Chocolate tsoureki

Chocolate tsoureki

30 mins Prep · 60 mins Cook

Treat yourself and loved ones to this stunning braided chocolate-filled Greek bread traditionally served over the Easter holidays

Created by Spinneys
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 60 minutes
Serves Makes 1
Cuisine Greek
Special Occasion Easter
Diet Vegetarian
Preparation Moderate
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 735
Fat 21.6g
Saturates 13g
Protein 18.1g
Carbs 116.7g
Sugars 38.6g
Given the cook-at-home nature of Spinneys and natural variations in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details

Cooking Instructions

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Mix 180g of flour, water and yeast in a large bowl. Allow it to stand in a warm place until doubled in size, approx. 1 hour.


Melt the butter and allow to cool. Zest the orange.


In a large bowl, combine the remaining flour, sugar, milk powder, salt and spices. Add 2 eggs, the cooled melted butter and orange zest to the yeast mixture, then add it to the flour mixture to form a soft, slightly sticky dough.


Knead for 8-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover with cling film, allow to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.


Refrigerate for 8-12 hours, or overnight. 6 Melt the chocolate.


Knead the dough gently to knock out the air. Roll the dough out into a large 40cm x 50cm rectangle. Spread with the melted chocolate then roll into a long sausage. Cut the sausage in half lengthways and twist the two pieces around each other. Pinch the ends together at one end. Form the bread into a wreath. Cover the bread with lightly greased cling film. Allow the loaf to rise at room temperature for 2-2½ hours.


Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.


Lightly beat the remaining egg and brush it over the loaf. Transfer the dough to a lined baking sheet and bake for 1 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 87°C. Tent the bread with aluminium foil for the last 30 minutes, to prevent over-browning.


Remove the chocolate tsoureki from the oven.