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Spelt and Oatmeal Bread Stars | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

Poolish sponge is a type of French starter made from the same amount, in weight, of flour and water with a very small amount of yeast, and left to ripe for a long time. This allows bread to develop its characteristic flavours and texture.
You can make the poolish anywhere between 8 and 16 hours before you start mixing the final dough. Poolish should be a wet mixture, very much like a thick pancake batter and when the surface is covered in tiny bubbles, it’s ready to use. Bread made with preferment also tends to keep better, compared to bread made from straight dough.

Spelt and Oatmeal Bread Stars

adapted from Ploetzblog
Poolish SpongeDough
  • 150 g Wholegrain spelt, ground
  • 150 g Water, lukewarm
  • 1 g Fresh yeast
  • 170 g Water, lukewarm
  • 315 g Bread flour
  • 75 g Oatmeal
  • 9 g Fresh yeast
  • 9 g Sea salt
  • 10 g Liquid malt extract
  • Poppy and flax seeds for coating

  1. Combine all the poolish ingredients in the mixing bowl and leave it, covered, at room temperature for 10-12 hours. If you want to use dry yeast, then 0.4 grams, about 1/8 teaspoon, would be enough.
  2. Add in the rest of ingredients and stir at slow speed for 6 minutes, then increase the speed and continue to mix for 8 more minutes until it comes together and pulls away from sides of bowl.
  3. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured work surface. Gently knead the dough a few times and shape into a round. Cover and rest for 40 minutes.
  4. Divide the dough into 10-12 portions and shape each into a round. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  5. On a lightly floured work surface, gently flatten a dough ball. Cut 3 times on the center all the way to the bottom in a crisscross style, leaving about 2-cm edges intact. Now turn each triangle outside to create a 6-point star.
  6. Dip the star into water, then coat with a mix of seeds. Place them in baking trays lined with parchment paper. Cover and proof 90 minutes.
  7. Place a roasting tray at the bottom of the oven. Preheat the oven to 240C/460F. Place the bread stars on the upper rack of the hot oven. Pour a cup of boiling water into the roasting tray. Bake for 20 minutes until they are nicely golden brown. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Gerry @Foodness Gracious 2/9/12 06:34

These look awesome! I'm slowly getting the urge to make more bread/yeast products!

Hesti HH. 2/9/12 08:48

Beautiful pictures...
I love the star shape..can't wait to make these!

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 2/9/12 09:31

The star shape is so cute for such an incredible bread :D

Choc Chip Uru

Rosa's Yummy Yums 2/9/12 10:59

So pretty and delicious looking!



Unknown 2/9/12 11:15

Brilliant this looks.

Sprigs of Rosemary 2/9/12 12:48

Your tutorial pictures make this recipe very easy to follow. I gotta try making this poolish! (I hope my stars turn out as pretty.)

Mich Piece of Cake 2/9/12 13:39

I love how these healthy breads are shaped! I have never baked with spelt before, and would love to give it a try. This recipe looks like a very easy recipe for me to experiment with...

Anonymous 2/9/12 13:48

What a clever way to make your stars Angie.
:-) Mandy

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 2/9/12 13:52

Love the star shape. Very pretty presentation Angie.

Ana Regalado 2/9/12 15:01

These look awesomely delicious !

Heather S-G 2/9/12 15:09

Oh my gosh...these are so much fun. I just love the way you've shaped them (almost like star-shaped bagels!!). I hope you'll drop by and add these to the BYOB bread basket this month, Angie! (

Susan 2/9/12 15:30

I just bought spelt to grind--how wonderful these will be. Stars of amazement! XOXO

Belinda @zomppa 2/9/12 16:47

These are not only healthy, but delightful with their fun shapes!

Soni 2/9/12 17:45

These look so so delicious and cute!!I'm craving for a bite right now :)Healthy and fun to eat!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 2/9/12 17:47

very clever my dear your so darn talented!

Curts Delectable Creations 2/9/12 17:48

Breads are my favorite, these are very intriguing to me would love to try and learn this one... thanks for your visit!

Sophiesfoodiefiles 2/9/12 17:50

MMMM,..What beautiful & lovely looking bread-stars! " They are really stars that steal the show! "

These would be perfect at Christmas to go with a filling soup or to slice them & fill them with gourmet foods!

Yummy Yum! xxx

Elisabeth 2/9/12 18:54

These crunchy, healthy and pretty oatmeal stars are so darn cute, and totally delicious! Love the poppy seeds topping on them. A super great snack:)

Honeybird 2/9/12 20:52

The way you made the star-shape is ingenius! I'm definitely gonna try this! (As soon as my sister returned my mixer :P)

Debra Eliotseats 2/9/12 21:32

These look great. I bet kids would love them.

Suzi 2/9/12 22:55

These look so cute and tasty. Would this starter dough be the same as a sour dough, sounds like it may be. I have heard of it but never tried as yet. I made regular bread today, mainly to have some pizza dough, LOL.

[Reply] 2/9/12 23:27

Love the seeds on top Angie they look great

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 2/9/12 23:33

Angie - I just love these! What a creative way to make stars. Very nice. The bread mixture sounds so interesting. Another terrific post. Have a great week.

Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking 3/9/12 00:13

these stars are so pretty! I can not wait to make some! You're an amazing baker Angie!

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 3/9/12 00:27

Mmmmm, love the star-shape too Angie! I listed you on my blogroll 'delicious blogs' over on my new Wordpress blog and would love it if you could help me get my readership up on that new platform. Stop by and take a look at my sister site:

When the readership grows, the blog over on Blogger will come to an end cuz I can't manage two blogs for long!

Thanks for your support Angie!

Donalyn 3/9/12 00:50

I love baking bread using a sponge and I will be giving this one a try - it looks really good!

Tania @ A Perfect Pantry 3/9/12 01:19

These are just gorgeous.... and I love baking with spelt flour

Balvinder 3/9/12 01:44

they look beautiful, you know I love bread. any bread!

Catherine 3/9/12 02:47

Dear Angie, These do look wonderful. Fresh baked bread is the very best. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

jasna varcakovic 3/9/12 03:11

Starry, starry night...
Interesting way of shaping them!

Bakericious 3/9/12 03:52

I like these star shape breads, looks so delicious.

mjskit 3/9/12 06:42

I bet the smell of this dough is wonderful with that poolish sponge! And of course the flavor would be fantastic! Wonderful breads and, as always, you did a beautiful presentation with the stars. Another winner!

Cass @foodmyfriend 3/9/12 07:24

These are so cute Angie! Beautifully done :)

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 3/9/12 13:14

Beautiful shapes...thanks for sharing a detailed picture tutorial :) They also look darned delicious!

Kate@Diethood 3/9/12 14:23

That's just too pretty to eat... Those would look so good on my Christmas table! I'm thinking ahead. :)

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 3/9/12 14:41

There is nothing better than homemade bread. These look wonderful.

Finla 3/9/12 15:19

I always love the shapes you make for breads and this looks so good

Jennifer Kendall 3/9/12 16:04

sound so healthy and delicious and FUN! love it!

Baker Street 3/9/12 16:48

Love the little star shaped treats. So healthy and delicious!

Nupur 3/9/12 17:14

What a wonderful reipe and I love that Star Shape.. Beautifully done !

Rosita Vargas 3/9/12 17:23

Están bonitas y deliciosas lindo diseño,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Eva Taylor 3/9/12 18:56

Yet another beautiful bread Angie. I live using starters for bread, I'll have to give this one a try when we're back from Europe.

The Squishy Monster 3/9/12 20:53

How gorgeous AND're pretty much magic!

MaryMoh 3/9/12 22:37

What beautiful starts! My goodness....that's such a smart way to cut the dough, turn it out, and they became stars!!! I would love to have fun playing with the bread dough....making stars :D

Norma Chang 4/9/12 01:10

Healthy and good looking star breads. Love the Polish proverb.

Gina Stanley 4/9/12 05:42

I want a star! I'm gonna make bread this week, hopefully it will have cooled down enough. I love the star shape, so cute. Hope you got a little relaxing in this weekend.

MunatyCooking 4/9/12 06:13

Wow! Thanks for the step by step pictures, I'd like to make these for my family's breakfast. It is healthy and looks great :)

Unknown 4/9/12 10:56

Angie, you are such a wonderful baker and I love the step by step instructions. I love baking bread but then rarely do it since I worry nobody in my family will help me to consume them. I have so many recipes lined up, and hopefully I will have family and friends coming over knocking on my door for treats and freshly baked breads ;). I found spelt recently in our local supermarket. Can't wait to try this out. Have a good week ahead! Huggss

Oishii Treats 4/9/12 12:31

I love your amazing photos!!! and oatmeal bread stars sounds like the perfect breakfast.

Janine 4/9/12 14:38

the step by step photos are really helpful because otherwise i wouldn't know how to make those stars! love how beautiful and rustic they look!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 4/9/12 16:47

Oh my gosh, these are so pretty! They're like bagels, but more fun. :)

TasteHongKong 4/9/12 17:24

Good to have one now - a late night snack : )!

fimere 4/9/12 17:26

c'est très réussi et bien tentant, j'adore
bonne journée

lena 4/9/12 17:39

not only they sound good, i find them kinda cute too. Thanks for showing the steps to how to shape the stars, this is new to me!

Delicious Shots 4/9/12 20:49

Really pretty and it looks delicious!!!

Monet 4/9/12 22:00

What a beautiful and unique way to enjoy some lovely bits of spelt goodness! Thank you for sharing. These look just delicious.

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 4/9/12 23:19

They look delicious. Reminded me of a bagel for a minute. I love the star shape, so cool how you did that!

kitchen flavours 4/9/12 23:35

Lovely stars! And looks delicious too! Looks wonderful, I like the ingredients that went into it!

chow and chatter 5/9/12 02:13

wow these look amazing always learning from you

Amanda 5/9/12 04:01

what a clever way to make it into a star shape! i must remember your technique the next time i make bread!

Lisa Ho 5/9/12 04:57

Pretty looking stars.. and clever and easy way to get that gorgeous looking bake...
Angie, You are the STAR :D

cakewhiz 5/9/12 05:36

oh angie! these are so cute! these would be a perfect treat for hannukah... don't you think? :)

and gorgeous pictures! they belong in a magazine ;)

rita cooks italian 5/9/12 10:49

This looks beutifull and good, perfect for the morning breakfast. Lovely, star shaped bread. I'm a keen baker and got a lot of inspiring ideas from your blog, Angie

My Little Space 6/9/12 11:20

Oooo...what a wonderful wonderful idea. Just so cool! Thanks so much for sharing, Angie.

Bread and Companatico 7/9/12 21:41

what a beautiful bread! love the dough ingredients and the idea of using little yeast and long fermentation times. and the shape is so lovely!

Kiran @ 10/9/12 07:44

Beautiful styling, Angie. An earthy mood :)

Saskia 15/9/12 02:04

These look gorgeous. Great photos. Will have to give them a try as the kids are getting sick of Anzac cookies in their lunchboxes!

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