Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread Copycat Recipe

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Cheesecake Factory Bread is soft, tasty, and easy to replicate at home! Featuring honey and molasses, plus a crunchy oat topping, make this brown bread recipe for a tasty side to all of your meals. Forget about dinner rolls and make this delicious brown bread instead. 

buttering slice of cheesecake factory bread


 

The Cheesecake Factory™ is well known for their cheesecake, of course, but if you’ve ever dined at the restaurant, you know that their meals are just as delicious. 

And, no dish is complete without a basket of bread on the side!!

The top of the loaves have the perfect caramel color, and the ingredient list is short and sweet to make a loaf or two.

I love that I can make this famous brown bread – at home! And the best part? It really does taste like the real thing!

If you’re craving that Cheesecake Factory signature taste – now, you’re in luck. 

ingredients in bowls for Cheesecake Factory bread

Cheesecake Factory Bread

Slather a slice of this Cheesecake Factory bread with whipped honey butter or homemade strawberry jam. Or, tear off a hunk to dip in a warm bowl of soup.

This Cheesecake factory brown bread recipe makes four loaves as written, but you can easily make a larger or smaller batch since they are baked on a sheet pan.

Whether it’s appetizersmain courses, or dessert you’re craving, I have several more copycat versions of your favorite Cheesecake Factory dishes!

ingredients for brown bread in mixing bowl

Cheesecake Factory Bread Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Use regular molasses. The blackstrap variation tends to be a bit more bitter. If you don’t like the flavor of molasses at all, eliminate it and add more honey.
  • How to fix dough consistency: If it’s sticking to your hands, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time. 

    If it’s too dry, add water in small increments until it becomes tacky.
  • Dough too tough? Remove it from the mixer and continue kneading by hand until it is nice and pliable.
  • Prevent sticking. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat before adding the loaves for the second rise.
  • Make a large batch! Double or triple this Cheesecake Factory brown bread recipe, then freeze the loaves so you have plenty for weeks to come.
dough rising in glass bowl

Substituting All Purpose Flour for Bread Flour

It’s possible to make Cheesecake Factory brown bread with all purpose flour, but the texture may be slightly different.

The loaves will probably be a little bit more dense and not quite as soft. 

Thankfully, bread flour is pretty commonly found in most grocery stores — in with the regular flours.

cheesecake factory brown bread dough cut into quarters

Cheesecake Factory Bread FAQ

Can Cheesecake Factory brown bread be frozen? 

Once baked and completely cooled, wrap each loaf in plastic wrap and store in large Ziploc bags. Enjoy within 3 months for best quality, but it will be safe to eat for much longer.

Place Cheesecake bread on the counter at room temperature to thaw. To warm, microwave the thawed loaf for 30 seconds to a minute.

How do I substitute white granulated sugar for brown sugar?

I suggest using 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar instead of the 3 tablespoons of brown sugar.

Can I let the dough rise overnight? 

Yes, but cover it and place it in the refrigerator — don’t leave it out at room temperature.

When you are ready to use it, let the Cheesecake bread dough sit out at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before forming the loaves.

How do I know if my yeast is still active? 

You need to do a small test of the yeast mixture to be sure. Add some of the active dry yeast into a large bowl or a small bowl, and then add warm water. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel for about 5-10 minutes. 

Once the time has passed, check and see if the mixture has started to bubble. If so, the yeast is good and ready to use with the rest of the key ingredients. It’s important to have active yeast to help the bread raise during baking. A fluffy bread paired with a rich brown color is the signature! 

How do you make Cheesecake Factory bread with a machine? 

While I haven’t tried it myself, I found some direction in the comments of the original recipe.

One contributor said to add the wet ingredients first, then the salt and other dry ingredients, and the yeast last. Use the basic 1 ½ lbs, light setting and sprinkle the oats on top when it starts baking.

The original poster suggested making it like you would a normal white bread but only using the dough cycle.

Then, bake the loaves in the oven as directed. Or, halve this Cheesecake Factory bread recipe to bake it in the machine since it makes a lot.

What is the easiest way to slice bread? 

A sharp knife is key when it comes to cutting slices of your favorite bread recipes.
 
You can cut the brown bread baguette into thin sandwich bread slices, or thicker slices for a fantastical food experience. Since the bread is baked in long logs, the thickness and size of the bread will vary. 

Just be sure to let this easy copycat recipe cool a bit before slicing as well. If you try to cut it while it’s hot, it will tear and possibly crumble. 

What toppings can I eat with this famous brown bread recipe? 

You have so many options! You can top it with melted butter, drizzle with maple syrup, or add homemade jelly. The first time you cut and enjoy, eat how you want. Then, you can change the topping each time. 

How do I store baked bread to keep it fresh?

To keep this bread fresh and delicious, you’ll want to store any leftovers in an airtight container. 

You can also store leftovers in a freezer bag and freeze this tasty, rich bread for later.

loaves of Cheesecake Factory bread on a silpat lined baking sheet

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sliced loaf of Cheesecake Factory brown bread with a bowl of butter

slices of brown bread with creamy butter

Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread Copycat Recipe

Donna Elick
Cheesecake Factory bread is soft, tasty, and easy to replicate at home! Make this brown bread recipe for a tasty side to all of your meals.
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 4 loaves

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast, 2 ¼ teaspoons
  • 2 cups bread flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • rolled oats

Instructions
 

  • In a small mixing bowl, stir together the warm water, brown sugar, and dry yeast. Allow the mixture to proof for about 5-10 minutes, or until frothy on top.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, add bread flour and whole wheat flours, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt.
    Next, add the softened butter, honey, molasses and the yeast mixture. With the paddle attachment, mix until combined.
  • Switch your paddle attachment for the dough hook.
    Knead with the dough hook on medium for about 8 minutes, or until dough pulls away from the bowl.
    *If the dough sticks to your hands, add flour 1 tablespoon at a time and continue to knead an additional minute or 2.
  • Lightly coat a large bowl with vegetable oil. Place the dough in the oiled bowl and flip the dough to coat the other side. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise for 2 hours.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and shape into logs about 6-8 inches long.
    Place cornmeal in a shallow dish and gently place each loaf in to coat the bottom.
    Transfer loaves to a parchment-lined baking sheet (you can also use a silicone baking mat), spacing each a few inches apart from each other.
    Sprinkle the tops of each loaf lightly with water, and then sprinkle with rolled oats. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 30-60 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.
    Once the loaves have risen, bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack before slicing with a bread knife. Add butter to each slice if desired, and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

If your dough is too sticky (sticking to your hands), add flour 1 tablespoon at a time. If your dough is too dry, add water in small increments until you reach the desired consistency.
If your dough is too tough, continue to knead by hand until it is nice and pliable, slightly tacky, but shouldn’t stick to your hands.
Use regular molasses, not the blackstrap variation. This tends to be a bit more bitter than the regular kind. If you really don’t like the molasses taste, you can eliminate it and add more honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 635cal | Carbohydrates: 121g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 637mg | Sugar: 36g | Fiber: 8g | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Originally published March 2022., updated and republished January 2024

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was awesome! I decided to try this recipe for my first try making bread. It was so easy to follow and they came out amazing, everybody loved it!

  2. Donna and Chad’s Cheesecake Factory bread recipe is a true gem! It’s unbelievably delicious and super easy to make.

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