Monday, January 17, 2011

Buttermilk Bread and Butter!

Fresh homemade butter and Buttermilk Bread.
(Bread recipe from


To use up the buttermilk after making a fresh batch of

butter, I used this recipe for Buttermilk Bread.

The bread isn't pretty, but it tastes great!

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup warm water (110*)

1/2 butter (I used homemade)

1/4 cup white sugar (I used honey)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast (I used 4 1/2 teaspoons, I don't have packages of yeast)

2 teaspoons salt

5 1/2 cups bread flour

1. Proof yeast in warm water.

2. Place the butter and buttermilk in a small saucepan. Heat slowly until butter has melted. Cool to lukewarm.

3. Place sugar (honey), salt, baking soda, buttermilk mixture, and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Add 3 cups flour (one cup at a time) and mix with the dough hook attachment of an electric mixer. (I mix by hand with a wooden spoon). Gradually add the remaining flour while continuing to mix. When dough is not sticky, turn out on a lightly floured surface. Knead for several minutes, until the dough is soft and smooth. Place in a greased bowl, and turn once. Allow to rise until doubled in size.

4 Punch down the dough. Divide, and shape into 2 loaves. Place in two well greased 8 X 4 inch bread pans. Allow to rise until dough has risen one inch above pans. (Mine rose but fell just before baking. A few of the reviewers had similar problems with this recipe)

5. Bake in a preheated oven 350* oven for 30-35 minutes. Loaves are done when nicely brown and hollow sounding when thumped.

Serve with homemade butter and enjoy!
(When making butter from fresh, raw milk, you get faster results
using cream that is a couple of days old ~ not fresh from the cow! In my
post on making butter, I say that it takes 30 minutes or so. Using a little older
cream, it only takes a few minutes!)
Oh! You can make butter from heavy cream bought at the store ~ organic would be best!


Life In a Little House said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm that looks delicous!!

Tonya said...

This sounds awesome. Thank you for sharing, I love your blogs:)

Sandra said...

I'd rather eat "ugly" home made bread than "beautiful" store bought! Can't wait to get home and make this receipt as my kitchen here lacks a lot of things.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

wow this looks great. Nothing like fresh bread from the oven. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

I have made buttermilk biscuits, but not buttermilk bread, this sounds great! I love to use buttermilk, and remember my grandmother making her own. Thanks for sharing.

Maries Cottage said...

This looks so good, I love making homemade butter!!! :)

LDH said...

One can't have too many delicious bread recipes. This one sounds delicious :)

Wanting to use up some of my stock of frozen cranberries, I made a Cranberry Bread for dinner tonight. We will have some for breakfast tomorrow morning too.

Simply Heart And Home said...


Do you use the same amount of honey as sugar? The bread sounds delicious!
Thank you for the recipe!