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Irish Soda Bread Muffin Recipe

Irish Soda Bread Muffin Recipe

Irish soda bread is traditionally made in a loaf shape, but these muffins have the same terrific flavor with buttermilk, caraway seeds and currants.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup dried currants or raisins


Calories Per Serving471

Folate equivalent (total)144µg36%

Riboflavin (B2)0.4mg21.2%

  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2-1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.

Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add 1 1/2 cups buttermilk. Stir with a wooden spoon until all the flour is incorporated. The dough should be soft but not too wet. If necessary, add additional buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough absorbs all of the flour. Use your hands to help the dough come together, if necessary. Using an ice cream scoop or a 1/4-cup measure, divide the dough among the prepared muffin cups.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

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Confession: if I find myself at the end of a rainbow, I still look for the pot of gold, just like I did when I was a kid. Wishful thinking, I guess.

Now that these Irish soda bread muffins are all gone – gobbled up in a flash – I think I’d be equally okay with finding another basket of these at the end of a rainbow. Okay, fine, maybe the muffins alongside a 5 1/2 quart round soleil Le Creuset french oven with even just a handful of gold pieces thrown in. What, I can’t be specific about the pot?!

But I digress. Irish soda bread muffins. Yes, yes.

I adore my Irish soda bread this time of year, but a couple of days ago, I was craving something a little different. So these muffins came into being.

With their caraway seeds, raisins (currants would have been better, but I was out), and a just-right, subtle amount of sweetness, I was actually surprised by how much these muffins resembled little versions of the real thing. Except they’re moist and spongy, and sport a cute paper liner, and boast a crunchy coarse sugar topping.

These are more dense than your typical muffin, which had me a little worried when I first pulled them out of the oven. But they were just perfect. A muffin-bread hybrid in the best possible way.

I say take a couple, slather them with butter, and then go find a rainbow. I’d like to think it’s never too late to wish for something extraordinary at the end.

I adapted these muffins from King Arthur Flour. Have you visited their website and browsed their recipes? If not, go, go! They’ve got a gazillion on their site. I could get lost for hours in a big ol’ puff of flour.

How Many Calories and WW Points in these Soda Bread Muffins?

According to my calculations, each muffin has about 181 calories and:

9 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
9 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
9 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
5 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

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More recipes for St. Patricks’ Day

Are you baking for St. Patrick’s Day? There are few recipes you should try. To start, try a whole Irish soda bread fit to serve a clan. It goes great with stews and soups! If you’re more of a breakfast person, you can’t go wrong with Irish cream coffee cake or Guinness chocolate donuts.

If you prefer something sweeter, try my chocolate stout cupcakes or chocolate whoopie pies. They both use Bailey’s Irish cream frosting!

Irish soda bread muffins are a versatile treat for St. Patrick’s Day. You can serve them at breakfast or as snack or even with dinner! What will you serve these muffins with? Let me know in the comments and please leave a review if you enjoyed the recipe!

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How to make Irish Soda Bread in 4 Steps

This bread recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make! Seriously, you will never want to buy a loaf of soda again when you see how simple it is. The bread can be left as a whole loaf, however, I cut mine into 16 parts, rolled it into balls then baked it in a lightly floured muffin tin. Great for the freezer afterwards and the best school lunch EVER!

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together – if you are adding extras so it here (cheese and onion, frozen berries, fresh berries) or just leave as plain.
  2. Stir in buttermilk until dough comes together.
  3. Cut dough into 16 parts then gently roll each one into a ball.
  4. Add to a muffin tin and bake for 25 minutes.

Steps to make Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Preheat oven and prepare muffin tray

Preheat the oven to 400 °F and line a muffin tray with paper liners.

Combine dry ingredients

In a large bowl, combine 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup raisins, ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons of white sugar, 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda.

Combine wet ingredients

In a small mixing bowl, whisk 1¾ cup of buttermilk and 1 egg until combined then stir into the flour mixture.

Add butter

Pour in ¼ cup of melted butter and fold into the batter.

Spoon batter into the paper liners in the muffin tray and then bake in the preheated oven for about 20-30 minutes until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


Cool for a few minutes before enjoying warm or at room temperature!

What do you think of this Irish Soda Bread Muffins recipe? Would you usually make bread this way or do you prefer a traditional yeast method? Let us know and tag #cookmerecipes in your own posts online!

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Soda bread muffins make SENSE

While I can&rsquot argue that a traditional soda bread loaf is delicious, I do have to say that I favor mine in this muffin form! I can&rsquot wait to enjoy them with my corned beef in just a couple of weeks.

I think I am a pretty fair judge of the Irish flavors if I do say so myself&hellip after all, my families roots date back to Irish blood for decades. I even have the porcelain skin, freckles and auburn hair to prove it 🙂

Anyways, back to these scrumptious muffins! No kneading, half the cook time, shredded Irish cheddar, and individual portions are just a few of the reasons why they make more sense than the traditional soda bread.

Irish Soda Muffins

It’s officially March! Spring is on the horizon along with the holidays of St. Patrick’s day and also Easter. I don’t know about you, but we are eager for Spring….the warmer temperature, the shining sun and nature begins to come back to life. We see the color green return. Ah, yes – green….a reminder of St. Patrick’s Day. A fun traditional Irish holiday that started based on a fascinating man named Patrick. Click to learn more about the story of Patrick and why we celebrate every year on March 17th. It will give you insight and a greater appreciation of this annual holiday other than just clovers, parades and wearing green.

I do not have much Irish in my blood line, but that doesn’t stop us from celebrating! Each year on St. Patrick’s day I try to dabble into some classic Irish recipes and fun green desserts. Below is a delicious twist on classic Irish Soda bread. These Irish Soda Muffins are dense, moist and actually a perfect addition to meals year round (I occasionally make these instead of corn bread muffins) eat them plain, slathered in butter or dipped in honey…whatever your preference, it’s sure to be delicious!