November 23, 2009

Our Traditional Thanksgiving Bread

Our younger daughter LOVES the bread at Outback Steakhouse. I found this copycat recipe years ago and have been making it ever since. There are several versions on the web. This one doesn't have any food coloring, cocoa or coffee used to replicate the deep brown color of the restaurant bread - which is why I like it!

"Outback" Bread
yields 2 large or 4 small loaves

3 pkgs yeast
1T sugar
1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees - I just use hot water from the tap. It should feel just on the edge of "ouch")
1/2 cup molasses
1T kosher salt (or use regular)
2 T canola or light olive oil
2 cups rye flour
~ 3 1/2 c all-purpose flour

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit until bubbly.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid Stand mixer) combine 1 cup warm water with the molasses, salt, oil and rye flour and yeast mixture. Beat to a smooth batter. Then add 2-1/2 cups of the all purpose flour. At this point, switch to the dough hook if using a stand mixer. Continue to add all purpose flour until a ball forms and cleans the side of the bowl. It should be very pliable and moise, but not wet. Form into a ball and put in a greased large bowl to rise for ~1 hour until doubled.

Gently punch down dough and form into 2 large or 4 small loaves. Place on a baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. Let rise to double again, a little less than an hour. Preheat oven to 375.

Bake for 30 minutes. Start checking small loaves at 25 minutes. Upon removing from oven, brush with melted butter. Let cool on racks. Freezes very well.

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Donnita said...

Judy it looks beautiful!!! I may have to make that myself! I have never baked anything with rye flour! But I love molasses. This is going on my list of "to do's"

Michelle said...

Oh My...your bread is so pretty! Love the single slash in the middle!!!

Thanks so much for the recipe!

Michelle said...

I made the Outback Bread yesterday and it was outstanding! In fact I've made 1 loaf and 12 rolls and all are gone except 2 rolls. So good and I will be making this again!

Debbie said...

Thanks so much. I am anxious to try this;). Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

It looks wonderful

JoAnn said...

I tried your recipe and it came out totally different from your picture. My bread was very dark brown (chocolate colored) and had a strong molasses flavor. Is there a different light molasses that I don't know about?