Whittaker's chocolate hot cross loaf recipe is a delicious twist on an Easter classic

Publish Date
Friday, 8 March 2024, 12:55PM
Photo / via whittakers.co.nz

Photo / via whittakers.co.nz

Whittaker's have just shared their recipe for a chocolate hot cross loaf you need to try this Easter!

Swirled with delicious chunks of Creamy Milk chocolate and with that classic hot cross bun flavour, it makes for an indulgent hot cross bun alternative as we get closer to Easter. Thanks Whittakers! 

Loaf Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 60g Butter
  • 500g High-grade flour
  • ¼ Cup Caster sugar
  • ½ tsp Allspice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp Instant dried yeast
  • 1 Orange, zested
  • ½ Cup Currants
  • ½ Cup Sultanas
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 200g Whittaker’s Creamy Milk Chocolate, very finely chopped

Cross Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Water

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 Orange, juiced (about ¼ Cup orange juice)
  • 2 Tbsp Caster sugar


  • Place the milk & butter in a small saucepan over a low heat. Gently cook until the butter is melted and the milk bubbling around the edges. Remove from heat and leave to cool to a lukewarm temperature.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, sugar and spices. Add the sea salt, yeast, orange zest, currants and sultanas and mix to combine.
  • When the milk and butter have cooled to a lukewarm temperature, make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the milk mixture and whisked eggs.
  • Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients to create a soft and sticky dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, or knead in a stand mixer for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth.
  • Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and leave to rise for 1 hour.
  • Butter a standard-sized loaf tin – about 10cm x 20cm.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto a lightly floured bench. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle (about 20cm x 40cm), making sure the smaller side of the rectangle is the same length as the loaf tin.
  • Cover the dough with the finely chopped chocolate, making sure it goes out to the edges. Use your hands, or a rolling pin, to press the chocolate firmly into the dough.
  • Starting from the short end, tightly roll up the dough and place in the loaf tin seam side down.
  • Cover and leave to proof for a further 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Mix the flour and water together in a small bowl to form a paste. Use a piping bag or teaspoon, make a cross on top of the loaf.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 - 50 minutes until golden.
  • Place the orange juice and caster sugar in a small saucepan and simmer until slightly syrupy.
  • Remove the loaf from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and brush the top of the loaf with the orange syrup. Leave to cool completely before slicing.


For more Whittaker's recipes head to Whittakers.co.nz/recipes

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