Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Buttermilk Substitute

German confession: I don't know the word for 'buttermilk'. Fat free milk is 'fettarm milch'. But how often do you buy buttermilk?? Maybe often, if you're a big baker. Which I'm not (yet).

However, this past week was my baking bonanza! I know what you're thinking... I've said I'm not a baker in previous posts. I'm not, but I'm working on getting better. Plus, this was for a good cause, so I bucked up and did it.

I made 2 sets of cupcakes and 1 cookie recipe, all in one day. ONE DAY, people. I was freaking pooped by the end. But it was worth it. (more info and the recipes for the cupcakes later this week)

Alas, 1 of my cupcake recipes called for buttermilk. Since I don't know the German word for buttermilk, and I only needed 1 cup (Are you supposed to buy a whole carton? Seems like a lot of waste if you don't bake often), I used a standard buttermilk substitute recipe. I've used it before, and it works like a charm.

Buttermilk Substitute

1 cup regular milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix the two ingredients and let it sit for 5 minutes. Use in recipe as directed.

Easy peasy.

Guten appetit!


lisat said...

very cool! I had no idea you could do that. Do you have to use a certain milk (1%, 2%?)

laura said...


No. My understanding is that you can almost always use whole milk, reduced fat or non-fat milk in recipes interchangeably. I use non-fat, simply because it's what we drink and have in the house. Happy baking!

Anonymous said...

FYI :-) Buttermilk is "Buttermilch" in German...

Laura said...

Thanks anonymous! That seemed way too easy.