Rich and creamy buttermilk syrup recipe is an easy homemade syrup that's perfect on pancakes, waffles, or French toast!
It's made without corn syrup and is made from simple pantry staples.
The buttermilk gives this it a nice richness, but you can't taste it in the syrup. It just has a buttery-caramel-y flavor that is really delicious with pancakes, waffles, or French toast.
How to make homemade buttermilk syrup
Step 1: Add the buttermilk, sugars, and butter to a large, heavy saucepan.
Top tip >> Be sure that you use a larger saucepan to give yourself room because the syrup will foam and bubble up after the baking soda is added.
Step 2: Bring to a boil over medium heat.
Step 3: Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla and the baking soda.
Step 4: Let the syrup cool until it's warm. Stir as needed.
- Buttermilk - Whole milk or reduced-fat buttermilk will work.
- Brown sugar - Light or dark brown sugar will work. Dark brown sugar will give you richer syrup.
- Salted butter - If using unsalted butter, add ¼ teaspoon salt to the syrup.
- Storage - Store any leftover syrup in an airtight container in the fridge. The syrup will keep for up to 5 days when properly stored.
- Variations - Feel free to add more vanilla extract, a little maple extract, or a bit of cinnamon to change up the flavor.
Recipes that go well with this syrup
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- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ¾ cup brown sugar packed
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup salted butter
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- In a large, heavy saucepan with high sides, bring buttermilk, sugars, and butter to a boil over medium heat.
- Remove from heat and whisk in baking soda and vanilla. It will bubble up a lot, which is why you want to use a large saucepan with high sides.
- To serve, let cool to the point that it’s warm.
Originally published 1/28/12. Republished with updated tips and information on 4/18/22.