Outback Steakhouse-Style Dark Bread

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

I know there's a couple version out there . . . but this is as close to the real thing you can get! No food coloring here! I bake exclusively with instant yeast, however I've given directions for both. Original recipe is from Gloria Pitzer (queen of copycat) however I've made some minor changes! Time does not include rising time. NOTE: DO NOT USE BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES! I believe a few of the reviewers have used the wrong molasses!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soften yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.
  2. Stir in sugar. Let stand 6 minutes or till bubbly.
  3. (If using instant yeast just stir the yeast and sugar into the flour).
  4. Meanwhile, in large mixing bowl combine 1 cup (1 1/2 if using instant yeast) warm water with molasses, cocoa, salt, oil, and rye flour. Beat until smooth.
  5. Add yeast water mixture, stirring to combine (if using active dry yeast).
  6. Work in all-purpose flour till dough is smooth and no longer sticky, very pliable and elastic.
  7. Knead a few minutes.
  8. Let rise till doubled in greased bowl.
  9. Punch down.
  10. Shape into 2 large round loaves placed a few inches apart on greased and cornmeal dusted cookie sheet,.
  11. Spray tops of loaves with cooking spray.
  12. Cover with towel and place in warm place till doubled.
  13. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  14. Score tops of loaves and bake for 30 minutes to 200 degrees or until crust makes a hollow sound when tapped.
  15. Cool on rack before slicing.


Most Helpful

My bread was very Heavy and wasn't very dark like the photo. The taste is OK not great. Can anyone tell me what to do different. I did proof the yeast and it was good. So disapointed was looking so forward ago this bread.

walleygirl March 01, 2014

I am an avid bread baker and this was a great discovery. I loved the flavors, and rye flour is one of my favorites as well for whole grain goodness and taste. No problem with the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Celtic cook June 18, 2010

I made into mini loaves to give to visitors at church. Great bread! Lovely color and taste. Thanks! Made for Newest Zaar tag.

Sharon123 December 05, 2009

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