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

Spiced Buttermilk Oatmeal
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.Andre Baranowski
Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

This dish from Andrea Reusing of the restaurant Lantern, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, highlights the flavor of heritage chicken.Laura Sant
Buttermilk Cookie Salad

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.Matt Taylor-Gross
Lafayette gingerbread cake

Lafayette Gingerbread Cake

According to tradition, this gingerbread cake was made in the 1780s by George Washington's mother for General Lafayette.Ingalls Photography
Banana-Oatmeal Muffins

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.Maxime Iattoni
Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeño Slaw

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeño Slaw

The chicken in this sandwich, from Alison Barakat of Bakesale Betty in Oakland, gets dredged once in buttermilk and twice in flour, which ensures a crisp coating. Add the crunchy, spicy jalapeño slaw right before serving.Joseph De Leo
Roti with Black Truffle-Sunchoke Ranch

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.Farideh Sadeghin
Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

A North Fork Valley favorite in zucchini season, this moist chocolate cake gets its moistness from buttermilk.Farideh Sadeghin
boston cream pie recipe

Boston Cream Pie

There's an unwavering appeal to the Boston Cream Pie's two layers of golden sponge cake sandwiching thick custard, all topped with a glossy layer of chocolate.Penny de los Santos

Pecan Cream Cake

Pecan Cream Cake
Packed with coconut and pecans and covered in cream cheese frosting, this cake is a specialty of Georgia home cook Cile Ellis.Landon Nordeman
Spiced Carrot Layer Cake

Spiced Carrot Layer Cake

Orange juice and zest, cinnamon, and ginger add verve and depth to this sumptuous cake.Todd Coleman
Winter Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Winter Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

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