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Poppy Date Loaf

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A soft yeast spelt bread wrapped around a poppy seed filling sweetened with dates and coconut syrup. This is the type of bread we enjoy for breakfast, especially on holidays and weekends. If you can't find ground poppy at your local stores, just grind the poppy seeds in a coffee or spice grinder until powdery.

DoughPoppy Date Filling
  • 380 g Spelt flour
  • 15 g Fresh yeast
  • 125 ml Buttermilk, room-temperature
  • 40 g Coconut sugar
  • 75 g Butter, softened in pieces
  • 1 Egg, medium
  • Salt
  • 80 g Dates, chopped
  • 3 tbsp Rum / or apple juice
  • 200 g Coconut cream
  • 75 g Coconut syrup or honey
  • 200 g Poppy seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp Organic lemon zest
  • 1 Egg, medium
  1. For the dough, place spelt flour in the bowl of your mixer. Make a well in the center and crumble in fresh yeast. Add in 3 tbsps of buttermilk, 1 tsp of coconut sugar and stir in some flour from the sides. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Now add in the rest of buttermilk, coconut sugar, softened butter, egg and a large pinch of salt. Stir first on slow speed for a couple of minutes until the dough roughly comes together. Increase the speed and knead until the dough forms a smooth, tacky ball that clears sides of bowl. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes until doubled in volume.
  3. While the dough proofs, prepare the filling. Soften the chopped dates in rum or apple juice. In a small saucepan, add in coconut cream and coconut syrup. Bring to a simmer. Add in ground poppy seeds. Cook and stir over the medium heat until thickened. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Add in lemon zest, egg and soaked dates.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Grease and line the base and sides of a 32cm loaf pan with baking paper.
  5. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and punch down. Roll the dough into a 35cm x 45cm rectangle. Spread the poppy date filling over. Roll up each loosely from the long end to form a log. Use a sharp knife to cut the log lengthwise in half and weave the two pieces together to form a twist.
  6. Gently transfer to the prepared pan
    . Cover with a clean tea towel and stand in a warm place for a further 10 minutes until slightly risen. Brush the top with the egg glaze, then bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and cooked through. Cool slightly in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack. | © 2019 | | © 2019 |


Unknown 17/2/19 15:45

I really appreciate nutritional information for recipes. Is that something you could include on all of yours?

Jeff the Chef 17/2/19 15:46

Wow, this is the best poppy seed loaf I've ever seen! My grandma used to make one, but I don't have her recipe for it. So, over the years, I've poured over recipes, looking for one that I like to try, but haven't found it until now. I'll definitely try this.

Debra Eliotseats 17/2/19 18:14

That is a beautiful bread, Angie!

2pots2cook 17/2/19 19:24

This one is definitely a keeper Angie ! Definitely !

Balvinder 17/2/19 23:05

That looks one amazing date loaf.I could eat this right now.

Gloria Baker 18/2/19 02:00

aww Angie,looks wonderful I love poppy seeds !! delicious !!

Nammi 18/2/19 04:21

oh wow. I have poppy seeds yey! but no spelt flour. will regular flour do? This looks nice

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 18/2/19 12:19

What a beautiful loaf! Love that sweet poppy seed swirl in every slice---so tempting!!

Kelly | Foodtasia 18/2/19 15:01

Angie, such a beautiful loaf and a gorgeous swirl! The flavor must be amazing!

Kitchen Riffs 18/2/19 16:47

Poppy seeds are wonderful! LOVE them in baked goods. Don't think I've had them combined with dates, though -- neat idea. Thanks!

Valentina 19/2/19 07:15

This sounds and looks really delicious. I'm mostly excited because a couple of years ago I was given a poppy seed grinder. I still haven't used it -- I hadn't even known there was such a thing. This recipe has inspired me to finally use it. :-)

Julie 19/2/19 08:03

I would love to have a slice for breakfast..looks super delicious!!

Motions and Emotions 19/2/19 08:23

This loaf looks super yummy dear.. Feel like grabbing it right away

Nancy Chan 19/2/19 14:59

This look so tempting. Healthy and yummy!

The Glossychic 19/2/19 15:28

Wow! all these look appetizing. Thanks for the recipe, you jut wet my appetite.
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Pam 19/2/19 17:17

WOW!!! It looks beautiful and so delicious!

Amy (Savory Moments) 19/2/19 19:58

Wow Angie! I think you've outdone yourself with this loaf! Beautiful!

tigerfish 20/2/19 00:41

I usually only see poppy seeds sprinkled on breads, muffins etc. but this filling has a substantial amount of poppy seeds, and naturally sweetened with dates! Wish I could have a slice..or two?

mjskit 20/2/19 05:02

I'm totally enchanted! Not only is this a gorgeous bread, but the poppy seed swirl is irresistible. Just added poppy seeds to my grocery list. This is a must make! Thanks Angie!

Adina 20/2/19 07:39

A perfect looking loaf. I like that you make your own Mohnback too, the one in the stores is way too sweet, so I make my own most of the times as well.

Natalia 20/2/19 09:21

Oh yum, looks irresistable! We love poppy seed cakes herw in Poland☺

Anca 20/2/19 15:35

Your poppy loaf looks so good, I love it.

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 20/2/19 16:07

You make the prettiest breads, Angie! This loaf looks just irresistible! I'm loving the date and poppy seed combination! I've never had those two ingredients together, but I bet it is just delicious!!!! Cheers, friend!

Unknown 20/2/19 20:13

Your yeast spelt bread look SOOOOO FANCY Angie, I love it, ands I know it taste delicious. I l love poppy seeds and the fact that this bread is sweetened with dates really excites me :)
Have a great week Angie :)

Evelyne CulturEatz 20/2/19 21:58

Love poppy bread: the taste and color of it. Dates is a great addition!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 20/2/19 23:24

You've nailed two of my favorite things to put in bakery, Angie! I would never have though to ground poppy seeds into a paste but love the idea! Beautifully twisted loaf!

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 21/2/19 02:07

Another beautiful loaf Angie :)

Noob Cook 21/2/19 02:35

Poppy seeds are banned in Singapore (I think). which is a shame, coz your loaf looks really delish!

Juliana 21/2/19 03:16

Again, delicious looking loaf, I am loving the idea of using the date and poppy seed as the filling...looks pretty too. Thanks for the recipe Angie. I hope you are enjoying your week!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 21/2/19 04:18

What a gorgeous loaf Angie! My father was born in Lithuania and brought his love of poppy seed to his kids.Whenever I visit I try to bring him something with poppy seed. I might have to try this next!

Evi 22/2/19 10:28

This Poppy Date Loaf looks fantastic, Angie! :)

Królowa Karo 22/2/19 11:21

I love such cakes. We are preparing them for Christmas.

All That I'm Eating 22/2/19 11:44

This looks great and it sounds amazing too! I would love to try a slice.

Tanza Erlambang 22/2/19 11:46

thank you for recipe and it nutritional information.
have a great day

Ashley@CookNourishBliss 22/2/19 15:37

This sounds SO GOOD!! And it's so pretty and cool looking too!

grace 22/2/19 20:40

BEAUTIFUL loaf, angie! i feel like i so rarely use poppy seeds but they deserve so much more attention!

GiGi Eats 23/2/19 16:20

I really want to smell this gorgeous loaf!! Poppyseeds are totally under rated so I love that you made them the starring ingredient!!!

Easyfoodsmith 23/2/19 17:33

The flavor combination sounds delicious and the bread looks really pretty.

Reeni 24/2/19 00:55

Oh that poppy seed filling - love, love LOVE! My favorite! It's beautiful Angie!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living 25/2/19 15:51

What a stunning loaf! This reminds me of a bread my neighbor used to make when I was growing up.

Choclette 25/2/19 18:13

Ooh Angie, you've given me something else to think on. I'd never thought of grinding poppy seeds. Your loaf looks amazing and sounds delicious too.

mary anderson 27/2/19 23:33

wao it looks so delicious and healthier dates are always healthy to eat especially in breakfast great recipe! :)

pkan 8/3/19 07:00

I’ve never heard of these but they definitely look like a great snack idea!
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Katerina Delidimou 15/3/19 11:22

What a beautiful loaf! Very professional!

Iwona 21/3/19 17:27

I love poppy seeds :)

Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought 13/5/19 17:04

That is one gorgeous loaf. I love anything with dates and looks so delicious.

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