Buttermilk Spelt Bread with Poppy

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This sweet bread is so soft and light that it tastes almost like a sponge cake. Excellent served at an afternoon tea or any occasion! I really love the earthy flavour and golden color the saffron imparts to the bread. And it took all my willpower to not eat the whole loaf after it's right out of the oven. The stevioside powder I used to make the poppy filling is a pure extract from the leaves of the stevia plant, about 300 times sweeter than white sugar. Replace it with 150 grams of sugar if you are not fond of stevia.

Buttermilk Spelt Bread with Poppy

adapted from

-Backen mit Stevia by Christiane Schäfer & Sandra Stehle (p.28)
-Brot selbst gebacken by Kristiane Müller-Urban (p.27)

  • 30 g Fresh yeast
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 25 g White spelt flour
  • 90 ml Lukewarm water
  • 750 g White spelt flour
  • 10 g Salt
  • 300 ml Buttermilk, lukewarm
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • Pinch of saffron powder
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 50 g Butter, softened
  • 200 g Poppy seeds, ground
  • 0,5 g Steviosid / pure stevia extract powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Finely grated lemon peel
  • Sea salt
  • 200 ml 1.5% Milk
  1. Crumble the fresh yeast in a mixing bowl. Add in honey, white spelt flour and water. Stir until smooth and well blended. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and leave it at a warm place for an hour.
  2. Whisk together the white spelt flour and salt in a mixing bowl. In another bowl, stir buttermilk, honey and saffron until combined.
  3. Add the starter to the flour mixture, roughly stirring together, then add in buttermilk mixture, eggs and butter. Now stir all the ingredients in the mixing bowl fitted with dough hook until the dough has become smooth and elastic.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and shape the dough into a ball. Place the dough back to the mixing bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow it to rise for an hour in a warm place until it has doubled in volume.
  5. Meanwhile prepare the filling. Dry roast the ground poppy seeds in a heavy-based pan until aromatic, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Stir in pure stevia extract powder, grated lemon peel and a pinch of salt. Pour in milk and bring the mixture to a simmer. Remove from the heat and leave at side to cool to room temperature.
  6. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and knead briefly. Divide the dough into 2 portions, one 720 grams and the other 600 grams. Divide the 480-gram-dough into 16 portions, each 45 grams. Wrap each 45-gram-dough with 15 grams of poppy filling. Shape into balls and place 8 dough balls into the base of a 24-cm springform pan and top with another 8 dough balls.
  7. Cover with a kitchen towel and leave it at a warm spot until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle with some poppy seeds if desired.
  8. Roll out the 600-gram-dough into a 35x60-cm rectangle. Spread the rest of poppy filling over the dough, leaving a narrow margin around the edges uncovered. Starting with a long edge, gently roll the dough into a log. Seal edges well by pinching close and slice it in half lengthwise, leaving 5cm intact. Turn each half cut-side up and carefully plait the halves together, keep the cut-side up to expose the filling. Place it in a parchment-lined baking tray. Cover and set aside for 20 minutes.
  9. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Bake for about 35-45 minutes until nicely golden brown.

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Amy 4/1/14 06:51

Your bread are always so gorgeous! This Spelt bread with poppy seeds is no exception. I would love to wake up to this beautiful in the morning. ;) Happy New Year, Angie.

Medeja 4/1/14 10:13

I just love breads, buns and bagels with poppy seeds :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums 4/1/14 11:03

Beautiful! Your loaves look extremely tempting and beautiful...



Elin Chia 4/1/14 11:04

Great bakes to start 2014. Happy New Year Angie ;) looking forward to another year of great sharing from you ;)

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes 4/1/14 13:39

I've been meaning to make poppy seed filling for the longest time. Amazing as a bread filling Angie! Pinned!

Balvinder 4/1/14 15:30

What a coincidence, I just published a sweet bread recipe. Love the marbled look of this bread. Happy New year!

Gloria Baker 4/1/14 15:32

Lovely Angie! I love your breads and love poppy seeds!!

Lite Home Bake 4/1/14 15:53

Happy New Year, Angie! Beautiful and unique loaves as always. Completely bowled over by the time i reached the part where you mentioned having a hard time trying not to finish the entire loaf!

Tessa 4/1/14 17:17

Gorgeous bread Angie! You are such an amazing baker!

http://platanosmangoes.com 4/1/14 18:29

I am always so jealous ofyour breads...I hope that your New Year started Happy and I wish you the best.

Anne@FromMySweetHeart 4/1/14 18:32

Angie...your pictures are absolutely stunning! I love breads that have that light and spongy texture. No doubt I would love this as well! : )

What's for dessert? 4/1/14 18:35

I love poppy seeds desserts! Happy New Year!

Angela @ My Golden Pear 4/1/14 18:50

My New Year's resolution is to master baking bread with yeast and this post has just inspired me to get a move on. Gorgeous pics. All the best for 2014.

Magda 4/1/14 19:22

Oh Angie it looks delicious, I like poppy seeds, they are great

motherrimmy 4/1/14 20:59

Your baked goods always make me drool. The love the color on that loaf of bread!

Elisabeth Foodandthrift 4/1/14 22:18

Angie...as always, your breads are gorgeous, and super delicious; especially with the poppy seed which I love so much!
Hope you are starting the New Year in good health, and happiness!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 4/1/14 22:23

Poppyseed Bread is my father's favorite. I can't wait to try this version!

Anonymous 4/1/14 22:48

Your home-made breads look fantastic, appetizing & Oh so special too, always, they are very impressing, Angie: a real delight to the taste buds. Ooh Yeah!...... 😊😊😊

My Inner Chick 4/1/14 22:58

Every single thing you do is Delectable & DElish! xx

Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes 4/1/14 23:08

I love homemade breads! The poppy seeds look so gorgeous on this Angie!

kitblu 4/1/14 23:35

The bread looks like it will taste like strudel. I love poppy seed strudel.

Liz Berg 5/1/14 00:58

You are the bread master!!! Both these loaves look extraordinary! YUM.

Rebecca Subbiah 5/1/14 04:58

what wonderful bread wish I had some for breakfast tomorrow

Anne ~ Uni Homemaker 5/1/14 06:00

Wow, both of these look AH-MAZING! You truly are a rock star when it comes to bread making. Delicious! :)

mjskit 5/1/14 06:33

What's not to love about this bread?! I really do need to make this. Thanks Angie!

Sokehah Cheah 5/1/14 07:04

Wow, wonderful looking bread... like the first picture of your loaf!

Helene Dsouza 5/1/14 12:44

This is a big time keeper. I was looking for stevia recipes, so your soft bread comes at a right time Angie. btw I am a big fan of poppy bread. I wish I could get the dark poppy here, it looks more attractive on bread. =)

Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen 5/1/14 13:34

I'm crazy about anything with poppy seeds and this bread looks absolutely fantastic Angie. Love the swirl in the center.

Ashley 5/1/14 14:44

Wow this bread is gorgeous! I love that you used poppy seeds - I love using them in my kitchen but don't nearly enough! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Ann Jones 5/1/14 16:10

Beautiful bread! Love the pictures, your recipe looks like something my family would love!

Layla @ Brunch Time Baker 5/1/14 17:56

Angie this bread is fantastic! I love the poppy seeds!

Beth 5/1/14 19:29

What a gorgeous loaf! I'm longing to try that right now.

Debra Eliotseats 5/1/14 20:33

Looks delicious! I doubt I would have shown your will-power and I would have eaten the whole loaf!

Rosita Vargas 5/1/14 20:53

Un bello pan delicioso y fantàstico me encanta,abrazos.

Catherine 5/1/14 21:16

Dear Angie, You certainly outdid yourself with this beautiful bread!!!. It looks wonderful and delicious! I am new to spelt flour, but I love the few times I have used it.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Blog do Chocolate 5/1/14 22:44


Happy New Year ! :)
Lovely bread, your are a really Pro ! :)


Erica 5/1/14 23:20

You have the most amazing bread recipes, Angie! This looks wonderful as usual!Happy New Year!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 6/1/14 00:10

Not only gorgeous but a sweet bread I know I would love! Pinning this one :)

Juliana 6/1/14 01:19

Wow Angie, the bread look great...the texture is just perfect. I love the poppy seed in it.
Happy New Year my dear :D

Monica 6/1/14 01:51

This looks amazing! The texture sounds wonderful - I would want a whole loaf in one sitting too!

Susan 6/1/14 02:13

Your breads are always amazing--this one is no different. I long to be in my own kitchen again and baking up a storm. I don't like this rental! Happy New Year, XOXO

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 6/1/14 02:43

Angie your will power is better than mine. I bet that bread tastes amazing. The sweetness, combined with the tart buttermilk, absolutely drool worthy! Happy New Year :)

Shirley 6/1/14 04:31

I don't know which is more beautiful... the swirled loaf or the round one! I like how the poppy seeds swirl through the middle of the bread also.

Hamaree Rasoi 6/1/14 04:40

Simply awesome and delicious looking bread. Lovely pics as well.

Christine Ho 6/1/14 05:45

Who can resist soft and fluffy bread ? I'd finish the whole bread fresh from oven. :)

Jeannie Tay 6/1/14 07:02

That looks delicious and fluffy! How come we don't get to see the inside of the other loaf? :P I just love to drool over delicious photos!

Joanne 6/1/14 12:39

This loaf is just gorgeous! I love the poppy swirls!

Alida 6/1/14 14:20

Looks fab this bread. I like those poppy seeds on top and it is very well risen too.
Very nice Angie!

Christy 6/1/14 14:24

Ooooh, I love sponge cake and if this is anything like sponge cake, then bring it on sister! For anytime of the day, I am sure, it is an awesome treat!:-)
Happy New Year to you Angie, still remember me? LOL :-)
May the year brings you plenty of joy, luck and all great things~

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living 6/1/14 14:30

Angie - I love poppy swirl bread - reminds me of my childhood!

Elzbieta Hester 6/1/14 14:55

I can't get enough of poppy seeds this season. Oh my gosh, Angie...your strudel looks yummy. :) ela

AdriBarr 6/1/14 17:11

What stunningly beautiful bread. I bet it tastes wonderful - I can smell it now, soft and warm from the oven. I want some of this!

kitchen flavours 6/1/14 17:44

Such a beautiful loaf! Another amazing bread from you! Would love to have a few slices with a cup of tea!

Hema 6/1/14 18:14

Bread looks superb, very tempting, would love to try some..

Norma Chang 6/1/14 20:10

Love poppy seeds. Gorgeous loaf of bread.

Karen (Back Road Journal) 6/1/14 21:05

You have such a talent for making the best looking breads.

Caroline Taylor 6/1/14 22:04

How pretty is this, would love to try it.

Ilke 6/1/14 22:46

I love the look of both. I am amazed with all the different flours you use. It must be nice to live in your household and enjoy all this food always :)

Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style 7/1/14 00:30

That is an amazingly beautiful loaf of bread, Angie! I can taste the poppy just looking at it.

Cass @foodmyfriend 7/1/14 03:43

Your breads always make my mouth water!

Reeni 7/1/14 04:08

It would take every ounce of willpower I have not to go crazy on this bread too Angie! I LOVE all those poppy seeds! Beautiful.

Mich PieceofCake 7/1/14 07:47

Such a gorgeous bread. I simply love the black and white swirls.

Lenia 7/1/14 08:53

Dear Angie,I wish a fantastic new year, full of happiness,serenity and of course inspiration!
I always enjoy visiting your blog and admiring your baking talent!
All the best!
Kisses from Greece!

The Yum List 7/1/14 12:24

Ooh, I love how it turns out on the inside!

lena 7/1/14 18:10

what gorgeous loaves! you are so talented ..certainly hard to resist finishing the whole loaf :D

Violeta Pasat 7/1/14 18:51

What a lovely bread,Angie! It is similar in texture to the soft and airy brioche.I love this bread.

Geni 7/1/14 21:36

Wow! What a fantastic looking bread Angie! Hope your New Year is fabulous!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 7/1/14 22:00

Amazing bread Angie, love these sweeter types and I am a big fan of saffran, must be a delicate but wonderful touch.

Erin | The Law Students Wife 8/1/14 01:34

Buttermilk is like a magic ingredient--I bet this bread is super fluffy and soft!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen 8/1/14 01:53

I love that it has poppy seeds on top! Belated Happy New Year, Angie!

Kitchen Belleicious 8/1/14 04:39

oh angie! You go girl. You always outdo yourself with the next recipe and I love this one. I cant believe how amazing this bread looks

noobcook 8/1/14 10:12

looks so appetizing! It's a shame poppy is banned here.

Asmita 8/1/14 15:21

Wow Angie,
This bread is absolutely gorgeous! Simply love it!

Barbara 8/1/14 22:06

That is one beautiful loaf of bread, Angie!
Happy New Year to you too!

Gwen 9/1/14 03:02

What a gorgeous bread! I love spelt flour. Pinned to make ASAP! Thank you love.

sprinklesandsauce 9/1/14 03:24

Great loaf! That poppy filling looks so good an moist!

Christian Simple 9/1/14 12:55

I look at your previous post but this one is so unique. Thanks for sharing this.

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TasteHongKong 9/1/14 15:55

Fine, these really make me want to stock up more spelt flours : )

Daniela Grimburg 9/1/14 21:25

Wow, this bread looks fantastic ,fluffy and tasty!
Love the addition of poppy seeds.

Anne Regalado 10/1/14 15:29

Angie , those are gorgeous breads and I bet tastes great as well ! And your photos look wonderful , as always !

Geraldine Saucier 11/1/14 21:22

Love this bread:) Poppy seeds are a favorite of mine. Have a great weekend.

Terra 12/1/14 17:49

Oh goodness me, your bread looks so fluffy and amazing! I love homemade bread, and wish I could reach in and grab some!!! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

KgReciPe 12/1/14 19:28

Hello, I am so much hungry to see your blog. what a blog. I like your all recipes. Generally I love to eat food and your all recipes seems so much delicious so I think I need your help to prepare it. will you help me?

Koko 14/1/14 02:35

How cool that you can make this with stevia! I just love how poppyseeds look swirled into bread!

Amelia 17/1/14 05:24

Hi Angie, your break look so good. Well done! Love the crust, great to go with coffee.

Have a great week ahead.


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