Make dishes delightful with buttermilk
Buttermilk is a truly magical ingredient. Traditionally referred to as ‘Grandma’s pro-biotic’, it is loaded with a variety of healthy bacteria that help your bodies flourish. From breakfast to dessert, buttermilk lends itself beautifully to every meal. You can add it to both sweet and savory dishes for a creamy, tangy goodness that is low in fat. So come, let us explore and discover a whole range of recipes that call for buttermilk!
Buttermilk for breakfast recipes
If you are planning to make scones for breakfast and you don’t have enough heavy cream or milk in the fridge, you can substitute it for buttermilk. You will still end up making tender, flaky and delicious scones.
Another scrumptious breakfast recipe is Buttermilk French Toast. We bet you had never thought of this. The mixture of buttermilk and eggs permeates into the bread, and what we get is a toast that is rich in the center, yet beautifully browned on both sides.
And who can forget the good old pancakes that we love to have for breakfast! Do you know the secret behind soft fluffy pancakes? No points for guessing that it’s buttermilk.
Buttermilk for baked recipes
Buttermilk combined with baking soda in a recipe is a baker’s dream! It is pure and simple- and yields a better flavour, better rise and better texture in baked recipes. It can transform plain baked dishes into moist and spongy confections. Many bakers turn to buttermilk for soft baked goods with great texture. It adds a delicate tenderness and lightness to various baked treats. When baking soda is combined with the lactic acids of buttermilk, the acid neutralizes the metallic taste of sodium carbonate. You can use buttermilk as a substitute for milk in pies, muffins, waffles and biscuits, and they are sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
Buttermilk for desserts and dressings
You can use buttermilk to lend a tangy flavour and silky texture to dressings as well as desserts.
Buttermilk is slightly thicker than regular milk, but not as thick as cream. Also, it is much lower in fat than regular milk and cream. It is a good idea to replace milk with buttermilk for healthier milkshakes, ice-creams and other sweet delicacies.
Why not give a miss to high-fat, high-calorie salad dressings, and drown your salad in something healthier. You can add a tangy and refreshing kick to your salad with buttermilk. Make your own low-fat buttermilk ranch dressing at home and enjoy it on salads or baked potatoes or use it as a dip for vegetables.
Buttermilk in non-vegetarian recipes
Buttermilk can transform a meat recipe into a melt-in-your-mouth masterpiece. It is a comfort food that makes for a terrific marinade in various non-vegetarian recipes. And we promise you’ll love the tangy tenderization that the buttermilk provides.
Buttermilk-soaked chicken pieces dredged in seasoned flour, and fried in hot oil until cooked and crisp is one snack recipe you’ll want to have again and again. All because buttermilk knows the trick as to how to make the chicken all moist and juicy!
Now that you know that buttermilk can be used as an ingredient in so many delicious dishes, it’s time you revive this lost super-food. Behold the beauty of buttermilk! Bon Appétit.