Irish Soda Bread Muffins


– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/4 cup granulated sugar
– 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1 cup buttermilk
– 1 large egg, lightly beaten
– 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
– 3/4 cup raisins (or currants, if you prefer)
– 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)


1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners, or give it a good greasing. This will ensure those muffins come out as easily as laughter at a family gathering.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.

3. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk and egg, and add in the cooled, melted butter. Just like we marry traditions from the past to our modern lives, you’ll be marrying the wet and dry ingredients together.

4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon until just combined. Remember, a tender touch results in tender muffins.

5. Fold in the raisins and caraway seeds, if using. These tiny gems are like the stories told around the table, each one adding its unique burst of flavor.

6. Divide the batter equally among the prepared muffin cups, and send them into the oven’s warm embrace for about 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

7. Let the muffins cool slightly in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack. There’s something about a wire rack that reminds me of resting after a good day’s work.

Variations & Tips

– For those times when the pantry is looking a bit lean, do not fret! No buttermilk? Simply sour some milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar.
– If you’re out of raisins, or the thought of a plain muffin brings you comfort, feel free to omit them or swap in another dried fruit.
– While some folks have a yearning for sweeter fare, a brush of honey or a sprinkle of raw sugar atop each muffin before baking will caress them with a golden crown.
– Wrap your muffins up in a tea towel straight from the oven to keep them warm, as you would a newborn babe, until ready to serve. The warmth will continue to soften them right up until they’re ready to be relished.

With each bite into these Irish Soda Bread Muffins, may you be transported to a place of contentment, where the only sounds are the crackling of the hearth and the whispers of shared joy.


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