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Steakhouse Style Brown Bread (Vegan)

Admit it, you’ve wanted to eat an entire loaf of this stuff before in one evening…

No? Maybe it’s just me then. Come on, it’s hard to resist when you’re waiting for a meal, it’s taking forever because they’re crowded, and they keep bringing hot loaves to the table. It was just so good!

In my experience hot, fresh bread makes people pretty happy too. I’ve wanted to recreate this kind of bread for a long time. It just as easy as any other bread and surprisingly it gets some of it’s dark color from cocoa powder. I know that sound very interesting and maybe even weird, but you don’t taste it other than the way it deepens the flavor of the bread.

Let me just say that if you’re a fan of steakhouse bread or you’ve never had it (is that possible?) then you need to try it asap! It even surprised me how much everyone loved this. It’s the best when it’s warm…oh, and serve it with honey butter! Yes, that’s the best!

Steakhouse Style Brown Bread (Vegan)

Ever wanted a little more of that wonderful dark bread from the restaurant's basket? No problem, make it at home and have it all to yourself!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup reg whole wheat


  1. Stir yeast and molasses into water in a medium mixing bowl until dissolved and allow mixture to sit for about 5 minutes until bubbly. Mix in salt, oil, cornmeal, and cocoa powder. Add rye flour, then whole wheat flour and stir until combined. Allow dough to rest for about 10 minutes to let the flours absorb some the liquid.
  2. Turn out onto to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, adding more flour if needed so that it does not stick to your fingers. Place dough into a greased bowl and cover with a damp towel then place in a warm spot to rise until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours because of the heavier flour.
  3. Grease a loaf pan and roll dough out into a roughly shaped log. Place dough into pan and allow to rise for about 30 minutes, then preheat oven to 375 degrees F and let the loaf finish rising while oven heats.
  4. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until hollow sounding when knocked. Remove and cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.



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