How to Substitute Cream for Buttermilk

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How to Substitute Cream for Buttermilk
Buttermilk is used in a variety of simple baking recipes such as these biscuits. (buttermilk biscuits image by Karin Lau from

Any baker can forget to buy buttermilk at the store. Luckily, there are several substitutes for buttermilk that you can find in your refrigerator. Double cream needs to be curdled a bit to attain a properly sour flavour. There's no need to worry about baking with curdled cream, as long as the curdling is controlled. This can be done with just a bit of lemon juice or vinegar. Sour cream also works as a buttermilk substitute.

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Things you need

  • 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 cup double cream
  • 1 cup sour cream

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  1. 1

    Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of double cream, or adjust this ratio to the amount of buttermilk called for in a recipe. Stir well.

  2. 2

    Allow the cream to sit for five minutes to slightly curdle. Use the curdled cream as a substitute for the buttermilk in your recipe.

  3. 3

    Use 1 cup of sour cream as a substitute for 1 cup of buttermilk if lemon juice or vinegar are not available.

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