Vegetarian food blog featuring nourishing home cooked recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Triple Chocolate Bread – Spicy Twisty Delicious

Triple Chocolate Bread

Bread & Buns | 10th September 2016 | By

The Great British Bake Off week three was all about bread. The first challenge was to make some sort of chocolate bread for the signature bake. Well, how could I resist? It didn’t take me long to dream up this fragrant spiced triple chocolate bread loaf flavoured with vanilla, cardamom and chilli. It proved (pun intended) to be perfect for both #GBBO and #OrganicSeptember.

This is not the first time I’ve made chocolate bread, don’t be silly! Back in 2010 I made this chocolate, chilli & lime bread. It was scrumptious and I’m feeling rather surprised I’ve not made it again. Other recipes include a no knead spelt cocoa bread, spelt cocoa pitta breads and any number of yeasted buns including these cornish saffron buns. However, none of them have been quite as adventurous as this spiced triple chocolate bread loaf.

Triple Chocolate Bread Collage

My concept was to have three different doughs plaited together to form a whole: dark chocolate & chilli, milk chocolate & cardamom and white chocolate and vanilla. I wanted the spiced triple chocolate bread to have detectable flavours, but they needed to be well balanced and not overwhelming. Success! The loaf is delicious just spread with butter and it makes perfect toast. And who needs air fresheners when you can scent the whole house with the fragrance of a spicy bake?

Tripple Chocolate Bread

I always use organic flours when baking and like to include at least half wholemeal flour for the additional minerals and roughage it brings. Fast action or instant yeast is a no no as it contains all sorts of additives that I’d rather not have in my bread. I use fresh yeast when I can get it or plain dried yeast instead. This does mean having to mix the yeasts with the liquids first to dissolve them, but that really doesn’t add a great deal of time to proceedings. As it’s #OrganicSeptember, I also used organic chocolate in this triple chocolate bread; most of my spices are organic anyway.

Spiced Three Chocolate Twist Loaf
Yields 1
An enriched bread dough flavoured with three different chocolates and three spices, then plaited and shaped to form a round loaf.
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tsp dried yeast
  2. 125ml milk (a little more if needed)
  3. 250g strong wholemeal (I used organic stoneground)
  4. 250g plain white (I used organic)
  5. ½ tsp sea salt (I used Cornish sea salt)
  6. 50g golden caster sugar
  7. 3 extra large eggs (or 4 medium ones) - I used 3 duck eggs
  8. 25g white vanilla chocolate - finely grated
  9. 25g milk chocolate - finely grated
  10. 25g dark chocolate - finely grated
  11. 3 cardamom pods - seeds finely ground
  12. ½ tsp chilli flakes
Optional glaze
  1. 1 tsp sugar
  2. dash of milk
Instructions
  1. Warm the milk to tepid , then add the yeast and stir until dissolved.
  2. Mix all ingredients, except the spices and chocolate together and knead either by hand or with a machine for 10 minutes.
  3. Leave to prove until doubled in size.
  4. Divide the dough into three. Knead the white chocolate into one piece until thoroughly combined, knead the milk chocolate and ground cardamom into another piece and the dark chocolate and chilli into the third piece.
  5. Roll each piece into long strips, plait them and coil or form into a circle. I placed mine in a bundt mould, but the dough can be left free standing on a lined baking sheet.
  6. Cover and leave to rise until doubled in size.
  7. Bake at 200℃ for about 45 minutes or until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped and the top is nicely browned without being burnt. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  8. If using the glaze, heat the milk and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Brush over the hot loaf.
Notes
  1. Preparation time does not include proving times.
  2. Place a small tray of water in the oven along with the bread to create some steam, which will help the bread rise.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
GBBO LogoOnce again, I’m joining in with this week’s Great Bloggers Bake Off 2016, #GBBOBloggers2016 hosted by Mummy Mishaps

 

Organic September 16This triple chocolate bread is one of several recipes I hope to post as part of #OrganicSeptember, which is all about making small changes this year.

 

 

Other #OrganicSeptember recipes from fellow food bloggers you might like

Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    Jacqueline Meldrum
    10th September 2016

    I saw this on facebook and was drooling over it. You managed it better than most of the contestants on GBBO. Nice loaf!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      12th September 2016

      Ah thanks Jac, I’m not sure the judges would be so generous. I was quite pleased with the end result, but I did have a lot more time than the GBBO contestants.

  2. Leave a Reply

    Lucy Parissi
    10th September 2016

    Chocolate bread is not an easy beast but you have done an amazing job! Would have loved to taste this – though the chocolate chilli lime one sounds amazing too.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      12th September 2016

      Thanks Lucy. The hardest part was kneading the chocolates into the dough. I would have liked a more polished look, but I’m very happy with the flavours and texture. Must make that chilli lime bread again!

  3. Leave a Reply

    Gina
    10th September 2016

    This looks so good… I just wish I like chocolate in bread!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      12th September 2016

      Hahaha Gina. You’re missing a trick. The bread has a nice combination of flavours and isn’t too chocolatey nor too sweet.

  4. Leave a Reply

    Janice Pattie
    10th September 2016

    Your bread sounds absolutely delectable and definitely worthy of star baker – a perfect signature bake for a chocolate lover.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      12th September 2016

      Ah thanks Janice. I’m really enjoying getting a different flavour combination in every mouthful. It’s a bit of a faff to make, but definitely worth it for special occasions.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      12th September 2016

      Thanks very much Cathy. I just couldn’t help but take part in this one.

  5. Leave a Reply

    Jenny Paulin
    10th September 2016

    what a lovely looking loaf – i love the three flavoured doughs intertwined with each other to make such a neat (and tasty!) loaf, which looks so inviting when sliced. I would love to try a slice with some of that butter spread on it
    Thank you for linking up x

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      12th September 2016

      Thanks Jenny. I’ve just had a couple of slices toasted for a late breakfast and I really like getting a different flavour combination in every mouthful.

  6. Leave a Reply

    Mandy
    11th September 2016

    This looks gorgeous, I think you’d have won the challenge if you’d made this on the show!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      12th September 2016

      Hahaha, thank you Mandy. I don’t think my bread would be polished enough for the GBBO judges, but it sure tastes good.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      12th September 2016

      Ah thanks Kate. I’m actually eating some now, toasted, as a late breakfast. It really is very good 🙂

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      12th September 2016

      Thanks Nayna, it’s a really nice bread. Not too sweet and it makes perfect toast. And you’ve just reminded me to go and make some now 🙂

  7. Leave a Reply

    Phil in the Kitchen
    12th September 2016

    I really enjoy a chocolate bread and yet I don’t think I’ve eaten one for years. I’m missing out. This looks lovely – 3 chocolates are going to be better than 1.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      12th September 2016

      But of course Phil, the more chocolate the better. I find I’m not getting nearly enough these days 😉

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      14th September 2016

      Well there’s no fun to be had if you can’t show off occasionally Jacqui 😉

  8. Leave a Reply

    Lucy
    12th September 2016

    Until I read your recipe I didn’t realise each strand had a different flavour, what a marvellous idea! using grated choolate is a great way to get the flavour in and I must try it!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      14th September 2016

      Thanks Lucy. I do like to get my flavours into things and spice and chocolate can make for great combinations.

  9. Leave a Reply

    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    13th September 2016

    This looks so creative and amazing and I want it just coming out of my oven smelling wondrous and tempting. All the creative bread baking makes me want to experiment with my bread

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      14th September 2016

      Thanks Johanna. You’re so creative and always experimenting with everything. Go for it.

  10. Leave a Reply

    Ceri Jones
    13th September 2016

    A fantastic loaf, looks brilliant and i love that you always incorporate wholemeal flours too – fantastic!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      14th September 2016

      Thanks Ceri. I grew up on a whole food diet, so started my baking life with wholemeal flour.

  11. Leave a Reply

    Shell Louise
    14th September 2016

    I loved ‘spiced’ anything, especially at this time of year, as autumn is (supposed!) to be moving in (it’s roasting here in Lincoln today and we have all doors open and fans on!). It sounds delicious 🙂

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      14th September 2016

      Haha, you just can’t tell with our weird and changeable weather. We had flash flooding here in Cornwall yesterday, some of it was really bad. Thanks, it’s a tasty bread and makes fab toast too.

  12. Leave a Reply

    Caroline
    16th September 2016

    I just love cardamom in any baking and I love the creative way you have made this bake – I would certainly love a slice or two right now!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      16th September 2016

      Thanks Caroline. I use cardamom in baking a lot, it works so well – and chocolate of course 😉

Leave a Comment

You can use these HTML tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>