Recipes That Use Buttermilk

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Have some extra buttermilk leftover from a recipe that you’ve made? Here are some yummy recipes that use buttermilk that you can add to your collection when you need something to avoid food waste!

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Recipes that Use Buttermilk

I use buttermilk for a wide variety of recipes. I usually have a lot leftover from making homemade butter, but when I’m not making butter I use powdered buttermilk that I reconstitute.

There are so many delicious recipes that use buttermilk that you are going to want to run out to the store and grab some buttermilk if you don’t already have some. However, it’s extremely easy to make your own (even when you aren’t making butter), so be sure and scroll all the way down to the bottom of this blog post to find out how to make some if you don’t already have some in your fridge.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that use buttermilk!

Chocolate Buttermilk Bread

This recipe for Chocolate Buttermilk Bread had to make the top of my list because it’s just so good. You won’t know whether you should eat this for breakfast or for dessert!

Buttermilk Pancakes or Waffles Mix

This recipe is for a bulk Buttermilk Pancake Mix and actually calls for powdered buttermilk. But since that ingredient can be hard to find, I often leave it out of the recipe and use fresh liquid buttermilk instead when I’m making these pancakes or waffles. So yummy and so easy since it’s a make-ahead mix!

Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin + Cream Cheese = Yum. I love just about anything made with this combo! And I will be honest…I don’t just bake with pumpkin in the fall, I’m such a pumpkin lover that I like to make recipes like these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins year around.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Skip the canned biscuits from the store and go fresh next time. These simple Buttermilk Biscuits will remind you why you love to cook from scratch. They are so easy to make and yet they can be the perfect addition to almost any meal.

Rhubarb Cake Recipe

Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake Recipe

Have an abundance of rhubarb? Fresh or frozen? Maybe even some Canned Rhubarb? Your family is going to love this Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake recipe! It can be made with or without the extra drizzle topping but it’s highly recommended for all those that have tried this cake.

Cranberry Orange Mini Loaves

This is a delicious quick bread that your family will enjoy any time of year. These Cranberry Orange Mini Loaves use 2 cups of buttermilk so they are a great way to use a lot of buttermilk if you happen to have a lot of extra on hand.

Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Here’s another simple and delicious breakfast food that you can make with buttermilk! This Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake is a tasty breakfast or brunch that pairs perfectly with a warm cup of coffee.

More Ways to Use Buttermilk

  • Add it into smoothies.
  • Add it into soups.
  • Replace the milk with buttermilk when making french toast.
  • Replace half the milk called for in a simple quiche recipe with buttermilk.
  • Use it in Cornbread (replace the whey in my recipe).

How to Freeze Buttermilk

If you simply have too much buttermilk to use before it goes bad, you can always freeze it to use later. My favorite way to freeze products like cream and buttermilk is using the ice cube method. You can see my tutorial for this here: Making Cream Cubes.

How to Make Buttermilk

Now if all this post has done is make you hungry for these yummy recipes and you DON’T have buttermilk at home, here’s a simple tutorial (takes 5 minutes!) on How to Make Buttermilk at home.

What are some of your favorite recipes that use buttermilk?

This blog post with Recipes that Use Buttermilk was originally published on Little House Living in May 2011. It has been updated as of January 2019.

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  1. This post is such perfect timing for me! I made butter for the first time last weekend and I was wondering what I should do with the buttermilk!