November 17, 2009
Mr. Onepot considers buttermilk unspeakably vile. You should see how he gags when he walks into the kitchen to see me chugging it straight from the bottle in front of the open fridge!
…Ok, perhaps I should apologize for imprinting that image onto your visual cortex. Let’s start over. Obviously, buttermilk is delicious. But, even if you’re of the school of thought that considers it to be a no-good, very-bad dairy abomination when consumed in its unadulterated form, surely you’ve tried baking with it? Something like this, perhaps:
- 1/2 cup warm water (30 seconds in the microwave will do the trick)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 2 cups white flour + 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- Combine the honey, water, and yeast; let them get all warm and bubbly for 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients and knead until it’s all combined.
- Let your dough rest for ~45 minutes in a warm place. Punch it down and return it to its resting spot for another 30 minutes or so.
- Shape your loaf into a jolly boule. Don’t forget to oil/butter the top.
- Bake for ~50 minutes on 400F, on wax paper or in a greased baking pan.
- Meet pure happiness:
Oh, and you probably shouldn’t tell your sister that you’ll bring her half a loaf of bread the next day… because if she doesn’t know about it, how is she going to miss it? Just sayin’.