Outback Steakhouse Bread

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If you love Outback Steakhouse bread, you are going to love this copycat recipe. It’s sweet, warm, and fluffy on the inside — just like from the restaurant!

outback steakhouse bread sliced with butter

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Bread Recipe

Whenever I take the family to Outback Steakhouse, we tend to fill up on that delicious brown bread they give you while you wait for your meal. For as long as I can remember, my kids have loved it. I’m sure they could go through a loaf by themselves! So, when I tried to make it at home, you can probably guess how excited they were.

This is by far the best copycat Outback bread recipe. The molasses and honey perfectly capture the rich sweetness without making the bread feel dense. It’s soft and fluffy on the inside with the perfect brown crust on the outside. The best part is that this recipe is easy to double or even triple depending on how much bread you want!

Our Alice Springs Chicken is another Outback Steakhouse copycat recipe that is perfect to serve with this delicious bread!

outback steakhouse bread sliced and stacked

Why You’ll Love This Outback Steakhouse Bread

  • Easy to Make. Making homemade bread is easier than you think and this recipe is even great for novices.
  • Great flavor. The flavor is unmatched! It tastes just like the brown bread from Outback.
  • Freezes well. If you would like to make this recipe ahead of time, it freezes so well. It doesn’t ruin the flavor and texture of the bread.
ingredients needed to make outback steakhouse bread

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients needed to make this copycat Outback bread recipe. The exact measurements are on the recipe card below.

  • Warm water: This is crucial for activating the yeast so your bread will rise.
  • Vegetable oil
  • Honey: Any honey variety will work wonderfully!
  • Molasses: I use dark, unsulphured molasses. I do not recommend blackstrap molasses for this recipe as it’s not the best for baking.
  • Flour: You will need whole wheat flour and bread flour for this recipe.
  • Cocoa powder: This is the secret ingredient that gives the bread its signature color.
  • Salt
  • Active dry yeast: If you are making any sort of bread or dough recipe, you typically need yeast for it to rise.
  • Cornmeal: I like to use cornmeal to prevent the bread from sticking when it bakes.

How to Make Outback Steakhouse Bread

If you have never made homemade bread, don’t worry! These easy directions will give you delicious bread. For detailed steps, see the recipe card below.

  • Combine wet ingredients. In a large stand mixer bowl, combine warm water, oil, honey, and molasses with a dough hook until well mixed.
  • Add whole wheat flour, cocoa, and salt. Add these ingredients and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Rest. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and rest for 10 minutes
  • Add yeast and bread flour. Gradually add active yeast and 1 cup of bread flour at a time. Mix until the dough becomes an elastic ball and doesn’t cling to the bowl.
  • Prepare baking sheets. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and dust with cornmeal.
  • Portion and shape loaves. Transfer the dough to a floured surface, divide it into 4 equal portions and shape them into loaves.
  • Cover and rise. Place the loaves on the baking sheets and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow them to rise for 45-60 minutes.
  • Prep the oven. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add additional cornmeal. Dust the tops of the bread loaves with more cornmeal.
  • Bake. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until an internal temperature of 190 degrees F.
  • Cool. Remove from the oven and transfer the bread to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Serve. Slice and enjoy with butter!

What to Serve with Outback Steakhouse Bread

Here are some tasty ideas for what to enjoy with this bread recipe.

outback steakhouse bread on wooden board with butter

Tips for Success

  • Warm water. Ensure that the water used in the bread dough is about 110 degrees F to properly activate the yeast.
  • Don’t skip resting. The rest time allows all of the liquids to absorb so you are not left with a wet dough.
  • Let it rise. The amount of time it takes for the bread to rise will vary based on the environment. Make sure that it doubles in size before baking.
  • Use a thermometer. If you are unsure if the Outback bread is thoroughly baked, use a food thermometer.
  • Add oats. For authenticity, top the bread with rolled oats before baking.
outback steakhouse bread recipe sliced with butter

Storage Directions

  • Store. Place leftover Outback Steakhouse bread into an airtight container or resealable bag. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. It can be placed in the refrigerator as well.
  • Freeze. This bread can be frozen as whole loaves or slices. Place in a freezer-safe bag and store for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying.
outback steakhouse bread on wooden board

More Copycat Recipes to Try

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Outback Steakhouse Bread

If you love Outback Steakhouse bread, you are going to love this copycat recipe. It’s sweet, warm, and fluffy on the inside — just like from the restaurant!
Servings: 4 loaves
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours 25 minutes



  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix together the warm water, vegetable oil, honey, and molasses until well combined.
  • Add the whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, and salt to the bowl. Mix on slow speed until just combined. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for 10 minutes to allow the flour to absorb the liquids.
  • Set your stand mixer to slow speed and gradually add the active dry yeast and 1 cup of bread flour at a time. Mix until the dough no longer clings to the side of the bowl and forms a smooth and elastic ball.
  • Prepare 2 baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper and dusting them with cornmeal.
  • Transfer the dough to a clean and lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into four equal portions and shape each portion into a separate loaf.
  • Place the shaped loaves onto the prepared baking sheets. Cover the loaves with a clean kitchen towel and allow them to rise for 45-60 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Dust the tops of the risen dough with some additional cornmeal for added texture.
  • Bake the loaves in the preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 190°F (88°C).
  • Once baked, remove the bread from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack. Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing and serving.
  • Slice the Outback Steakhouse Bread and serve it with butter. Enjoy this homemade bread with its rich flavor and hearty texture!

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Calories: 932kcal | Carbohydrates: 178g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 704mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 6mg


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