12 Recipes to Use Up That Leftover Buttermilk

When you have just a cup left, turn to muffins and chicken & dumplings

There are some basic pantry ingredients that if you’re a baker, you probably have on hand at any given time—flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and soda. And then there are those other ingredients you pick up for a specific recipe, and then end up with leftovers.

Buttermilk is one of those ingredients. So when you’re left with half a bottle of the stuff in your fridge, turn to these 12 recipes that call for a cup or less and you’ll never find yourself with a bottle of buttermilk that’s gone…well, more sour than it already is.

Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Pecans

Spices including cardamom, star anise, and ginger jazz up a morning oatmeal. Mix the dry ingredients ahead of time for an easier camp-side breakfast. Get the recipe for Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal with Dried Fruit and Pecans »

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

Buttermilk Cookie Salad

The addition of buttermilk in this ultra-retro dessert keeps it from being too cloying and renders cookie salad totally appropriate for the adult palate. Get the recipe for Buttermilk Cookie Salad »

Lafayette Gingerbread Cake

According to tradition, this gingerbread cake was made in the 1780s by George Washington’s mother for General Lafayette. Get the recipe for Lafayette Gingerbread Cake »

Banana-Oatmeal Muffins

Classic banana-nut muffins get a tangy boost from buttermilk and a hearty dose of oatmeal for a nutritionally-packed lunchbox (or breakfast) treat.
Crunchy, spicy jalapeño slaw tops this ultra-crisp fried chicken sandwich from Bakesale Betty in Oakland. Get the recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeño Slaw

Roti with Black Truffle-Sunchoke Ranch

This recipe comes from The Progress, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s San Francisco restaurant where family style is the only style, and every dish comes out with the same number of portions as diners in your group. It’s a brilliant concept, and so are these roti: flaky and charred, all the best qualities of pizza dough without the heft. The Progress serves them with a tangy buttermilk ranch infused with grated truffle and sunchoke oil, but even if you can’t spring for truffles, you should still make them.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

A North Fork Valley favorite in zucchini season, this moist chocolate cake gets its moistness from buttermilk.

Boston Cream Pie

Two layers of golden sponge cake sandwiching thick custard, all topped with a glossy layer of chocolate. Boston Cream Pie

Pecan Cream Cake

Pecan Cream Cake

Spiced Carrot Layer Cake

Orange juice and zest, cinnamon, and ginger add verve and depth to this sumptuous cake. Get the recipe for Spiced Carrot Layer Cake »

Winter Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Walnuts, apple, and sliced beet add crunch and flavor to this wintertime salad.