Wednesday, October 04, 2006


it certainly doesn't taste like milk with butter and as a kid i remember taking a gulp and spitting out this thick white liquid which my parents called babeurre. i distinctly remember i declared hating it and it would never pass my lips again.

i think i hated all things sour: sour cream, yogurt, and of course buttermilk. yuck. but that is no longer the story today. how wrong i was. i have come to love these things, especially as they make all the difference in cooking — most notably in the baking realm.

do you want to make your own at home? buying it is easy. but if you're adventurous like i am, it's a simple procedure:

homemade buttermilk
heat 3 1/2 c of skim milk until it is warm, but not hot.

add 1/2 cup of commercial buttermilk.

let it stand overnight in a warm place like the oven with the pilot light on.

in the morning, your buttermilk will be thick and ready to use.

a great baking alternative to keep on hand is a canadian made dried buttermilk powder that works wonderfully in baked goods. it is a great pantry item to keep on hand and is often recommended and used by baker and cookbook/web author, Marcie Goldman of

for more information, visit the saco site. there are recipes, conversion charts & further information about their other products.

the best buttermilk pancakes
[... the best i have found so far]

makes quite a few. you may halve the recipe. recipe i found years ago from recipezaar.

2 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, unbeaten
2 c buttermilk
1/4 c melted butter or vegetable oil


mix dry ingredients together. mix wet ingredients together. combine wet into dry and just mix until blended. do not overmix.

cook until golden on each side over medium heat in an oiled fry pan.

ranch dressing

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp each of dried oregano, dill, chives & parsely
1 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
dash tabasco sauce
1 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce [optional]
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar


mix all together. taste, adjust seasonings if necessary. if it's too thick, thin with a bit more buttermilk.

buttermilk coffee cake

a recipe from diana's kitchen

2 cups all-purpose flour, sift before measuring
2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sifted flour
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


stir together 2 cups flour and brown sugar. cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
measure 3/4 cup of mixture and set aside for topping.

to remaining flour mixture add 1/3 cup flour; blend well. add egg, buttermilk, baking soda, and cinnamon. mix just until dry ingredients are moistened.

turn dough into a buttered 9-inch square pan.

mix together the reserved flour sugar mixture and the chopped walnuts or pecans; sprinkle over the top of the batter.

bake coffee cake in a 350° oven for 50 to 55 minutes.

let coffee cake cool in pan then cut into serving-size pieces.


ServesYouRight said...

Hey there, The pancake recipe looks marvelous :-) Very fulfilling to make something fron scratch. I recently went through a pancake 'phase' - am currently obessessing with savory pancakes. Less flour, more lentils. Lets see how that goes! Good wishes, Smita

burekaboy — said...

hey smita, i tried quite a few along the way. this one i found, i like the best (so far). it's also thrown together very quickly AND eaten very quickly! i usually only make half because it makes alot. they actually remind me of your famous IHOP kind. savoury pancakes sound very good too. i go through phases like you so i am glad to hear i am not the only one! :P

Shelliza said...

You're killing me with all these recipes. I LOVE anything made with buttermilk. Always looking for a good pancake recipe. Will have to try this. Maybe next weekend:)

burekaboy — said...

shelliza - LOL, i have to post good stuff, right? you wouldn't come back if i didn't!

these are THE BEST ones i've tried so far. they are terribly easy to make and terribly easy to eat, especially with good maple syrup (preferably canadian!). be forewarned, the full recipe makes a ton, so you may want to stick with a 1/2 recipe which is plenty for 2 to 3 people.

hope you try them!