Swim Biscuits

Swim Biscuits: Bringing Back the Forgotten Biscuits Way

Have you ever made “Swim Biscuits”? It’s a very old recipe but I’m not sure just how old. When I first made them, I wasn’t sure that it would work like the recipe said it would work…but it did!Swim Biscuits


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups buttermilk
1 stick butter
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
4 tsp sugar


  • Preheat oven to 450˚F.
  • Mix dry ingredients: In a medium-sized basin, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
  • Combine with buttermilk: Next, add the buttermilk and combine all of the ingredients until a moist dough forms.
  • Melt the butter: Melt 1 stick of butter in a microwave-safe bowl, then pour it into an 8×8 or 9×9 dish. Make sure the pan is not too tiny or shallow to prevent the butter from dripping out when baking. I use a Pyrex glass dish.
  • Spread the dough: Place the dough directly on top of the melted butter and use a spatula to distribute it evenly across the pan, reaching the sides.
  • Cut the dough: Cut the unbaked dough (which should be covered in butter at this time) into nine even squares.
  • Bake till top is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.. Allow the butter to soak into the biscuits before cutting.


  • Savory Option: You may make these more savory by adding cheddar and chives. In that scenario, I would leave off most of the sugar.
  • Sweet Option: You could like to add blueberries or raisins.
    Best Enjoyed Fresh: The biscuits are robust, dense, and soft, and are best consumed on the day they are cooked.
  • Serving Suggestion: They create an excellent egg, sausage, cheese, and biscuit sandwich!
    Enjoy your homemade buttery biscuits!

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