When we go out for a steak dinner we love it when they bring the bread basket and the whipped to the table. Especially if there is a loaf of that lightly sweet brown bread in it. As I've grown more confident with my bread baking skills I've enjoyed branching out and trying new ones. This is what I came up with for my steakhouse style brown bread recipe.
Steakhouse Brown Bread
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs baking cocoa
4 tsp yeast
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 Tbs olive oil
1 -1 1/4 cup hot water
Select the dough cycle. Place dry ingredients in pan and select start. Add molasses, egg, water and oil. Once dough forms a smooth ball (you may have to add a little flour or water depending on humidity) close lid and allow cycle to run completely.
Once finished remove dough from machine and knead lightly on a floured surface. Dough should be smooth and not be sticky.
Divide dough into three equal parts. Shape into a round loaf and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
Cut a cross on the top of each dough ball, if desired.
Cover with a tea towel and allow dough to raise until doubled in size in a warm draft free place, approximately one hour.
Bake loaf in a preheated 400° oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and brush top with butter, if desired.
I like to brush with butter or spray with a little non stick cooking spray to keep the loaves soft. If you prefer a crunchy crust just leave them alone. Sliced and served with whipped butter is fantastic but we also think this would be excellent bread to use for tuna or ham sandwiches.