This homemade honey buttermilk bread recipe is so easy that even a beginner can do it! It has a velvety crumb with a slightly sweet flavor from the honey. The honey buttermilk bread loaf rises high and light — it’s perfect for kids (and adults) who only want the soft commercial kind! Images help you every step of the way.
For this recipe you’ll need: yeast, powdered ginger, sugar, buttermilk, honey, salt, baking soda, bread flour, unsalted butter. If you don’t happen to have buttermilk try the Amish White Bread — It’s a very similar recipe!
This honey buttermilk bread is so unbelievably light that it doesn’t seem like a loaf of homemade bread. It’s sweet but not too sweet – it makes a great sandwich no matter what the filling is. You can taste the honey but it’s not overpowering at all. The image shows three loaves but the recipe is for just two. I make six loaves at a time because they go so fast around here!
Watch the Process of Making Homemade Buttermilk Bread
What Is Buttermilk?
Real buttermilk is a thing of the past. It used to be the liquid that was left after churning butter but now it is a combination of skim milk and other ingredients with a culture added — something like yogurt. The ingredient list is generally pretty long and has a lot of stuff in it that is either unpronounceable or just icky. I like making my own. You can buy the starter online or you can use a little of the commercial buttermilk to start it. Yes, you’ll still get some of those icky ingredients but the amount is comparatively minute. Here is the post on how to make buttermilk if you haven’t seen it before. It’s so easy and you’ll be amazed at the difference in your baked goods. .
My dad used to drink this stuff. He’d add some salt an pepper and then drink it down. I couldn’t do it back then and I can’t do it now — but I do love what it does for tenderizing meat and making amazing baked stuff.
Status: Bread Baking Expert
I have been making bread for 40 years. It was a shock when I realized that the other day. It totally freaked me out! I do not identify with the idea of what a grandmother should look like, nor do I ever want to. Still, 40 years of bread baking is significant I think.
My mom didn’t bake. As I recall, I was lying on the couch one day, paging through a Seventeen magazine and they had a recipe for bread. I don’t know if they still publish recipes but they used to. I was bored, it seemed like a cool 70’s kind of thing to do, and why not? After all, the early 70s were all about artisan and handcrafted things.
In a lot of ways it wasn’t so different from how it is now. In fact, neither am I — there’s just more of me.
So I did it. I just followed the directions and there it was.
It was magical. The house smelled great and I had accomplished something I had never seen or done before. I’d never had homemade bread. Honestly, it was one of those moments that changed my life. It was an epiphany and would more or less guide my food life from that moment on.This homemade honey buttermilk bread recipe is so easy that even a beginner can do it! Click To Tweet
The result was delicious — I was hooked.
I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen much but my parents did make an exception for my bread making endeavors. By the time I was sixteen I spent my days off from work experimenting with sour dough, rye, wheat, salt rising, oatmeal, and almost any other yeast bread you can imagine.
Homemade buttermilk bread has always been one of my favorites because of the texture, flavor, and puffy lightness.
It’s kind of funny that I never baked a cake or cookies until after I was married, though. Talk about putting the cart before the horse, right?
You may want to take a look at this series on Yeast Bread Baking Tips and troubleshooting before you get started on your honey buttermilk bread adventure! Also – these tips on getting your bread to rise properly are what keep my breads high and light!
How to Knead Bread Dough by Hand
It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to knead dough by hand. A lot of people have asked me how to knead dough for homemade bread properly so I finally did a video to demonstrate the process.
- Flour your clean, smooth surface with a light dusting of flour.
- Turn out the dough onto the flour.
- Hold the dough down gently with your left hand and push it away from you with the heel of your right hand.
- Fold the dough back over itself.
- Turn the dough a quarter turn to the left.
You’ll repeat this over and over again, adding a little flour at a time if it gets too sticky. The dough is thoroughly kneaded when it is soft and pliable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bread Machine Baking
Many of you have asked about making this in a bread machine. One reader, Debbie, did so and she left this comment. I thought it might help.
Wonderful flavor, love this recipe…I wanted to let others know that I use my bread maker
I have cuisinart brand and I put all of the ingredients in on Dough cycle…when it
is finished I punch it down divide the dough in half roll the halves into a long oval
shape put in greased bread pans cover and let rise for 1-2 hours and bake at 400 degrees for 30 min. I have nerve damage in my hands and this allows me to have this wonderful bread. [No need to] buy store bought bread ! I did not alter the recipe.
Thank You for sharing!
High Altitude Baking
King Arthur Flour has some great tips for high altitude baking. The information about bread and yeast is at the bottom of the page.
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I like to buy a large quantity of yeast at one time. It’s much cheaper that way and it will last in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for a long time. You may not think you’ll go through that much but trust me… you will! I love my glass bread pans. I think the crust is much better when baked in glass. It’s a personal preference but if you want to try them I use the Pyrex ones.
Just a quick note… If you’ve wanted to learn to bake bread but it never comes out quite the way you think it should… you might like my new book, Bread BootCamp. It’s gotten great reviews! Not only does it contain this honey buttermilk bread recipe, there are recipes for batter breads, cinnamon rolls, whole wheat bread, and many more!Learning to bake bread can seem very intimidating and many would-be bakers quit in frustration.
Incremental approach – learning the techniques step by step so that by the end of the book you’ve mastered it. More importantly, you’ve had fun doing it!
Learning to bake bread can seem very intimidating and many would-be bakers quit in frustration. My ebook, Bread Boot Camp (above) teaches you to create tall, fluffy loaves of bread using an incremental approach – learning the techniques step by step so that by the end of the book you’ve mastered it. More importantly, you’ve had fun doing it! Some of my readers prefer a paperback version of Bread Bootcamp, (below) available on Amazon. This has less images due to cost constraints BUT all of the information is in there.
Homemade Honey Buttermilk Bread Recipe
Here’s that awesome honey buttermilk bread recipe! I really think you’ll love it – it’s the best bread ever! If you love this recipe please consider giving it a 5 star rating!
- 1 tablespoon/packet yeast I usually use 1 because I buy in bulk.
- 1 pinch powdered ginger
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup warm water 105F
- 2 cups warm buttermilk 105F
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 cups white bread flour divided use
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled so that it is warm to the touch but not hot.
In a medium sized bowl mix the yeast, ginger, sugar, and warm water.
Set aside for 5 minutes or until foamy.
Whisk the buttermilk, honey, salt, and baking soda together and add it to the yeast mixture.
Add three cups of flour and mix until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes on low of a stand mixer.
Pour in the butter until it is totally mixed into the batter.
Add the rest of the flour, one cup at a time, keeping mixer on low speed.
When dough pulls from the sides of the bowl remove it from the mixer to a lightly floured surface. Knead until elastic and smooth.
You can also knead in your mixer according to manufacturer's directions.
Place in greased bowl, turn to grease the top, and cover with a clean tea towel.
Allow the dough to rise for 1 1/2 hours, or until double.
Punch down and form into two loaves. Place in greased loaf pans and grease tops.
Cover, and allow to rise for 45 minutes, or until it is just about to the tops of the bread pans.
Preheat oven to 400F.
Bake for 30 minutes. You can cover the tops with foil if they brown too fast.
Remove loaves from oven and brush with melted butter.
Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes.
Gently run a knife around the edge between the bread and the pan to loosen it.
Turn out and cool completely on a rack.
Cover the loaves if you want soft crusts.
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