Can I use whole wheat flour instead of white flour to make buttermilk bread?

Yes, but whole wheat flour yields a denser loaf, so you may prefer using 3⁄4 of the amount of white flour in the buttermilk bread recipe. You will find the best amount that works perfectly by experience.

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buttermilk bread bread machine recipe

Emine Aslan January 20, 2024
Buttermilk Bread Bread Machine Recipe

Summary: Here is a buttermilk recipe with only six basic ingredients. It is so easy to make and so delicious to taste. Let’s bake it!

Tags: Buttermilk bread

Serving:12 for 2 lbs
Cook Time:3:05 hours
Prep Time:10 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 152

Old-fashioned buttermilk is the liquid left behind the butter churned, but today, it is made by fermenting pasteurized and homogenized milk. Buttermilk’s acidic structure helps dough quickly rise and produces more tender bakery goods. Its acidic structure is beneficial to break down gluten and proteins, which result in tender and fluffy products.

Buttermilk also brings protein and a variety of vitamins and minerals to bakery goods while adding very little fat. So, using buttermilk in bread recipes or other bakery goods, enhances not only the delicacy and tenderness but also the nutritional value of the product.

Now go down to the recipe below and make buttermilk bread for your loved ones today!

Tips for your bread maker:
Bread Machine Program: Basic (#1)
Delay Start Time Available: Yes
Color Option: Yes
Weight Option: Yes


  • Loaf size: 2 pounds (1000 grams)
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk (at room temperature)

  • 2 tablespoons butter (softened, cut into pieces)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups white bread flour

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast

  • Loaf size: 2½ pounds (1250 grams)
  • 1¾ cups buttermilk (at room temperature)

  • 3 tablespoons butter (softened, cut into pieces)

  • 1½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups white bread flour

  • 4 tablespoons sugar

  • 2¼ teaspoons instant dry yeast

  • Loaf size: 3 pounds (1500 grams)
  • 2 cups buttermilk (at room temperature)

  • 4 tbsp butter (softened, cut into pieces)

  • 2 teaspoon salt

  • 5 cups white bread flour

  • 5 tablespoons sugar

  • 2½ teaspoons instant dry yeast


  1. Open the lid of the bread maker and remove the pan from the machine by pulling it upward.

  2. Make sure the pan is clean and both kneading paddles are in place.

  3. Add all of the ingredients to the bread pan in the order listed.

  4. Put the bread pan back in the bread machine, pressing it down so that it clicks into its place, and close the lid.

  5. Plug the bread machine into an outlet and press the “Power” button to turn the machine on.

  6. Use the “Program” button to select program #1 for the basic cycle.

  7. Press the “Color” button to choose your desired crust color.

  8. Press the “Size” button to choose the weight of the loaf you are making. The time display will also change as you select the size of the bread since larger loaves take longer to cook.

  9. Press the “Start” button to start the bread-making cycle.

  10. The machine will let you know by making a beep sound once the bread-making cycle is finished. Open the lid at this time and remove the bread pan out by using a pot holder.

  11. If you do not remove the loaf immediately, the bread machine will automatically go into a warming cycle to keep the bread warm for one hour.

  12. After taking the bread pan out of the machine, flip the pan over and gently tap it to remove the bread. Make sure the kneading paddles are taken out of the bread loaf.

  13. Your buttermilk bread is ready.

  14. Slice it and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
28.1 grams
2.5 grams
4.1 grams
6 milligrams
235 milligrams
0.8 grams

    You can store buttermilk bread slices in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days and in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    You can freeze the leftover buttermilk bread slices as well. They feel as fresh as newly baked when you thaw and toast them.