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Triple Chocolate Bread Loaf – Spicy, Twisty & Delicious

Triple Chocolate Bread Loaf

Bread & Buns | 10th September 2016 | By

An enriched bread dough flavoured with three different chocolates and three spices. The triple chocolate bread loaf is then plaited and shaped to form a twisty round loaf.

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.

Chocolate Bread

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

Spiced Triple Chocolate Bread Loaf

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

Organic 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 yeast with the liquids first to dissolve it, 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.

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Spiced Triple Chocolate Bread – The Recipe

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Spiced Triple Chocolate Bread Loaf

An enriched bread dough flavoured with three different chocolates and three spices, then plaited and shaped to form a twisty round loaf.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Proving Time4 hrs
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: bread, chocolate, organic, plaited loaf, spices
Servings: 20 slices
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 3 tsp dried yeast
  • 125 ml milk a little more if needed
  • 250 g strong wholemeal flour I used organic stoneground
  • 250 g plain flour I used organic
  • ½ tsp sea salt I used Cornish sea salt
  • 50 g golden caster sugar
  • 3 extra large eggs or 4 medium ones I used 3 duck eggs
  • 25 g white vanilla chocolate - finely grated
  • 25 g milk chocolate - finely grated
  • 25 g dark chocolate - finely grated
  • 3 cardamom pods - seeds finely ground
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes

Optional glaze

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • dash of milk


  • Warm the milk to tepid , then add the yeast and stir until dissolved.
  • Mix all ingredients, except the spices and chocolate together and knead either by hand or with a machine for 10 minutes.
  • Leave to prove until doubled in size.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover and leave to rise until doubled in size.
  • 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.
  • If using the glaze, heat the milk and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Brush over the hot loaf.


Preparation time does not include proving times.
Place a small tray of water in the oven along with the bread to create some steam, which will help the bread rise.


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg


Once again, I’m joining in with this week’s Great Bloggers Bake Off 2016, #GBBOBloggers2016 hosted by Mummy Mishaps.

This chocolate yeast loaf is one of several recipes I hope to post as part of #OrganicSeptember, which is all about making small changes this year.


  1. Jacqueline Meldrum

    10th September 2016 at 12:46 pm

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

    • Choclette

      12th September 2016 at 9:40 am

      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. Lucy Parissi

    10th September 2016 at 1:01 pm

    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.

    • Choclette

      12th September 2016 at 9:38 am

      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. Gina

    10th September 2016 at 3:36 pm

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

    • Choclette

      12th September 2016 at 9:36 am

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

  4. Janice Pattie

    10th September 2016 at 6:14 pm

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

    • Choclette

      12th September 2016 at 9:35 am

      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.

  5. Cathy Glynn

    10th September 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Another fabulous bake it looks perfect x

    • Choclette

      12th September 2016 at 9:34 am

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

  6. Jenny Paulin

    10th September 2016 at 11:18 pm

    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

    • Choclette

      12th September 2016 at 9:32 am

      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.

  7. Mandy

    11th September 2016 at 7:13 pm

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

    • Choclette

      12th September 2016 at 9:25 am

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

  8. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    11th September 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Great job Choclette! Looks fab and I’m loving the flavour combinations. Star baker for you!!!! xx

    • Choclette

      12th September 2016 at 9:24 am

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

  9. Nayna Kanabar

    11th September 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I love the look and sound of this bread. It looks delicious.

    • Choclette

      12th September 2016 at 9:14 am

      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 🙂

  10. Phil in the Kitchen

    12th September 2016 at 12:02 am

    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.

    • Choclette

      12th September 2016 at 9:11 am

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

  11. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    12th September 2016 at 10:28 am

    Such a professionally baked braided bread! Good job, Choclette.

    • Choclette

      14th September 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you Angie, that’s praise indeed.

  12. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    12th September 2016 at 11:32 am

    Triple chocolate….that’s I’ll I like to hear 😉

  13. Jacqui Bellefontaine

    12th September 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Three types of chocolate, now thats showing off! but i love it what a great idea.

    • Choclette

      14th September 2016 at 4:37 pm

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

  14. Lucy

    12th September 2016 at 9:28 pm

    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!

    • Choclette

      14th September 2016 at 4:35 pm

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

  15. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    12th September 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I’m so impressed by your loaf! It looks so impressive, and I LOVE the flavour combinations you chose!

    • Choclette

      14th September 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks Becca. It was a grand loaf but sadly long gone now.

  16. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    13th September 2016 at 1:31 am

    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

    • Choclette

      14th September 2016 at 4:33 pm

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

  17. Ceri Jones

    13th September 2016 at 9:48 am

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

    • Choclette

      14th September 2016 at 4:31 pm

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

  18. Shell Louise

    14th September 2016 at 4:59 pm

    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 🙂

    • Choclette

      14th September 2016 at 8:58 pm

      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.

  19. Caroline

    16th September 2016 at 10:42 am

    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!

    • Choclette

      16th September 2016 at 9:16 pm

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


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