Buttermilk Recipes

I love using buttermilk in my cooking. It's a bit tangy, creamy, and tenderizing. You can use it in breads, cakes, and pastries, broths, curries, and dressings. This is a list of favorite buttermilk-centric recipes, and the ways I like to put it to use in the kitchen.

Buttermilk Berry Muffins

Buttermilk Berry Muffins

Beautiful buttermilk muffins - berry-streaked with sugar-sparkled tops, big flavor, and buttermilk-tender texture.

Maple Buttermilk Pie

Maple Buttermilk Pie

A sweet little buttermilk pie I made. The filling is pure, creamy, maple-kissed tanginess, and simple to pull together.

Buttermilk Farro Salad

Buttermilk Farro Salad

A buttermilk farro salad inspired by one I had at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon - farro with shaved radishes, zucchini, and fennel tossed with a tangy herbed buttermilk vinaigrette.

Maple Huckleberry Coffee Cake

Maple Huckleberry Coffee Cake

A wonderful coffee cake recipe made from fresh wild huckleberries using maple syrup as a sweetener instead of white sugar.

Asparagus Panzanella

Asparagus Panzanella

A simple asparagus panzanella - a quick, mustard buttermilk dressing accents good asparagus, alongside crusty shards of toasted bread, and a dusting of sesame seeds. Shred a hard boiled egg over the top and you've got an even more substantial meal.

Silverdollar Socca

Silverdollar Socca

Tiny socca-inspired pancakes made with buttermilk or keffir - golden, tender, and cooked in cold-pressed spicy mustard oil. Flat out delicious.

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

A perfect, simple birthday cake. One that effortlessly handled the car ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Flourless and made primarily with almond paste and eggs, it's baked until golden, then flooded with a simple, smudge-proof buttermilk glaze.

Buttermilk Asparagus Salad

Buttermilk Asparagus Salad

Simple side - asparagus tossed with a garlicky buttermilk dressing, perky radish sprouts, lots of fresh cilantro, and a handful of cooked posole.

Saag Paneer

Saag Paneer

This is how I like to cook saag paneer - chopped spinach, golden-crusted paneer cheese, assertively spices, and finished with toasted sesame seeds and fresh lemon juice.

Lillet Buttermilk Shakes

Lillet Buttermilk Shakes

Lillet-spiked buttermilk shakes. Just a quick grown-up twist on the classic vanilla milkshake.

Oat Soda Bread

Oat Soda Bread

A rustic oat soda bread you can make in less than an hour. Seriously. Made from a simple ingredient list of rolled oats, flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.

Buttermilk Squash Soup

Buttermilk Squash Soup

A nice way to use up a good amount of summer squash. This soup is a soft, pastel shade of yellow, and aside from a hint of tang from the buttermilk, is quite mild in flavor. I finish it with a cumin brown butter drizzle that punches right through the creaminess, and plenty of chopped chives.

Multigrain Waffles

Multigrain Waffles

Poppyseed-flecked and made with a blend of barley, oat, and rye flours, these multigrain waffles are buttermilk-moist with a golden crust and a hint of tanginess.

Lucia Muffins

Lucia Muffins

These muffins are saffron-smacked and riddled with golden raisins, buttermilk battered and barely sweet. Said another way, Lucia buns reinterpreted as muffins. If you love saffron give them a try.

Buttermilk Summer Squash Soup

Buttermilk Summer Squash Soup

A pureed summer squash soup with a buttermilk twist. I used a hint of red pepper, a bit of rosemary for depth, some potato for body, garlic, shallots - and aside from the buttermilk, nothing too far beyond the usual suspects.

Firecracker Cornbread

Firecracker Cornbread

A moist, tender buttermilk cornbread packed with corn kernels and flecked with red pepper flakes. Simple and delicious.

Unfussy Apple Cake

Unfussy Apple Cake

A deliciously unfussy and relatively healthy apple cake recipe. Red-skinned apples punctuate a buttermilk batter and a final sprinkling of sugar before baking lends a nice top crust.

Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler

A rustic, cherry cobbler recipe made from fresh cherries - though you can certainly try this recipe with other types of summer fruit and berries.

Salt-kissed Buttermilk Cake

Salt-kissed Buttermilk Cake

A favorite buttermilk cake recipe, I love the way smashed berries bleed into the sugar-crusted top of this cake. Swap in whatever fruit is in season.

My Favorite Pancake

My Favorite Pancake

Favorite pancake recipe - tall stacks of golden butter-kissed pancakes with the best tasting blueberry maple syrup.

Homemade Ricotta

Homemade Ricotta

So simple, a fresh ricotta recipe should be part of every cook's repertoire. Made from just two ingredients - buttermilk and whole milk.

Mini Buttermilk Berry Milkshakes

Mini Buttermilk Berry Milkshakes

A tasty, no-fuss dessert - these might be the best tasting milkshakes ever.

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