I have updated this recipe, please click the new image at the bottom of this post to head to the new recipe page. I didn’t put it at the top because some people scroll right to the bottom and I didn’t want them to miss it. Thanks!
Every year when we go to Florida we devour The Cheesecake Factory Bread – it’s basically the sole reason we go eat there. Before the food even hits the table, Oliver, Anna and I absolutely destroy that sweet brown bread. We can’t get enough of it. The little mini loafs are so soft and squishy, warm out of the oven, and just begging for butter. They’re pure heaven.
Grocery shopping on Friday, with Oliver home from school, I realized that when he’s asking me to buy him “his” bread (a whole wheat loaf with oats on top), that he was trying to get that bread from Florida (it’s taken me two years to figure this out, some days I’m not the quickest, you know). That was all I needed, it was time to figure it out for him.
And holy shit, on the first try, I nailed it – the perfect Cheesecake Factory bread! Usually, this would take me a dozen attempts, but something was on my side during my googling, and for the first time I guesstimated all the right changes from the existing recipes, reviews, and descriptions I found. This is it, every bite brought both of us right back to Florida, and we couldn’t stop eating it. Even Bo, who hears “whole wheat” and automatically shuts down, was caught eating it. I’m telling you, for that alone, I deserve a medal!
The recipe – it sounds crazy when you’re reading through it. Cocoa powder? Coffee? Molasses? Food coloring? Ridiculous right? I mean, you’re trying to make The Cheesecake Factory Bread, not some new latte. But it’s just the littlest touch of them, and that’s what makes it. I know, enough blabbering, you want pictures. You need to see it to know…
After the recipe you can see a picture of them just before their second rise, to get an idea on size and shape. Also, the food coloring (or caramel coloring if you have it) isn’t necessary at all, it’s a purely aesthetic addition to get you that nice brown colour you know and love. The Cheesecake Factory Bread uses McCormick’s Caramel Coloring in their loafs (so google tells me), but without it, the taste is still just as good!
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Love bread? If you’re looking at the Cheesecake Factory bread and thinking “I’ve really got to start making bread more often”, yes, you do. That’s the trap I fell into too! This is the first bread I started making regularly because it’s SO EASY! I keep the recipe taped inside my glasses cupboard because I make it all the time! My crusty, rustic, no knead bread truly has no kneading, no fuss, and it turns out perfect every time!
After years of making this recipe, I’ve decided to update it a bit. Keep reading to find out why I originally fell in love, then head over to the new post here, and enjoy the bread – it’s still our favourite!
Click the image below to get the updated recipe!
Here’s the original Cheesecake Factory Bread recipe:
Cheesecake Factory Bread Rising