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Butter Swim Biscuits

These Butter Swim Biscuits feature a technique that involves baking homemade biscuit dough in a pool of melted butter, resulting in a crisp bottom and a rich, buttery flavor. Bake them in a hot oven until they’re fluffy and golden then serve them warm with a pat of butter and jam, a drizzle of honey, smothered with sausage gravy or alongside savory dishes like fried chicken or country ham at any meal.

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Easy Butter Swim Biscuits Recipe

There’s no wrong time of day to serve a fluffy Southern buttermilk biscuit. Southern butter biscuits are a quintessential staple of Southern cuisine, known for their tender, flaky texture and rich, buttery flavor. They’re typically made from simple ingredients including flour, baking powder, salt, butter or shortening or lard and buttermilk or whole milk often referred to as “sweet” milk. The exact origin of butter swim biscuits isn’t clearly documented but this hasn’t prevented them from becoming a beloved staple in Southern cooking. Biscuits make a versatile and comforting addition often served for breakfast or as a side dish with meals. How do you make Butter Swim Biscuits? (Scroll down for full printable recipe)

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Dry Ingredients – Use a whisk to sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Buttermilk – To the bowl add the buttermilk mixing until the sifted dry ingredients are fully moistened.
  • Prepare the Dish – Add 7 Tbsp melted butter to an 8×8 inch baking dish swirling to coat the bottom and sides.
  • Transfer Dough to Dish – Dollop the biscuit dough over the butter then use an offset spatula to spread the biscuit dough evenly into the dish. Drizzle the top with the reserved 1 Tbsp melted butter.
  • Score the Top – Use a sharp knife to score the dough into 9 equal squares.
  • Oven – Bake for 22-25 minutes or until puffed and the top is golden.
  • Let stand 5 minutes then cut along the scored lines into squares and serve.
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How to Make the BEST Butter Swim Biscuits Recipe

  • Key ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Butter Swim Biscuits: All purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, whole or low fat buttermilk, unsalted butter.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: Large mixing bowl, whisk, measuring cups and spoons, small bowl for melting the butter, nonstick rubber spatula or spoon, 9×9-inch or 8×8-inch baking dish and sharp knife.
  • The addition of sugar lends a balance to the biscuit dough but doesn’t make the biscuits sweet. It also gives them a lovely golden color.
  • What flour is best for making Southern biscuits? This varies from recipe to recipe as some recipes use all purpose flour and some call for self rising flour. This recipe uses all purpose flour with added leavening. I prefer White Lily Flour, but you can use your favorite brand if this isn’t’ available in your market.
  • You can use whole or low fat buttermilk for this recipe preferably not fat free for the richest flavor.
  • As demonstrated in the recipe, these butter swim biscuits are simple to make as they don’t require and rolling and cutting. The texture is tender and buttery by design and they’re cut into squares for serving similar to cornbread.
  • Butter Swim biscuits can be enjoyed at any meal. Serve them for breakfast stuffed with eggs and bacon or sausage, smothered with sausage gravy, simply buttered with jam or as a side dish for any meal as the house bread.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
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Butter Swim Biscuits

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Stand time5 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: best-butter-swim-biscuits, butter-swim-biscuits-recipe
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 260kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole buttermilk
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter melted divided use

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • In a medium bowl use a whisk to sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • To the bowl add the buttermilk mixing until the sifted dry ingredients are fully moistened.
  • Add 7 Tbsp melted butter to a 9×9-inch or 8×8-inch baking dish swirling to coat the bottom and sides.
  • Dollop the biscuit dough over the butter then use an offset spatula to spread the biscuit dough evenly into the dish. Drizzle the top with the reserved 1 Tbsp melted butter. Use a sharp knife to score the dough into 9 equal squares.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until puffed and the top is golden.
  • Let stand 5 minutes or until the butter is absorbed, then cut along the scored lines into squares and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 399IU | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 2mg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Wow you weren’t kidding bout your swim biscuit recipe… it’s about as de-constructed as they come. Perfect! And tomorrow’s dinner side dish project; I’m excited. Also greedy so a huge thanks for this recipe!

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