Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Traditional Irish Soda Bread Muffins Recipe for Saint Patrick’s Day! Fluffy slightly sweet soda bread recipe with raisins, made in individual portions.

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Traditional Irish Soda Bread

I’ve been making Irish Soda Bread for at least 20 years.

Although I like to change up my recipe here and there, making super savory varieties, I always seem to come back to the classic slightly sweetened version of soda bread with plump raisins and caraway seeds.

The dense yet tender texture, hint of sweetness, and juicy raisins hiding in each bite are the perfect complement to rich hearty Irish Stews and Corned Beef and Cabbage.

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Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Over the years I’ve started making my traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe as muffins.

Baking them this way holds in the moisture so they don’t dry out as quickly as a sliced loaf.

Irish soda bread muffins are also individually portioned, super cute, and are great for lunch boxes and quick snacks.

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Irish Soda Bread Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour – Using all-purpose flour as opposed to bread flour creates a more tender texture than the oldest tough soda bread recipes.
  • Baking powder and baking soda– Combining both baking powder and baking soda creates a slightly lighter texture as well. Sometimes a little change is a good thing.
  • Salt – All baked goods need a little salt.
  • Butter – For a rich underlying flavor.
  • Sugar – Although many soda bread recipes are unsweetened, this slightly sweet version adds diversity to an Irish feast of savory dishes.
  • Buttermilk – Use full-fat buttermilk for the best possible flavor and texture.
  • Egg – Just add one egg to bring the dough together.
  • Caraway seeds – The intregal flavor for traditional soda bread.
  • Raisins – I like to use a combination of black rasins and golden raisins (sultanas) however you can use one or the other. You can also mix things up with tiny currants instead of raisins.
  • Turbinado sugar – For a glistening sweet top!
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Irish Soda Bread Q&A

Why Do They Call It Irish Soda Bread?

Where does Irish soda bread get its name? Traditional Irish soda bread is made with baking soda as the primary leavening agent. Nowadays, you will find recipes that contain both baking powder and baking soda to create a slightly lighter more pleasing texture.

Does Soda Bread Contain Yeast?

Never. As in never ever. The baking soda is what provides the lift.

Is Irish Soda Bread Unleavened?

This is sort of a trick question. Many people consider Irish Soda Bread unleavened bread because it does not contain yeast. However, baking soda is technically a leavening agent as well. So it is leavened bread… It’s just not as leavened and yeast bread.

Is Irish Soda Bread Actually Irish? Do They Eat Irish Soda Bread in Ireland?

Absolutely! This classic Irish bread recipe was a staple peasant food for generations, because it could be made with inexpensive ingredients, took less time to make than yeast breast, and could be easily adjusted with whatever flavoring you had on hand… Like caraway seeds, nuts, and raisins.

How Do You Eat Irish Soda Bread?

In Ireland it’s traditionally served as a breakfast item with hot tea. Yet I find it makes a great afternoon snack with salty Irish butter, or in sandwiches.

Does Irish Soda Bread Freeze Well?

Oh yes! Especially when in muffin form. I like to keep a bag of these Irish Soda Bread Muffins in the freezer, so the kids can pop one in their lunch boxes. By lunch time they are thawed, soft, and ready to eat!

Do You Serve Irish Soda Bread Warm?

Soda bread tastes great fresh out of the oven, at room temperature, and reheated later.

How Long Does Soda Bread Keep?

Irish Soda Bread Muffins can be kept in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to a week. Or you can freeze them for up to 6 months.

Can You Make Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread?

Yes! Use an equal portion of your favorite gluten-free baking flour mix instead of traditional flour. The texture will be slightly more crumbly, but the muffins are still light and delicious!

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Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Traditional Irish Soda Bread Muffins Recipe for Saint Patrick’s Day! Fluffy slightly sweet soda bread recipe with raisins, made in individual portions.
Servings: 18 muffins
Nutrition Facts
Irish Soda Bread Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 162mg 7%
Potassium 126mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3.9%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray three standard 6-cup muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Fill a bowl with hot tap water. Place the raisins in the bowl to soak and plump.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, cream the butter and granulated sugar, beating on high until light and fluffy. Approximately 3-5 minutes. Once the butter mixture is fluffy, beat in the egg and caraway seeds.
  4. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Scrape the mixing bowl with a rubber spatula. Then turn the mixer on low and alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk until both are well combined.

  6. Drain the raisins in a colander, tapping to remove all excess water. Scrape the bowl again. Then turn the mixer back on low and mix in the raisins.

  7. Use a 3 tablespoon scoop to portion the batter into 18 muffin cups. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with Turbinado sugar.

  8. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of one muffin, comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then gently dump out the muffins.

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Recipe Notes

Once cool, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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6 comments on “Irish Soda Bread Muffins

  1. Sherryposted March 16, 2019 at 1:43 pm Reply

    I just made this recipe and they came out delicious! Love will make again . I used skim milk with a tablespoon of vinegar for the buttermilk. 

  2. Betty Anneposted March 6, 2019 at 12:07 am Reply

    These look great and I am most anxious to make them. However I can only get low fat buttermilk in the supermarkets in my area. How will low fat buttermilk affect the muffins?

    • Sommer Collierposted March 7, 2019 at 2:42 pm Reply

      Hi Betty Anne,

      It will definitely work… They just won’t be quite as tender. You can always make buttermilk by combining whole fat milk and a little bit of vinegar or lemon juice. Let it sit for 10 minutes before using it in a recipe. :)

  3. Bethposted March 5, 2019 at 8:24 am Reply

    I made a batch of these last night! The whole family loved them. I am going to make some for my office workers!

  4. Melissaposted March 4, 2019 at 2:06 pm Reply

    First off I just want to say the recipe looks great and I love the muffin variation.
    Just for fun, here is some info about traditional Irish Soda bread:
    Traditionally it contains only flour, baking soda, salt and soured milk. In earlier and leaner times raisins or dried fruit were luxuries, a fistful of them or maybe even a little sugar or an egg — if either could be spared — would have been put into the white flour version of the bread during the harvest as a treat for the working men.
    Over time regional variations to the recipe have developed (for example caraway seeds are often added to the bread in Donegal, though a true basic Irish soda bread has no add ins.
    Today, the variations with raisins, caraway, orange zest, and other add-ins are called Spotted Dog (coming from the look of the bread when raisins or currants are added).

  5. Lizposted March 4, 2019 at 12:03 pm Reply

    These soda bread muffins were SO good! I had to hide the leftovers in the freezer so I wouldn’t eat them all in one sitting!