
  • You can apply some oil on the surface of the dough to avoid the drying out of the dough.
  • Once the dough doubled in size, punch down and take out the dough and knead for one minute. 
  • Follow the above baking steps.
Dietary Comment:
  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Given Measurements makes 4 brown bread loaves.
  • Per serving(each slice of brown bread)contains 57 calories, along with 12 g carbohydrates, 0.9 g fats, and 1.5 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level.
Good Time To Eat:
           It is good to eat brown bread for breakfast, lunch, evening snack, or dinner.
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1 comment:

  1. Great recipe. What would you recommend as a substitute for molasses? I have jaggery at home. Can I mix it with water and bring to boil to use in this bread?


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