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Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Irish soda bread is traditionally made in a loaf shape, but these muffins have the same terrific flavor with buttermilk, caraway seeds and currants. They are easy to make and delicious served warm. —Lorraine Ballsieper, Deep River, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 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 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup dried currants or raisins


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1/2 cup 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 remaining sugar. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 235 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 247mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Leah
    Mar 16, 2021

    Love these muffins! I made them exactly as written including caraway seeds and currants. My husband loved them, too, and he's not a big fan of most muffins. I will definitely make them again. Thanks for sharing!

  • mg9510
    Feb 23, 2021

    These are so good. I love this recipe. I have been using this recipe for years. I use a standard size muffin pan and I always get 16 full size muffins.

  • Bonnie
    Jun 13, 2020

    These were easy to make and very good! With the sweetness provided by raisins and sugar topping, I like them for a breakfast or dessert muffin rather than a dinner bread. I've made Irish Soda Bread before to accompany a corned beef and cabbage dinner and prefer a recipe without the fruit and sugar in those instances. But, I'll definitely make these again to have on hand as a tasty snack.

  • curlylis85
    Apr 26, 2020

    We had these with beef stew for our St. Patrick's Day dinner. They were moist and we loved the sweetness from the currants.

  • sgronholz
    Mar 29, 2020

    My husband and I thought these muffins were great and made a nice addition to our Irish meal! I omitted the caraway seeds (hubby's not a fan) and used raisins because I had them on hand. I will definitely make them again!

  • doris
    Mar 23, 2020

    I made these St Patrick's morning and no one in the family liked them. Too soft, too much just a muffin and no Soda Bread flavor. We had followed the recipe to the letter with currents and buttermilk even caraway seeds which I always put in my bread, and batch made 12 muffins.

  • squeakymouse
    Mar 22, 2020

    This recipe was very easy and very good, although the texture and taste aren't what one would expect from soda bread. I did not add the caraway seeds (family preference), used raisins (no currants on hand) and white vinegar and whole milk to make sour milk. I would make this again. It yielded regular 16 muffin which did not stick to the paper lining..

  • napuapoire
    Mar 18, 2020

    Made this just today. I didn't have caraway seeds or currants/raisins, so I subbed cinnamon and dried cherries. Came out moist and tender. I also baked about 7-8 minutes longer. Will try again with caraway and raisins next time.

  • Judith
    Mar 18, 2020

    We had these today with our Corn beef and cabbage. I had no buttermilk so I added some cider vinegar to my milk and followed the recipe with that small change. They were wonderful and even better than the Irish soda bread I've been making for years. So good. It will be on my menu a lot from now on.

  • Mamabump
    Mar 17, 2020

    I want to try these but not with caraway seeds or raisins. Can I substitute blueberries?