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Cheesecake Factory Bread

elpresidente408's picture

Cheesecake Factory Bread

Hey everyone

 The other night we went out to the Cheesecake Factory and they had this great dark bread that they bring to the table. Our waiter says it was Pumpernickel bread, but I'm not really sure it is. I didn't really taste any molassas or rye in their bread so I'm thinking it's something else. Does anyone know what it is?

The funny thing is that when I got my burger, I asked for the whole wheat bun (she called it a whole wheat baugette) and she put the burger on the same bread they serve you when you sit down.

 I'm thinking that this bread is just a whole wheat bread that they make into a really dark brown color. How would you go about darkening a bread like that without using molasses?

Wayne's picture


You can darken your bread using instant coffee granules, powdered caramel (King Arthur) and Cocoa.  A combination of a couple of these will make your bread dark brown to almost black if you desire.


pelosofamily's picture

but does it taste like coffee or cocoa? thanks Albert


Wayne's picture

No, normally the bread does not taste like coffee or cocoa.....but you really do not put that much in for a loaf of bread. 


emmsf's picture

I've also made dark pumpernickel breads colored with burnt caramel - you can make  your own by slowly darkening sugar and water until it is almost black.  But I agree - cocoa or coffee is more typical.

Susan's picture

I Googled your description and came up with this recipe:

1 1/2 cups warm milk
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons molasses
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 cup rye flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Place ingredients into the bread machine in order suggested by the manufacturer.
2 Use the the Light Crust or Whole Wheat settings. Start the machine.


TinGull's picture
SaharaRN's picture

I was doing a search for the same bread recipe, just wanted to confirm with you that it is indeed the Whole Wheat Baguette (not pumpernickel).  I just ate there today in Sacramento, CA, and my daughter fell in love with the dark bread so we asked about it also.  It has a slight sweetness to it , definitely one of the richest /deepest wheat breads I've tried, couldn't quite place the flavor.  I'm going to keep searching, perhaps it is a small amount of molasses.  Didn't taste like a simple darkened wheat bread to me.  Mmmm still have the taste in my taste buds, it's yummy...however the server said that most workers agree that it's not great as a leftover but since they bring it fresh baked that is the only way I've tasted it.   Good luck :)

Uberkermit's picture

Having had it a couple times, my guess is that the magic ingredient is high fructose corn syrup, and lots of it. Most likely vegetable oil and powdered milk as dough conditioners to get the fluffy texture of the crumb. Maybe molasses for the color, but I think the flavor contribution is relatively minor. 

Don't get me wrong, it tastes good, but my suspicion is that the bread part of the bread isn't what's responsible for the taste. 

eframes's picture

I was at the Cheescake Factory today and found out the source of this bread.  It comes in to the Cheesecake Factory in as a frozen baguette state and it comes from Maple Leaf in Chicago.   It can be purchased from this web site:

I see that the original question was written in May 2007 so I may be a bit late...but if not, I'm happy I was able to help.


paperboy98's picture

eframes, I am addicted to this bread, and I can't duplicate the "sourness" with any homemade breads.  I looked at the website you posted.  The photos they show seem to be smaller than the whole loafs at CF.  I wonder if they combine the dough from 2 loaves?  Also, I'm curious as to how you found out this info.  Thanks for any info you can provide.


cranbo's picture

If Maple Leaf is indeed the source, it might be this loaf listed on the Maple Leaf  site under European Styles and Sandwich Rolls - Par Baked:

Product Code: 35071

Sweet Wheat and Oat Demi Baguette

Brown sugar and molasses give this soft-textured demi baguette an irresistible, unique flavor.

If you contact Maple Leaf, they may be able to at least provide you with ingredients list. 

elpresidente408's picture


This is very similar to the brown bread from the cheesecake factory. When I made it, the texture wasn't the same, but the flavor was pretty close.