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Homemade Buttermilk Bread

I frequently buy buttermilk to make Buttermilk Pancakes and I too often find that I have a half empty carton in my refrigerator that is very near its expiration date. Homemade Buttermilk Bread is a quick, easy, and delicious way to use up your Buttermilk.

Homemade Buttermilk Bread


It is a rich bread with a little sweetness and it is wonderful served plain, as a side to a bowl of chili, smothered with jam, or used in bread pudding. I have a recipe using it in bread pudding coming tomorrow.

Homemade Buttermilk Bread

The half of cup of sugar in this bread puts it right in that sweet spot where it goes well with savory foods, but add some whipped cream and berries and you could easily turn it into a dessert.

The buttermilk gives it a little tang which helps balance the sugar.

Homemade Buttermilk Bread

There’s no yeast needed. No kneading either. This is your basic quick bread recipe. Stir all of the ingredients in a bowl, dump the batter into a loaf pan, place in the oven, and 45 minutes later you are rewarded with a warm, golden loaf of bread.

It doesn’t seem like that little effort should result in something so positively delicious!

Homemade Buttermilk Bread

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Homemade Buttermilk Bread

Homemade Buttermilk Bread

Homemade Buttermilk Bread is an easy quick bread with a fabulous taste. A little bit sweet with a touch of tanginess from the buttermilk.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
TOTAL: 50 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9X5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, and butter.
  • Pour liquid ingredients into dry and stir until flour is incorporated. Do not overmix. Batter will look shaggy.
  • Scrape batter into prepared pan and spread to corners. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until golden on top.
  • Cool 15 minutes before slicing.


Calories: 186kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American

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Recipe Source: The Kitchn

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16 thoughts on “Homemade Buttermilk Bread”

  1. I had a carton of buttermilk that was about a week past the date on the carton in the fridge, so the timing of finding this recipe was absolutely perfect. I added a 1/4 cup of dried blueberries to the batter. I tossed them in a little flour first to prevent them from sinking. I’m baking the bread in a glass loaf pan so I lowered the oven temp to 325 and will check it at the 45 minute mark and see if it needs additional time. I can’t wait to try a slice after lunch.

  2. The BEST homemade buttermilk bread recipe!!! Easy & yummy! I was looking for a yeast-free recipe. So glad I came across this one! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kelly L Buchmiller

    Ive made this many times adding some stuff here and there or making it as is. This bread is amazing!

  4. Hi. Just put into oven your bread recipe. Left it free form instead of using a pan. Will let you know how it comes out. Butter seized when adding milk and egg?

  5. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    I always have extra buttermilk lying around too. I’ve actually taken to making “homemade” buttermilk by doing the whole acid+milk thing, which seems to work pretty well. But this bread looks so lovely and moist, I wish I had leftover buttermilk now to try it this weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€ Guess I’ll have to pick some up.

  6. Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble

    You totally and completely had me at no kneading and no yeast. yippie! This looks so delicious. I just spotted that caramel apple bread at the bottom of the post.. Holy moly that looks amazing!

  7. I can imagine that this bread is delicious even just plain ๐Ÿ™‚ I would probably have it straight from the oven ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    This bread is a fantastic idea! I love that you figured out a way to use leftover buttermilk!

  9. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I KNOW I would love this bread. I love items made with buttermilk. Somehow my taste buds can pick up
    a special essence that is extra pleasurable. Great recipe.

  10. Nicole - Coking for Keeps

    I just love your recipes, seriously, every single one. I can’t even imagine how delicious this is what soft butter spread all over it!

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