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Cheesecake Factory’s Brown Bread

Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread is a tasty bread that goes well with any main dish. Spread a little honey butter over a slice and it just might become a family favorite side.
Course Appetizer, brunch, lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword brown bread, cheesecake factory brown bread
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 350kcal



  • Quick oats for sprinkling on top of bread optional
  • Cornmeal for bottom of the bread optional
  • honey butter for serving honey butter


  • Get out and measure your ingredients.
  • In a small bowl mix together warm water, yeast, and granulated sugar.
  • Let sit for 10-15 minutes to activate the yeast. Once the mixture is bubbly or foam looking the yeast is working.
  • In a large bowl add bread flour, whole wheat flour, dark brown sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and salt.
  • Whisk until blended.
  • Pour flour mixture into bowl with stand mixer or get out your handheld mixer.
  • Add yeast mixture, honey, butter, molasses, and vanilla extract to flour mixture.
  • In a stand mixture, mix, dough with a dough hook for 5 minutes. Dough should not be sticking to the sides of the bowl. If it, is you can add a tablespoon more of bread flour at a time until it is no longer sticking.
  • Cover bowl with a clean towel and let dough rise for 1-2 hours or
  • until dough has doubled in size.
  • Once dough has doubled in size place dough on counter.
  • Divide into 4 or 6 equal pieces. Depending on how many buns you want to make.
  • Roll out each piece.
  • Into 7”-9" logs.
  • * Sprinkle cornmeal on bottom side of bread loaf* (optional)
  • Sprinkle oats over the top of each loaf.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let loaves rise for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place bread loaves in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow bread to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve warm bread with honey butter. We usually add nuts but for an authentic honey butter recipe simply omit the walnuts or pecans.
  • Enjoy every bite.


  • You can store bread loaves in an airtight container for up to three days.
  • Can I substitute bread flour with all-purpose flour? Yes, you can if you are in a pinch. You might have to add a little more flour to your dough though.
  • Serve with honey butter for authentic experience with no nuts


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 401mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg