18 sweet and savoury ways with buttermilk

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18 sweet and savoury ways with buttermilk

Buttermilk is the all-rounder ingredient – your secret to moist cakes, fluffy pancakes, light loaves and creamy desserts, not to mention tangy marinades, dressings, sauces and dips. Want to know how use it in the best sweet and savoury recipes? Read on.

Traditional old-fashioned buttermilk was the by-product produced when cream was churned into butter, then allowed to ferment. The ready-to-use buttermilk we buy today is similar, but is made by adding bacteria cultures to cow’s milk.

Did you know you can make buttermilk at home? The easiest way is to simply add 1 T fresh lemon juice or vinegar (white, apple cider or rice vinegar) to a cup of milk and stir. Allow it to stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes before using.

For tender, juicy meat, add buttermilk to marinades, or use it plain as a brine (hello, the world’s best fried chicken!). It also adds delicious tang and creaminess to salad dressings, sauces and dips. But that’s not all buttermilk can do – it’s the ultimate ingredient in fluffy, light bakes.

Try these 18 brilliant recipes starring buttermilk…


Smoked trout salad with ricotta fritters and buttermilk dressing recipeCrispy buttermilk-brined fried chicken recipeT-bone steak with buttermilk sauce and chakalaka recipeBeef koftas with beetroot hummus and charred pita bread recipeMexican corn-and-sausage salad recipeVegetable spaghetti slaw with buttermilk dressing recipeButtermilk, honey and smoked salt bread recipeTraditional fried chicken recipe


5 flavourful foodie gifts for Mother’s DayButtermilk rye crêpes Suzette with clementines recipeBlueberry-and-buttermilk ice cream recipeButtermilk fudge with bacon and pecans recipeButtermilk oat scones with strawberry jam and vanilla cream recipeButtermilk and vanilla panna cotta with syrupy strawberries recipeMarianas buttermilk cake with clementines recipe

Discover more cool and classic ways with buttermilk here.

Melissa Scheepers Article by: Melissa Scheepers

Woolworths TASTE’s online content producer has faced constant temptation since joining the team last year. When she’s not thinking about her next meal (it’s usually a variation of a cheese toastie), she’s researching the best cooking methods for her next article.

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