Homemade Buttermilk Bread
If you have the right recipe for homemade bread, it’s a winner! Like for instance, this Homemade Buttermilk Bread recipe is so simple yet delicious. It’s perfectly moist, soft and a fantastic flavor that a fresh oven baked bread should have. Keep in mind that this bread should be eaten up within a week since it does not have any preservatives in it. If you still have any leftover bread that has gone stale after a week, you can always make bread pudding with it. Making homemade bread from scratch is a fantastic idea because not only is it healthier compared to the store bought ones but also free from sodium, artificial flavors and unwanted preservatives.
Sometimes we tend to get a bit nervous when you have to bake bread with yeast. But don’t worry, once you face your fears with yeast you’ll never go back to store-bought bread. The key to getting a homemade bread right is combining all the ingredients until well blended. The dough has to be at the right consistency which is not too dry or too sticky. The right way of getting a good dough consistency is by adding the wet ingredients slowly in several batches and keep checking for the consistency at the same time while blending. If your dough looks dry just add a splash of buttermilk or if it’s too sticky add extra flour until well mixed. You can either use hands to bend or a kitchen aid mixer, whichever is feasible for you. Keep in mind that if you want to use hands for blending, proper kneading is critical for good textured dough. One way of doing this is by using your knuckles to gently punch the dough and roll it between the heels of your palms. Always cover the dough by laying a plastic wrap over the bowl and let it rest until the dough rises and doubles in size. In the winter if it's somewhat challenging for the dough to rise due to lack of enough heat, you can turn on the oven for about 2-3 minutes. Switch it off and stick the bowl of dough inside the oven and let it rest. The heat generated in the oven will help the dough rise well. These are a few good tips that should help in baking a soft textured bread.
Buttermilk is such a wonderful ingredient for baking goods. The sourness in the buttermilk tenderizes the gluten in the flour and makes it wonderfully rise. A simple bread recipe that uses buttermilk yields a moist texture as well that regular bread does not have. If you don't have buttermilk handy, you can always make it at home using whole milk and either vinegar or lemon juice. To 1 cup of milk add one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice and let it sit for five minutes. The vinegar reacts with the milk and curdles resulting to buttermilk. You can use this for any baking recipes that call for buttermilk.
A simple bread recipe like this one makes it to the list of comfort food and a great option to fall back on whenever you want to bake a quick and easy bread recipe. Thank you to Jessica at the Butter With A Side of Bread food blog for sharing this Homemade Buttermilk Bread recipe with us. Do visit Jessica’s blog for more easy bread recipes or even savory recipes. This buttermilk bread recipe is great because of its simplicity and budget-friendliness. Everyone is going to like a bite of this soft cloud. Enjoy a slice with loved ones today!
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