October 10, 2011

Outback Honey Wheat Bushman Bread

I think I've only been to the Outback Steakhouse two times in my life, but I'll never forget their bread! Sure, the steaks are great, but that bread is awesome! I found this recipe that tastes pretty similar-I ran out of food coloring and the little I had used was turning the dough an ugly green color. But, I think it turned out pretty good. It tasted wonderful, especially with whipped honey butter.

1-1/4 cups very warm water
2 teaspoons sugar
2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 cups bread flour
1-3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons light or dark molasses

food coloring, optional:
1-1/4 teaspoons red
1 teaspoon yellow
1 teaspoon blue

cornmeal for dusting

In a 2 cup glass measuring cup, mix sugar into the warm water; stir well. Sprinkle yeast over water; stir to dissolve and let sit 5 minutes until mixture begins to foam. While waiting for the yeast to activate, combine the flours, cocoa, and salt in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl with dough hook attached. Mix butter into the dry ingredients with your hands. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture. Add the honey and molasses into the well. If using food coloring, add to the yeast mixture, then pour into the well. Mix well, until flour is wet and incorporated. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough with your hands for about 10 minutes, or use a stand mixer for 2-4 minutes. Roll the dough into a ball and place it in a covered bowl in a warm place for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until doubled in size. When the dough has doubled, separate it into 6 even portions. Gently roll each piece of dough into six logs that are 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. Sprinkle cornmeal on your rolling surface. Moisten your hands, rub water onto each dough log, then roll in cornmeal. Arrange the logs on a baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot to rise for another hour or so until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Uncover dough and bake for 35-40 mintues. Remove from oven and cool 10 to 15 minutes. Great with whipped honey butter! Makes 6 small loaves.

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