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Irish Soda Muffins

"Who says muffins have to be boring? These little gems are always a hit.," says Camille Wisniewski of Jackson, New Jersey. "I subsitute blueberries when they are in season for the raisins."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 muffins


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1/3 cup raisins


  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk the sour cream, oil and egg; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins.
  • Fill six greased or paper-lined muffin cups half full. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 400° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 232 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 235mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Renee
    Mar 15, 2020

    Vanilla powder is flavoring in a powder format without the alcohol that is in vanilla extract. It’s great for baking, when making ice cream, or simply sprinkling on top of your tea or coffee. Anytime you want a hit of vanilla without the liquid.

  • lmmanda
    Mar 17, 2015

    Very moist and tasty. I'm not sure If I did something wrong (I followed the directions exactly except for omitting the raisins), but the batter was more like biscuit dough, it was very thick. Otherwise, they were great and I will make them again.

  • lurky27
    Mar 17, 2014

    Yummy! Definitely increase the raisins.

  • silly girl
    Mar 15, 2013

    Holy Hannah! Just made these with blueberries...they are incredible...doubled the recipe..(which will use your whole egg). Exactly 15 4 yr old helped me and we had a nice bonding time..They are soooo easy and amazing.

  • FL Baker
    Mar 29, 2011

    Absolutely delicious! More like a scone than a muffin; everyone loves them. I always make a double batch, yielding 12 muffins. I used vegetable oil and increased the amount of raisins. Only need 15 minutes to bake & removed them from pan immediately.

  • Sprowl
    Mar 17, 2011

    This is a perfect recipe for a small family. We just love them! I find using egg beaters works best.

  • dorothy1954
    Mar 5, 2011

    My husband loved these. I made exactly as instructed the first time. the second time around I did change slightly. I used light olive oil instead of canola oi, light sour creaml and splenda instead of sugar. They turned out just as good. As my husband says "this is a keeper".

  • licart
    Mar 1, 2011

    not a review, but a question. What is vanilla powder mentioned in previous review??

  • Richard62
    Mar 21, 2010

    Best and miostest soda bread I have ever tasted. We have also added a dash of nutmeg and a 1/4 tsp of vanilla powder and increased raisins yo 3/4 cup.