Butter Swim Biscuits

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Butter Swim Biscuits – soft and tender buttermilk biscuits baked in butter. They get a crispy golden crust, and a soft and buttery center.

I love biscuits of pretty much any kind. It first started with my Easy Biscuit Recipe that is a must, and like the name says, just so darn easy! But then you also have the classic Buttermilk Biscuits that you roll out the dough and cut into rounds.

Biscuits can be tricky, but this is one of those fool-proof recipes, with no rolling, no kneading, no special cutters….anyone can make these!

biscuit topped with jelly on a white plate

 

Butter Swim Biscuits

So what are these? They are a biscuit that you bake in an 8 inch baking dish, and they are literally swimming in butter. Instead of cutting the butter into the flour like traditional biscuits, you just melt it in the pan and bake the biscuits in the butter.

The batter just absorbs it as it cooks, you can get perfect biscuit. Plus you get these crispy, golden, buttery edges that are just incredible. I first saw this recipe over at Simply Texas when I first started blogging, and I just had to try them. Not sure how it took me so long to actually put the recipe on here though.

butter swim biscuit ingredients

What You’ll Need

  • Butter
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Kosher Salt
  • Buttermilk

Don’t have buttermilk? Don’t worry you can make your own! Mix 2 cups of milk with 3 Tablespoons white vinegar. Stir and let it stand for 5 minutes before using in the recipe.

biscuit dough and melted butter in baking dish

How To Make Butter Swim Biscuits

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  1. Preheat your oven to 425º. Cut the butter into cubes and place in the bottom of your 8 inch baking dish. When the oven is almost hot, add the pan to the oven and let it melt the butter and heat up the pan. Be careful not to let the butter burn.
  2. Meanwhile whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt until combined.
  3. Pour in buttermilk, and use a wooden spoon to mix together. Just don’t overwork the dough, as soon as it comes together it is good.
  4. Pour into the baking dish with the melted butter.
  5. Use a knife to cut the dough into 9 biscuits. This allows the butter to seep into the cracks and not just stay on the edges.
  6. Bake for 25-28 minutes until golden brown and the biscuits are cooked through.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes, for the butter to absorb into the biscuits before cutting to serve.
baked butter swim biscuits in baking pan

How To Store Biscuits

If you have biscuits leftover you simply need to cover with plastic wrap or foil and store for 2-3 days at room temperature. You can store in the fridge for 3-4 days. They are best served warm, so can reheat one in the microwave or put the pan back in a warm oven to heat them.

Did you know you can Freeze Biscuits? Once they are completely cool it is best to wrap each one individually and then store in an airtight container. Then you can just take one out and let it thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter. A great addition to breakfast on a busy morning.

a biscuit on a spatula over the pan

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • These really are best served warm, so don’t make them too far ahead. You want to let them set for 5-10 minutes after they come out of the oven, but after that they are good to go.
  • Serve topped with Mixed Berry Jam or make them for your favorite biscuits and gravy recipe. Or use them in a Sausage & Egg Breakfast Sandwich. So many great possibilities.
  • This is a basic buttery biscuit, but you could mix up the flavors! Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheese or add chopped jalapenos, mix in your favorite herbs – lots of ways to mix these up to match what you are serving them with.
  • Try to use aluminum free baking powder if you can find it. Most baking powders in the US contain trace amounts of aluminum, and to some people that can give it a bitter or strange after taste. Most of the time you can’t detect it, but when it is in a recipe like this without a lot of other flavors, sometimes people will notice it.
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4.75 from 4 votes

Butter Swim Biscuits

By Erin
Butter Swim Biscuits – soft and tender buttermilk biscuits baked in butter. They get a crispy golden crust, and a soft and buttery center.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 9

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk, see notes

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 425º. Cut the butter into cubes and place in the bottom of your 8 inch baking dish. When the oven is almost hot, add the pan to the oven and let it melt the butter and heat up the pan. Be careful not to let the butter burn.
  • Meanwhile whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt until combined.
  • Pour in buttermilk, and use a wooden spoon to mix together. Just don't overwork the dough, as soon as it comes together it is good.
  • Pour into the baking dish with the melted butter.
  • Use a knife to cut the dough into 9 biscuits. This allows the butter to seep into the cracks and not just stay on the edges.
  • Bake for 25-28 minutes until golden brown and the biscuits are cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes, for the butter to absorb into the biscuits before cutting to serve.

Notes

If you don't have buttermilk mix 2 cups milk with 3 Tablespoons white vinegar and let it stand for 5 minutes before using.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 602mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Side Dish Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Calories: 247
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4 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to make these! I love biscuits, so I’m eager to try this recipe. So much butter! Om nom nom.