Homemade bread–there really is nothing better! I love to make bread–the smell of the yeast, the feel of the dough–its just very soothing. My newest love–Buttermilk Bread. Honestly I had only really used the buttermilk in biscuits or in Irish soda bread. I saw this recipe on a post from Fullbellies. I became intrigued enough to try it.It is essentially their recipe with just a couple minor changes.
1 cup water
3 Tbs butter
1/2 cup water
1 package active dry yeast ( or a shy Tbs if from a jar)
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tbs honey
1 Tbs sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
6 cups bread flour
1-In a small sauce pan heat water and butter and allow butter to melt. Set aside and cool.
2-In a small bowl dissolve yeast in water, set aside.
3-I use a Kitchenaid mixer with the paddle blade but just use a large bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer. In bowl add buttermilk, honey, sugar, salt and vinegar, mix on low to combine. Add butter water and yeast water to mix.
4- Start adding flour 1 cup at a time until combined. At 5 cups it will be stiff, switch to the dough hook if using the Kitchenaid mixer,or start kneading in the remaining cup of flour by hand by putting the dough on a floured surface.
5-Knead for about 5 minutes (either by hand or with dough hook)–it should be smooth and elastic at this point.
6-Placed in a large bowl (glass works best) coated with nonstick or butter and allow to rise in a draft free spot for about 45 minutes. Cover with a dish towel.
It is ready to work with when it is doubled in size.
7-Punch down and turn onto a floured surface. Divide in two and roll out/stretch with your hands to get out extra air bubbles.
Starting at the end closest to you and roll up, tucking ends underneath. Place in a bread pan coated with nonstick or butter. Cover and allow to rise another 30-45 minutes. Halfway through rise time preheat the oven to 375*F.
8-Melt 1 tbs butter–optional but it gives it a nice crust- and brush on tops of breads. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool in pans 10 minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack.