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Irish Soda Bread Muffins


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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.


Average Rating:
  • Bette
    Mar 11, 2018

    I've had trouble finding currants too, but SUCCESS last night! Look for them in the candy section of your grocery -- the section where candies, nuts, etc. are packaged by the store. Usually this is next to the produce section. Apparently the company that used to market currants in boxes and stocked them in the bakery section with the raisins has gone out of business.

  • JMartinelli13
    Mar 2, 2018

    I used dried cranberries because I couldn't find the currants, and I sprinkled the top with turbinado (raw) sugar instead of regular. Love the texture and flavor of these! They were a big hit with everyone.

  • mizdee009
    Mar 3, 2016

    I love this recipe! Easy, delicious, and plenty of room for improvising. I teach middle school cooking classes and this is a fantastic recipe for aspiring chefs. Definitely a keeper.

  • silverfx
    Dec 31, 1969

    WOW! These were fantastic! Left out caraway seeds and used craisins . It was wonderful! I used an ice cream scoop to fill the muffin tin and the result was 12 perfect muffins! this will surely be requested often by the family.

  • LindaMeyers
    Dec 31, 1969


  • Acsammel
    Dec 31, 1969

    Delicious! I've tried making soda bread before and no one in my family liked it. This muffin version came out great though. I didn't have buttermilk, so used plain greek yogurt with a splash of milk to thin it. I skipped the caraway seeds and used raisins for the fruit. Just to impress the kids for St. Patrick's Day, I decided to be cheesy and put green sugar on top.

  • JCV4
    Dec 31, 1969

    These tasted great and were easy to make.

  • KristineChayes
    Dec 31, 1969

    Absolutely excellent! I've made these muffins for several years now and they are moist and flavorful. The sprinkling of sugar on top is perfect. I'll be making them again for this St. Patrick's Day , but they're good any day of the year! A real favorite!

  • Jedibabe
    Dec 31, 1969

    Awesome, tasty muffin recipe. I made this subbing out the canola oil with applesauce and they were fabulous! The caraway seeds were amazingly appealing. Not much similarity to actual Irish Soda Bread, but an awesome muffin non-the-less. This will now be my go-to muffin recipe; it'd be great with blueberries or whatever sounds good to you. The muffins were moist and tender and truly wonderful.

  • agincourt
    Mar 22, 2013

    To die for! Not too sweet. A softer moister version of soda bread. Used a mix of dried cranberrirs,tart cherries and blueberries soaked in rum for a little special touch for St. Pa tricks D ay. Been to Ireland many times and collected several recipes for soda bread but these little morsels are awesome!

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