Irish Soda Bread Muffins

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Before I got married I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not Irish and I don’t drink beer…so that was the end of that! But then I got married –and my husband who 50% Irish.  I suddenly found myself eating my Italian mother in law’s corned beef and cabbage. She’s a great cook but not much of a baker, so I wanted to bring some soda bread over for the meal. I made my first loaf of Irish Soda bread and it was delicious but very crumbly. I tried again the next year and still couldn’t get the texture quite right. So I scrapped the whole thing and I tried out a recipe for Irish Soda Bread muffins. They were delicious and so much easier to make!

Now that I’ve perfected it, I couldn’t wait to share my recipe. It’s super easy and doesn’t call for buttermilk (who ever has buttermilk on hand?! Not me!). These muffins are the perfect breakfast or side with any Irish meal!

Irish Soda Bread Muffins | The Quinntessential Mommy

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup currants or raisins
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 6 oz Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
How To:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line muffin tin with paper liners (12).
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, currants/raisins, and caraway seeds.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg, yogurt, vegetable oil, and orange zest until the mixture is smooth and well-combined.
  4. Gently combine wet ingredients and the dry ingredients, mixing just until the batter comes together. Do not over mix. The batter will be very thick.
  5. Spoon the batter into muffin cups, dividing evenly between the 12 cups.
  6. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes, until they’re starting to turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and let muffins cool for 5 minutes. Transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool for another 15 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with butter & enjoy!


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  • Reply Holly Marie

    These look simply scrumptious! Excited to make these for my husband- and your food photography is ON POINT! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    3-11-15 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Theresa

    These look so good! I will have to try out your recipe. Pinning…

    3-11-15 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Natasha

    Perfect recipe in time for St. Patty’s Day. I’ll be pinning for later!

    3-11-15 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Veronique

    Oh nice, I love experimenting in the kitchen and these could also be great snack fillers for the kids! Looking forward to try them

    3-11-15 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Krista

    Hilly–thank you SO much for your kind words. I feel like I struggle with food photography so that means so much!

    3-11-15 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply My Bored Toddler

    These look goood! Definitely printing this to make!

    3-12-15 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Nicole Keener

    Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! These look really really good, I absolutely have to try these!

    3-12-15 at 9:02 am
  • Reply K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy)

    I love a good muffin. Must try these because I’ve never had Irish soda bread at all. I have enjoyed corned beef and cabbage and it is so good!!

    3-12-15 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    I convert most quick bread recipes into muffins. It is easier and they cook faster. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

    I do, however, always have buttermilk on hand. I love baking with it as it adds wonderful texture and flavor to recipes, but it is a matter of preference like most things.

    If you’re interested, I wrote an entire post on how I stretch my buttermilk and how I use it in baking.

    Thanks, again, for the recipe!

    3-12-15 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Sherri S

    PINNED! Found you at #homemattersparty!

    3-13-15 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Marina

    I am big fan of muffins, I will have to try this recipe too!

    3-13-15 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Cynthia L

    These look so great. I would have never thought of making Soda bread as a muffin. Thanks for linking to the This Is How We Roll Link party!

    3-13-15 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Kristina Barbee (@MyOwnHomeBlog)

    These sound so delish! I love muffins and I’ve put these on my list to try soon!

    Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday Link Party! Hope you join us next week! 🙂

    3-16-15 at 8:25 pm
  • Reply 5 Ways to Make St. Patrick's Day Fun for Kids - Our Three Peas

    […] Be adventurous and try serving a traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage with a side of Irish soda bread for dinner. It may be new to your kids, but if you play some traditional Irish music during your meal, your kids may get into the holiday spirit and eat it! If you need a great Irish soda bread recipe, check out this yummy one for Irish soda bread muffins! […]

    3-07-16 at 3:01 am
  • Reply Christine

    These look super tasty!

    3-08-16 at 10:45 am
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