Bread Machine Honey Buttermilk Bread

Honey buttermilk bread and rolls

The Spruce

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 1 loaf
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
527 Calories
10g Fat
93g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 527
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 927mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 93g 34%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 150mg 12%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 251mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This honey buttermilk bread is an excellent bread machine loaf. Bread machines are countertop machines that run on electricity instead of gas like conventional ovens. If you live in a kitchen without an oven, are traveling, or simply want the ease and simplicity of an automated machine, a bread machine is the way to go. While bread machines are versatile, there are also ways that recipes can be tailored to success in these specific products. This recipe is one of them.

Honey and buttermilk give this yeast bread great flavor and texture, and it bakes up golden brown.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 3 cups bread flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, well shaken

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or caraway seeds, for garnish

  • 1 large egg white, mixed with 2 teaspoons water, for the egg wash

Steps to Make It

To Make a Loaf

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for honey buttermilk bread
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  2. Put all ingredients—yeast, flour, salt, buttermilk, butter, honey, and water—in the bread machine in the order suggested by the bread machine manufacturer. Choose basic or white bread and light or medium crust setting.

    Ingredients added to the bread machine
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  3. Use the dough cycle and shape the bread into a loaf.

    Dough forming in the bread machine
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  4. Place the loaf on a greased baking sheet or in a loaf pan and brush with an egg wash made with 1 large egg white and 2 teaspoons of water. If desired, sprinkle the loaf with sesame seeds. 

    Sesame seeds added to honey buttermilk bread dough
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  5. Bake at 375 F for about 30 minutes, or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped lightly on the bottom. Serve and enjoy.

    Freshly baked loaf of honey buttermilk bread
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To Make Rolls

  1. Put all ingredients—yeast, flour, salt, buttermilk, butter, honey, and water—in the bread machine in the order suggested by the bread machine manufacturer. Choose basic or white bread and light or medium crust setting.

    Ingredients added to the bread machine
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  2. Use the dough cycle.

    Dough forming in the bread machine
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  3. Then knead again, adding some flour if the dough is sticky. 

    Kneading honey buttermilk bread dough
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  4. Shape into rolls and allow to rise until doubled in bulk.

    Shaped honey buttermilk bread rolls placed on parchment
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  5. You can use an egg wash and sprinkle with seeds of your choice; sesame, poppy, or caraway.

    Seeds scattered on honey buttermilk rolls
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  6. Bake at 375 F until lightly browned. Serve and enjoy.

    Freshly baked honey buttermilk bread rolls on a wooden board
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Tips

  • An egg wash is used to help seeds stick and also to create a shiny surface.

Bread Flour vs. All-Purpose Flour In a Bread Machine

Out of bread flour? You probably have a substitute right in the pantry that will work—all-purpose flour! There's no need to worry about changing measurements, just use the same amount. The bread won't rise quite as high as it would with the bread flour, or be quite as dense, but it will turn out fine.