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Irish Soda Bread Muffins

I talk a lot about my Italian ancestry and the food that surrounds it, but I also have Irish in there from my Mom's side.   We didn't eat any Irish food growing up that I can recall, so I went on a recipe search.  Irish soda bread kept catching my eye.  Even though I've mostly worked through my fear of yeast, I loved that baking soda is used as a leavening agent instead.   I found these on the Taste of Home site, and since muffins are always a huge hit here, I put the ingredients on the shopping list.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find the currants, I substituted dried cranberries instead. I sprinkled the tops with raw sugar instead of regular, I just love the crunch it gives.  I was hesitant about the caraway.  I've had resistance in the past from my guys when I've made things with anise,  which is a similar flavor profile. These were a huge hit with everyone.   The caraway isn't overwhelming, and I love the texture of the muffins.

Thank you so much to Carlee for hosting, and to all the other Festive Foodies for sharing their #StPatricksDay recipes!  I'm really looking forward to exploring more Irish foods now.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Yield: 1 dozen


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup dried currants or raisins- I used Craisins
  • Raw (turbinado) sugar for sprinkling on top before baking


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and caraway seeds. In another bowl, beat the egg, buttermilk, butter, and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in currants. Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Sprinkle with raw sugar.
  2. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack. Serve warm.
Slightly adapted from Taste of Home:
Irish soda bread, muffins
Muffins, snacks, breakfast, dessert
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Until recently, I too have a hard time finding dried currants. Luckily for me, they seem to be popping up everywhere now! Guess that means it's time to make some soda bread muffins!!!
I love these little muffins. I was able to find currants but it was a HUGE package. I have enough currants to last me 5 years LOL. I think the dried cranberries were a great substitution.
Admittedly, I have yet to try Irish soda bread, but your recipe is easy enough for me to try. Looks so yummy too. Pinned
Karen said…
I think I like this much better than the actual bread, and they last longer! I do have some dried currants on hand too!
Carlee said…
I love the idea of doing the bread as muffins! Plus that forces a bit of portion control ;-) They look delicious!
Unknown said…
I love this as muffins! Craisins are a nice twist!
Jolene said…
I've got to hit a few more stores, I really want to try them now!
Jolene said…
Usually after I find something in a big quantity like that, my guys decide they don't like it anymore lol
Jolene said…
So easy! I'm looking forward to trying the traditional version too :)
Jolene said…
And they're portable! Great on the go breakfast or snack.
Jolene said…
Yes, easier for me to hide a few for myself this way, before the guys devour them all!
Jolene said…
I've been eating them a lot lately, so it was the first substitution that jumped into my mind :)
Love that you added Craisins. I eat a lot of them too! A delicious looking muffin.
Jolene said…
They're one of my favorite snack add ons right now. With greek yogurt cream cheese on celery, in oatmeal, so good!
Amy said…
Mmm, I love Irish soda bread and the idea of doing it as muffins is so smart! It sound delicious to this lass, who has Irish heritage as well! :)
Jolene said…
Makes them great for on the go breakfasts or snacks!
I love the idea of Irish Soda muffins! I'm going to give this a try the next time I make soda bread which will be soon!
Teri said…
Love this recipe, and I love the fact that you used turbinado sugar for that crunchy top!
Laura said…
Oh I have dried currant from my own garden. I hope they'll work!
Unknown said…
I totally love that these are muffins!! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED :)
Jolene said…
So jealous! My inlaws used to have one, but it didn't survive the harsh winters we've had :(
Jolene said…
Thank you so much for stopping by! I've pinned so many recipes from the party, and I keep finding more every time I go back :)

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