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:
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 www.betterbaking.com.
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.
ingredients:buttermilk coffee cake
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.
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.