Today I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe for How to Make Buttermilk at home. Buttermilk is a key ingredient used in many recipes: muffins, pancakes, waffles, cakes and biscuits to name a few. Save a trip to the store and make buttermilk at home in five minutes with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand.
I don’t usually buy buttermilk at the grocery store anymore. We don’t actually drink it, we just use it in baking recipes. Buttermilk is universally known to add tenderness to baked goods. There are lots of great recipes here on the blog using buttermilk: white wheat waffles, biscuits, pancakes, cupcakes and chocolate cake!
The most popular cake recipe here on the site that uses buttermilk is the Famous Brick Street Chocolate Cake recipe found here. Chocolate lovers – you will not be disappointed!
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you may already know these hacks for making buttermilk at home. Before I learned them, I was buying buttermilk for recipes all the time. Then the extra just sat around and I had to pour it down the drain when it went bad. Now I make the exact amount of buttermilk needed for a recipe in less than five minutes. (Homemade buttermilk is cheaper too.)
Here’s How to Make Buttermilk at Home:
For every cup of buttermilk called for in a recipe, add one tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a scant cup of milk and stir. Let the mixture sit for five or ten minutes. The acidity of the lemon juice or vinegar causes the milk to curdle and thicken. It’s not quite as thick as traditional buttermilk from the store, but it’s a wonderful substitute and works well in baked goods, pancakes and waffles.
- You can also whisk in 1/4 cup milk (or water) into 3/4 cup sour cream for a great buttermilk substitute.
- Or mix 1/4 cup milk (or water) with plain or vanilla yogurt.
These are great buttermilk substitutes and are less expensive than buying traditional buttermilk in the dairy section. Happy baking!
Yields 1 cup buttermilk
5 minTotal Time
- 1 scant cup milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar
- In a small mixing bowl, stir one tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar into a scant cup of milk.
- Let sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
- Use as a substitute for buttermilk in your baking recipes.
Here are some other great substitutes for buttermilk: Stir in 1/4 cup milk or water into 3/4 cup sour cream. OR: Stir in 1/4 cup water or milk into plain or vanilla yogurt. Use as a substitute for buttermilk in your favorite recipes.
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