If you've been to the Cheesecake Factory and wolfed down their signature brown bread, we have great news for you! You can now make this delicious baguette from scratch at home following our easy copycat recipe.
All you have to do is make a brown dough with whole wheat flour, yeast, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and oil; let it prove, and then shape it into mini-baguettes. Finally, sprinkle them with oat flakes and bake them until fragrant. That's it!
The classic Cheesecake Factory bread is essentially a malted loaf, soft like dinner rolls and lightly sweet. It contains malted barley flour, whole wheat and plain flour, plus sugar, oil, and emulsifiers. The combination of molasses, caramel colouring, brown sugar, and malted barley extract gives this bread its distinctive dark brown colour.
We designed this recipe to include as few ingredients as possible, healthy and easy for your to find. As malted barley extract is not very common at the supermarket, we swapped it with cocoa powder which is also cheaper. Just a few spoons are enough to give the bread dough a lovely browned look. Also, we used maple syrup instead of sugar and molasses to add a hint of sweetness to the bread without loading it with refined sugars.
If it's your first time baking bread at home or if you don't know how to shape a baguette, worry not! Our step-by-step recipe with pictures will guide you through the bread-making process, from proving the dough to making the perfect baguette. The Cheesecake Factory products also include rolls and loaves, so you can use this recipe to make any bread shape you fancy.