Monday, April 30, 2012

Recipe: Dermie's Homemade Buttermilk

Every morning before breakfast I make bread; sometimes soda bread, sometimes popping the sourdough into the oven or other times when I am in a hurry I pop a quick buttermilk pancake on. The only buttermilk I use in my soda bread is the one I get from the local market. It is Belgooly Buttermilk, which comes from John & Mary's 'Feirm Ur' farm, in Belgooly a mere few short miles from Kinsale, Co. Cork.

The reason I only use their buttermilk is because it is the only buttermilk I can find which is made from full fat organic milk from their herd of 50 British Friesian Cows. The demand for their buttermilk is so high that it is often difficult to get your hands on a litre of it, even from the local shops in Belgooly, Co. Cork. When I find myself out of buttermilk, I make my own which makes very delicious buttermilk.

Shopping List:

1 Fresh Lemon
1 Pint of Organic Whole-milk


Pour the milk into to a Kilner Jar, add 4 tablespoons of lemon juice. Allow the milk to stand and let the juice gently curdle the milk for 45 minutes.

Place in the fridge until needed and it keeps for up to two days. As well as being delicious in soda bread, this homemade butter milk makes delightful fluffy breakfast pancakes served with a drizzle of maple syrup.

You can also substitute the lemon juice for white vinegar if you do not have a lemon to hand.