Outback Steakhouse Copycat Bread Fast2eat

Outback Steakhouse Copycat Bread Fast2eat
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This recipe is nearly an exact copycat of one of my favourite bread. The Outback’s steakhouse brown bread – Dark, delicious, semi-sweet and slightly bitter, with hints of molasses and honey. This bread can also go by the name of Bushman Bread.

For those of you who have been to Outback Steakhouse and tried the bread, you know it’s good. If you have never experienced it, I would highly recommend it. It is so yummy when they bring it out warm with a little container of butter. But since we can’t go out to eat every day, this Copycat recipe is perfect! Make this famous bread at home!

Outback Steakhouse bread has cocoa powder, honey, molasses, and caramel or brown food colouring to give its dark brown colour. However, I prefer to skip artificial food colouring. I make the perfect homemade copycat recipe without any food dye!

This recipe will make two large loaves or six mini loaves.

The wholesome and homemade bread is loaded with fibre thanks to the rye and whole wheat flour. Cornmeal adds the signature touch to the Outback bread! It has a crisp crust and soft crumb.

When wrapped correctly, this bread freezes beautifully.

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Honey Molasses Whole Wheat Rye bread Fast2eat

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Dough at bread maker + waiting time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
You may go to the Outback Steakhouse for the red meat, but the wonderful dark bread, served before the food arrives, is definitely a highlight of the meal. Luckily, you can make it at home. I’m pretty sure you’re going to love my Outback bread copycat recipe!
Servings: 6 loaves


  • 1 1/4 cups Water - 80-90°F/26-32°C
  • 2 tbsp Butter - room temperature or Margarine
  • 1/2 cup Molasses
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 cup Whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup Rye flour
  • 1 3/4 cups Bread flour
  • 1 tbsp Vital wheat gluten - optional but I recommend for a guaranteed fluffy loaf
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Active dry yeast

For dusting loaves and pan

  • cornmeal

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Using the dough setting and hand shaping

  • Place all ingredients (but cornmeal) in a bread machine in the order listed above (or specified for your bread maker).
  • Use the dough setting.
  • Check the dough consistency during the kneading cycle. If needed, add more flour or liquid.
  • Prepare baking sheets. Line with parchment paper or grease bottom and sides well and cover with cornmeal and set aside.
  • When dough setting finishes, remove dough.
  • If the dough is a little soft and sticky, make sure you use a well-floured (with cornmeal) cookie sheet and plenty of flour on your hands without making the dough too hard.
  • Decide whether you’d like to make your Outback bread into small or bigger loaves. The original Outback size it should be about 12x5 cm/4.72x2 inches.
  • Spray gently with water or moisten your hands, lightly pass them over the rolls and pass them in the cornmeal.
  • Place into prepared pans and sprinkle the entire surface of the loaves with cornmeal.
  • Cover with a dry towel and allow to rise again for about an hour. Only let rise until doubled; otherwise, it will be over-proofed.
  • The loaves may not double in size. But don’t worry: inside the oven, they grow beauty!
  • Pre-heat oven to 175ºC/350ºF.
  • Bake for 15-25 minutes (for the small loaves) to 30-40 minutes (for the large loaves) in the loaf pans or until baked through. I use a thermometer to test for doneness. Insert into the centre of the bread. It should register 93ºC/200ºF.
  • Rotate the pans halfway through baking.
  • Remove immediately from pans and let cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing. Leaving them on the pan to cool could result in a soggy bottom crust.



The dough can also be made using a mixer. Just knead the dough with the dough hook for about 8-10 minutes on a low setting. When kneading by hand: about 10-12 minutes.
Before shaping the loaves, let it rise for about an hour or until about doubled in size, in a lightly greased bowl covered.
The bread will keep in the freezer for up to 4 months. Wrap a loaf in plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil. Then place the bread in a freezer-safe plastic bag.
To get that deep, rich brown colour, you need to use some brown food colouring. If food colouring isn’t your thing, then just leave it out! I don’t use it.
There is a bit of baking cocoa in the recipe. It adds colour and a little depth of flavour, although the bread does not taste like chocolate. Look for natural good quality baking cocoa. If you do not want to use cocoa, I would recommend substituting for instant coffee instead.

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Course : Appetizers & Starters, Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine : Australian
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Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.

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There are many recipes for Outback copycats on the internet. The majority don’t call for rye flour, so I’m not sure how authentic this is for an Outback clone, but it’s an excellent rye bread. I loved everything about it. The crumb is moist and soft with a slight chew, and very flavourful. It’s great plain or toasted. The dough came together effortlessly by hand, no bread machine or mixer required. I’ve made many variations of rye bread and the molasses seemed excessive for this dough so I only used 1/4 cup, and am glad I did. The next time I make it I’ll omit the brown sugar and honey because I felt the bread was a bit too sweet. I added 2 tbsp milk powder, orange zest, and fennel, anise and caraway seeds to boost the flavour. I also used brewed coffee for the liquid. I made a single boule, proofed it in a brotform, and baked it in a dutch oven. It was picture-perfect with well defined spirals on the top crust. Black cocoa gave the bread a rich dark colour. It was slow to rise but the wait was well worth it.

I am so glad you liked it. It is my family favourite.
You may also like those similar recipes: Australian Bushman Rolls Fast2eat and Pumpernickel Bread Fast2eat.
I will try your suggestion, thanks for them.

Is the nutritional information using a serving size of all the bread or per outback sized loaf?

Susana Macedo

Hello Gemsi,
The nutritional information is for 1/6 of the complete recipe, i.e. 1 bread if you make 6 loaves of bread with this recipe.
Remember that nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.
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I would really love a recipe that gave me the measurement and Graham so I could measure it with the scale I’m not comfortable using cup- measurements anymore for making bread

Hello Janice,
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Sounds like a winner to me.
Thanks for sharing.

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