Archive for the ‘Bread’ Category
I recently went to the Cheesecake Factory with my high school youth group kids and another YG that was in town from Michigan. We took them to downtown Chicago to get a taste of the city and a taste of the yummy cheesecake!! I had the bread that they put out and it was AMAZING!! I knew I had to replicate it!
A couple days (weeks?) later I finally got some ingredients together to try my hand at replicating their bread. I searched the Internet for copy cat recipes and turned up empty handed. There seemed to be a standard pumpernickel recipe that everyone suggested as the replica but I knew it wouldn’t have the sweetness of CF’s bread.
I first tried the original recipe that was going around so I knew exactly where I had to tweak things. I hate caraway seeds so I eliminated those right off the bat. Plus, the CF’s bread was not over the top rye flavored so I knew for certain these would kill the taste I was going for. The initial recipe was OK, but not the match I was looking for. So on to Number 2.
I didn’t have to change a ton of things, just make it way more sweet. So in the honey went and other ingredients were adjusted to accommodate the new liquid and stickiness. I can’t remember what else got tweaked since I’m posted a week after I made it. But at least there is a recipe!! The second round was sooo yummy and almost there. I’m not sure what else to tweak to get it exactly right but I already had 2 loaves of bread and didn’t want to add a third! So I gave it to my taste testers and while both ranked well, the sweet version beat out the more traditional.