Love These Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

I love breakfast muffins so I wanted to find you some recipes that I just think you might love to make for your family or friends to have for that fantastic breakfast or brunch treat, so how about trying out these Irish Soda Bread Muffins … look so good

So why not get on that apron and have fun making these muffins


A muffin is an individual-sized, baked quick bread product. Muffins in the United States are similar to cupcakes in size and cooking methods, the main difference being that cupcakes tend to be sweet desserts using cake batter and which are often topped with sugar frosting.


About Muffins 

Muffins originally come from England. The term “muffin” appeared for the first time in 1851 in a British magazine, the “London Labour”. However, this kind of muffin was a sweet yeast-based pastry product that is different than from what we know today. The “muffin man”, a kind of tradesman who purchased muffins for resale from the local baker in the mornings and early afternoons already existed in the last century. With his bell he praised the freshly fragrant pastry to the tea-loving British. His distinctive characteristic was that he carried his sales tray on his head. In Victorian England, muffins were already one of the most popular national pastries.

With the stream of emigrants from Europe, muffins also found their new home in the land of boundless opportunities. How did the transition from a yeast pastry to a simple batter biscuit come about? This question remains unanswered, but there might be a plausible explanation: Could it be that the first American pioneers did not have yeast at their disposal?! The USA and Canada are fast moving countries. American housewives do not like to spend endless hours in the kitchen – everything has to be done quickly. Therefore, muffins are a kind of fast-food pastry.

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So who says Irish soda bread HAS to be made in a round or loaf pan? These coffee-break-sized muffins, bursting with tiny sweet currants and a hint (or a hit, your choice) of caraway, are the perfect offering for St. Patrick’s Day — particularly if you’re looking to celebrate with something other than corned beef and cabbage!

This is not at all a traditional Irish soda bread, which would be simply made with whole-wheat flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. Thoroughly Americanized, these muffins have traveled a long, long way from their Irish origin — as have most of us Irish-Americans.



  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups currants (first choice) or raisins
  • 1/2 to 2 teaspoons caraway seeds, to taste
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk, yogurt, or sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted; or 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • sparkling white sugar, for topping





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