Buttermilk Bread Recipe

Category Recipe Title Prep Time Rise Time Bake/Cook Time Total Time
Basic Bread Buttermilk Bread 10 min 20 min 40 min 70 min


About this Recipe

By: Tia Schroeder

This recipe was submitted by one of our customers and it has been loved by many. If you like buttermilk then this is a recipe you should try!   


  • 5 cups white unbleached bread flour
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Saf-Instant Premium Yeast
  • 2 tsp Liquid Soy Lecithin
  • 3/4 cup hot/warm water
  • 3 cups warm buttermilk

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup toasted wheat germ (optional)

It is very important that you use bread flour. Do not use all-purpose flour for this recipe. You can substitute almost any sweetener for the sugar such as honey or brown sugar at a 1:1 ratio. The Saf-Instant Premium Yeast and the Liquid Soy Lecithin can be purchased in the Homemade Bread Bundle or the Homemade Pizza Bundle

FYI: Warm buttermilk will appear curdled.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix dry ingredients. (yeast is a dry ingredient)

Step 2

To avoid a mess, make 2 dimples in dry ingredients with tsp. Squeeze the lecithin into the bottom of the dimples about the size of a quarter. Add honey and mix.

Step 3

While mixing add the buttermilk and butter. Beat until smooth. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour or water to make a soft dough smooth and elastic.

Step 4

Place on a greased surface, turning once to grease top. Divide into thirds. Divide each portion into thirds; shape each into a 12-in. rope. Braid three ropes; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Place in a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Repeat with remaining dough. 

Step 5

Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20-25 minutes. 

Step 6

Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Yield: 3 loaves (12 slices each).

People Who’ve Made This

“I’m no baker so if I can make this bread then anyone can do it. This is so fast and easy!”

Cory R.

I love making bread, but don’t like the time involved sometimes. This stuff is great. I can’t believe I can make delicious bread in under a hour. It is also so easy to use.

Lindsey F.

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