This bread comes pretty darn close. It's real good. But me thinks, some more attempts are in order. Eh hem, not because its bad, mind you or less than, but because its good. Practice makes perfect, don't yah know.
Big Restaurant Copy Cat Bread
3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup molasses
1 1/8 cup all purpose flour (or more as needed)
3/8 cup wheat flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 tsp instant coffee
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/8 tsp yeast (1/2 packet)
1/2 tablespoon oil
egg white for brushing loaves
oats for sprinkling
Dissolve the instant coffee in water. Add sugar, stir in and sprinkle yeast over top and let bubble. Add cocoa, molasses, salt, and oil. Add the flours and knead or beat with dough hook in a stand mixer. Continue adding flour by tablespoons and beating until dough pulls away from the bowl.
This is a wet dough so you want it sticky but manageable. You can spray your hands with cooking spray or rub a little oil on your hands to take it out of mixing bowl and into an oiled bowl. Allow dough to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.
Shape into rolls or loaf. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with oats. Allow to rise- about 45 minutes.
Bake at 350°F 20-35 minutes (time varies depending on the size of the roll/loaf). To tell if it's done pick it up and thump the underside it will sound hollow when it's finished. Or stick a meat thermometer in there. You are looking for an internal temp of 190°F.