Buttermilk Loaf

Because buttermilk adds a slight tang, recipes such as this are often used to mimic sourdough.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 2 hours 40 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 1⁄4 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 3⁄4 tsp. active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. plus 1⁄8 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 cups bread flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water


  • In a large bowl, combine the water, sugar, and yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  • Add buttermilk, 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt, butter, and 1 cup flour; stir to combine. Add enough remaining flour to create a firm dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 8 to 10 minutes. Return to bowl, dust the top lightly with flour, and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  • Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with pan spray, and line the bottom and short sides with a strip of parchment. Turn risen dough onto a floured surface and shape into an oblong loaf. Place into prepared pan, seam-side down. Set aside to proof for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Whisk egg with a tablespoon of water and remaining salt, and brush lightly over risen loaf. Bake until golden brown and hollow sounding, about 30 to 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pan, and cool completely on a rack.