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Have buttermilk, now what?

itryalot Nov 4, 2008 12:38 PM

I have a gallon of buttermilk. Bought it on an impulse. Want to bake or make something other than fried chicken. Suggestions?

  1. waver Nov 6, 2008 06:42 PM

    You can also just drink it straight up or with a spoonful of white sugar. Quite refreshing. It makes great smoothies too, less tart than yogurt but more interesting than milk. There's a cocoa cake out there that uses buttermilk and actually is really good crumbled in a bowl with buttermilk poured over top.

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      itryalot Nov 6, 2008 04:23 PM

      This weekend we are having onion strings, buttermilk blueberry pancakes, oven fried chicken and biscuits(not in one sitting!).

      1. Davedigger Nov 6, 2008 11:39 AM

        Cold beet soup:

        2 cups cooked or canned grated beets
        1/2 - 3/4 english cucumber, coarsely chopped
        2 green onions, chopped
        1 good handful of fresh chopped dill
        1 litre buttermilk

        Combine and serve in individual bowls either alone, with sliced boiled egg on top, with boiled potato and bacon bits on the side, or with the works (i.e. egg, potato and bacon).

        1. sarah galvin Nov 5, 2008 09:13 PM

          Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet

          Creme Fraiche

          Devil's Food Cake

          Onion Strings a la PioneerWoman.com

          1. Robin Joy Nov 5, 2008 08:17 PM

            A gallon?. Some impulse!

            Soda bread is lovely. About 1 hour from starting to eating. Heaps of recipes on the interweb including Saint Delia's takes:


            1. Glencora Nov 5, 2008 06:12 PM

              This time of year I make persimmon pudding with buttermilk. The recipe is in the Joy of Cooking.

              1. DiveFan Nov 5, 2008 06:07 PM

                Dice up ham, sausage, scallions and other tasty leftover bits of your choice and add just before the grits get to your preferred consistency.

                1. LA Buckeye Fan Nov 5, 2008 05:43 PM

                  a vat of homemade ranch dressing? I like a baked grits with buttermilk, goat cheese and scallions.

                  1. jenwee Nov 5, 2008 03:44 AM

                    Biscuits!!!!!! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...
                    Buttermilk pancakes are yummy too!!! :) Now Im hungry!

                    1. Pastryrocks Nov 4, 2008 07:58 PM

                      On occasion a pastry cook or appetence would forget about the whipping cream and instead make butter and buttermilk. We would whip up 10-20kg of 35% at a time. So they would only make that mistake once. I would always make Irish Soda bread with the buttermilk. I don’t really have a recipe because it’s just make a dough with AP, salt, baking soda and buttermilk. And bake in the oven at 350ºf until golden brown.

                      Here is a link http://www.sodabread.us/Recipes/sodab...

                      1. Vetter Nov 4, 2008 06:54 PM

                        Two great Deborah Madison recipes:
                        Cornbread in a cast iron skillet.
                        Blueberry buttermilk muffins.

                        Lemon buttermilk sorbet from Epicurious.
                        chocolate sheet cake (aka Texas sheet cake) (Pioneer Woman blog has a recipe)
                        anything you'd use yogurt or sour cream in, most of the time

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                          Val Nov 4, 2008 06:25 PM

                          Great suggestions...for a savory dish, try this Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken from Epicurious...marinating chicken in buttermilk is great! We really love this...I remove the skin from the chicken pieces and the recipe still works beautifully:


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                            kimmim2483 Nov 4, 2008 06:07 PM

                            Cornbread and mashed potatoes. I love buttermilk. I freeze it without any problem, just make sure you defrost it in the fridge.

                            1. Luvfriedokra Nov 4, 2008 05:50 PM

                              Make a big pan of cornbread, put a few pieces in a bowl and pour the buttermilk over it. I konw, it sounds crazy but it is deelish!!!

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                                critter101 Nov 4, 2008 05:35 PM

                                Try this cranberry pecan bread. It's dense and moist, and made with buttermilk:

                                1. todao Nov 4, 2008 01:10 PM

                                  German Chocolate Cake

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                                  1. re: todao
                                    Pastryrocks Nov 4, 2008 08:00 PM

                                    Nice to see a recipe for German chocolate cake without coconut.

                                    1. re: Pastryrocks
                                      Pastryrocks Nov 4, 2008 10:49 PM

                                      O, I stand corrected; on further investigation I now see the coconut. I have somewhere a few recipes for German Chocolate cake without coconut in the icing. I shall try to find them.

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                                    synecdoche Nov 4, 2008 12:38 PM

                                    Pancakes! Biscuits!

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