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Two-Loaf Buttermilk Bread Recipe

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Slice of buttermilk bread, spread with butter
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The buttermilk in this bread recipe gives the bread a rich texture and buttery flavor. You can use either fresh buttermilk or buttermilk powder. The rich taste is the same for either type of buttermilk. If you can’t get a hold of buttermilk, mix one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon with one cup milk.

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes


  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup water and 4 tbsp buttermilk powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 6 cups bread flour


  1. In small saucepan, heat 1 cup water and 3 tbsp butter over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool until warm.

  2. In small bowl, add 1/2 cup warm water and the dry yeast. Stir yeast until it is dissolved. Set bowl aside and continue with the next step.

  3. In large bowl, mix buttermilk, honey, sugar, salt, and vinegar. When the butter water is warml to the touch, pour into large bowl. Add yeast water.

  4. Begin adding bread flour one cup at a time. When the dough is too stiff to mix with the wooden spoon, about 5 cups, turn out onto a floured board.

  5. Knead in the remaining flour until the dough is firm and smooth. Put dough in a buttered bowl and flip dough so that the top of it is lightly buttered. Cover and let rise until double in size, about 45 to 60 minutes.

  6. Punch down dough and turn out onto floured board. Knead bubbles out of dough. Divide dough into to equal halves.

  7. Preheat oven 375 degrees F. Form dough into two loaves. Place in buttered bread pans. Cover and let rise until double in size, about 30 to 45 minutes.

  8. Melt 1 tbsp of butter. Brush butter on to bread tops. Using a sharp knife, make three light slashes across the bread tops. Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans and let cool on a rack or dishtowel.
User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
The best bread I've ever made!, Member amyluvslif2

I am somewhat new to bread making and absolutely loved this recipe. It was nice that it made 2 loaves since it's very time consuming (and the first loaf went in less than 24 hours). My whole family (even my picky pre-teen) raved about how wonderful this bread was. I used 1% Buttermilk and the bread came out light and creamy soft. I also added a boiler pan that I filled with boiling water during oven preheat (I put the pan on a separate shelf directly under the center position) and I got an amazing oven rise well over the top of the bread pans!

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