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Favorite Buttermilk Bread

"Crusty on the outside and tender on the inside, this bread is my family's all-time favorite," reports Michele Surgeon of Medford, Oregon. "Honey helps the crust bake up golden brown, wheat germ adds extra nutrition and the wonderful flavor will likely make it your family's standard for homemade bread, too."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 6 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 cups warm buttermilk (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 9 to 10 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add buttermilk, butter, honey, salt, baking soda, wheat germ and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a heavily floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; divide into thirds. Divide each portion into thirds; shape each into a 12-in. rope. Braid three ropes; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Place in a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Editor's Note
Warmed buttermilk will appear curdled.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 183 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • Ashaline
    Jan 14, 2013

    This bread is so comfy and delicious. I love to eat it with stew and pot roast, but it is good anytime!

  • mjceml6
    Nov 17, 2012

    fantastic bread, I usually swap out 1/3 to 1/2 white flour for wheat and it's still fine grained and light.

  • Kym Ray
    Sep 3, 2012

    This bread is very good. I like to also make it into soup bowls. Takes a bit more time than my standard white and wheat bread, but it is worth it! YUM!

  • cee-jay
    Jul 14, 2011

    Do you think this can this be made with dry buttermilk?

  • katlaydee3
    Oct 26, 2010

    This was one of the best breads I have ever made. Loved it!!!!