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Saturday, June 28, 2014

EASY BUTTERMILK BREAD MADE WITH HOMEMADE BUTTERMILK

 My love for buttermilk is not normal.  And I know it!  Buttermilk does special things to food, flavor and texture are enhanced.  Despite buttermilk's bad rep, it is actually a low fat food.

Have you ever tried making buttermilk?  So good and so easy, only two ingredients!  If you have ever wanted to use buttermilk in a recipe and didn't have any, you could make your own. Try this one day with the kids.  I love when Science makes yummy food. 



Ingredients:
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar, or fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
Directions:
Place the lemon/vinegar in a measuring cup, and add enough milk to make 1 cup total liquid.  Stir to combine and let stand for 15 minutes (The mixture will curdle). Use as needed in a recipe, or refrigerate.



Buttermilk Bread

2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
1 cup buttermilk 
2 tablespoons white sugar or honey
1 tablespoon salt
5 1/2  unbleached AP flour or bread flour

  • Pour water into bowl of a standing mixer (if using) or mixing bowl and pour the yeast over top. Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved.
  • Melt the butter in microwave. Mix the butter, buttermilk, sugar, and salt and 1 cup of flour over the yeast. Stir until this comes together. Then add the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time.  It will be sticky.
  • Kneading: I used the dough hook attachment on a standing mixer, knead the dough for 8 minutes.   If the dough is sticky, add extra flour, a tablespoon at a time until it is no longer sticky. When it is smooth and forms a ball, it is done.
  • After kneading dough, oil bowl and form a ball, put dough in bowl and let it rise for about an hour, in a warm spot, until it doubles in size.   
  • Now that the dough has doubled, dust flour on the counter and turn the dough out.
  • Divide the dough in half and shape into balls. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Grease two loaf pans. Shape each ball of dough into a loaf and transfer to pans and gently press to fit into loaf pan.  Let the loaves rise in pans for 30 minutes.
  • Slit the tops of the loaves with a serrated knife.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 35 minutes. 



Slice bread evenly with a bread slicer.  It is an inexpensive gadget and well worth it.  Without it my family tends to slice on the thick side.


For step by step instructions on how to make bread, click here:  

For step by step instructions on how to make bread, click here:  

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