Steakhouse Rolls–Another Bread Machine Recipe

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Dark bread has always been a mystery to me. Names like pumpernickel and Russian rye don’t help.

The stronger flavors aren’t exactly what this midwest farmer’s daughter grew up eating in her lunch box.  Bologna and pumpernickel?? Blech!

But in this recipe, there are no strange flours. No hard-to-find additives or flavoring.

These oversized rolls are reminiscent of the dark loaves served in many steakhouses–the kind brought out on a wooden board with a serrated knife and garnished with whipped butter. You may find yourself looking for a white tablecloth and candles to complete the mood.

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As with most of my bread recipes, these are baked in a conventional oven.  The bread machine does the mixing, kneading, and proofing.  All you have to do is form the rolls into a pretty shape.

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Steakhouse Rolls--Another Bread Machine Recipe
Recipe type: Bread (bread machine)
Serves: 8 large rolls
  • ⅔ cup lukewarm water
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1⅔ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1⅔ cup unbleached bread flour
  • 1¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa
  • 2¼ t. instant yeast
  1. Add ingredients to bread machine pan in order given. (Did you check to make sure the blade was in place?)
  2. Stand by for the first 10-15 minutes of the cycle and check the dough. If too sticky, add 1 tablespoon flour at a time. Conversely, if too dry (dough slaps loudly against the side of pan) add 1 or more tablespoon(s) of water. (For picture tutorial on using a bread machine, see this post on Monkey Bread.)
  3. Set for dough cycle. When finished and dough has almost doubled in volume, remove from pan to floured board.
  4. Divide dough into 8 pieces and form into oval rolls. Place on cookie sheet, cover loosely with a tea towel and allow to rise until double in a warm place. Use a serrated knife or kitchen shears to make a slash through the middle.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake rolls for approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Their dark color makes these rolls somewhat difficult to assess for doneness. Either look at the bottom for browning or check internal temperature which should be close to 190 degrees F. Serve with butter.

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~Jacqueline~ April 19, 2013 at 7:47 am

Do these rolls taste like chocolate?


Rikki November 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Not at all. They’re similar to the rolls you’d get at Outback Steakhouse.


Clarissa September 21, 2012 at 8:11 am

I love your tips for successful bread making!
I’m dying to try this recipe, but here in Brasil we don’t have “unbleached flour”. I’m in Rio de Janeiro and I can’t find this kind of flour in supermarkets, it’s so disappointing…
Is there any replacement?
Thanks a lot!


Paula September 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm


You can used bleached flour. That is all I used for years. Some recipes may require a tablespoon or more of bleached flour when substituted for the unbleached.


Margaret December 4, 2009 at 11:56 pm

OH!!! These look fantastic.

This is how I do a lot of my breads. Machine work. Oven bake.


Katrina December 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Wow. Those look awesome. I’m surprised by the orange juice! Can’t wait to try these!


Pam December 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm




Judy December 4, 2009 at 8:45 am

Interesting recipe, I guess we could call them cocoa rolls. I’ve gotten rid of my bread machine. Between my Cuisinart and KA HD stand mixer, I found I really don’t need it.


Romaine December 4, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Judy, I love my Cuisinart and KA too. But I can’t set a timer with them. Really handy to throw all ingredients for pizza dough or rolls in bread machine in the morning and walk in the door with dough ready to roll out. Also, the bread machine provides the perfect environment for proofing. Especially handy in the winter. Guess I just find the dough needs less handling than with my other appliances. In fact, I have two bread machines–for use when cooking for a crowd.


Sis December 3, 2009 at 7:54 pm

When you say “instant yeast”, do you mean the dried yeast in the small package that says “instant”. or is does it mean just regular dried yeast in a package?


Romaine December 3, 2009 at 11:01 pm

When I say “instant” I’m referring to the little package called instant or bread machine yeast which often comes in jars. Neither instant or bread machine yeast need to be dissolved in warm liquid first as does regular yeast.


amanda December 3, 2009 at 11:03 am

They turned out beautifully!!


Susie December 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

i’m sure these rolls look beautiful. unfortunately, my work computer is filtering out all pictures on your website. so it’s not as fun to look at. i don’t think there is much you can do to modify this from your end. gotta love corporate computers!


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