Irish Soda Bread Muffins

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Jam-packed with tiny sweet currants, flecked with caraway seeds, and sprinkled with coarse sugar, these Irish soda bread muffins are a delicious cross between muffins and scones.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Jam-packed with tiny sweet currants, flecked with caraway seeds, and sprinkled with coarse sugar, these Irish soda bread muffins are unusual and addicting. Unlike traditional cakey muffins, they are not too sweet and have craggy tops, which makes them more of a cross between muffins and scones. (Scuffins?)

Serve these Irish soda bread muffins just as you would cornbread: warm out of the oven for breakfast, as a snack, or in a bread basket with your meal. They are especially delicious smeared with salted butter.

What you’ll need To Make Irish Soda Bread Muffins

ingredients to make irish soda bread muffins

You may associate caraway seeds with rye bread and other savory dishes. With their subtly sweet, anise-like flavor, they also make a nice addition to sweeter baked goods like gingerbread or shortbread cookies.

How to make Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Begin by combining the dry ingredients — the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar, and caraway seeds — in a medium bowl.

all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl to make irish soda bread muffins

Whisk to combine and set aside.

dry ingredients whisked together in a mixing bowl to make irish soda bread muffins

In a separate large bowl, combine the liquid ingredients: the egg, buttermilk, and melted butter.

liquid ingredients - buttermilk, egg, and butter - in a mixing bowl to make irish soda bread muffins

Whisk to combine. The mixture may look a little curdled; that’s okay and normal.

liquid ingredients whisked together in a bowl for irish soda bread muffins

Add the dry ingredients and the currants to the liquid mixture.

adding dry ingredients and currants to liquid ingredients for irish soda bread muffins

Use a rubber spatula to mix until just combined; the batter will be very thick. Do not overmix or the muffins may be tough.

irish soda bread muffin batter in a mixing bowl

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling the cups about 3/4 full. Sprinkle the turbinado (or sparkling white) sugar evenly over the muffins.

irish soda bread muffin batter scooped into muffin tin and sprinkled with coarse sugar

Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden and set and a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

baked irish soda bread muffins fresh out of the oven

Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool until you’re ready to serve.

baked irish soda bread muffins cooling on a baking rack

Serve these Irish soda bread muffins warm out of the oven. They are delicious with softened salted butter. This recipe is modestly adapted from King Arthur Flour, one of my favorite baking resources (read the many rave reviews here).

irish soda bread muffins in basket with salted softened butter

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Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Jam-packed with tiny sweet currants, flecked with caraway seeds, and sprinkled with coarse sugar, these Irish soda bread muffins are a delicious cross between muffins and scones.

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1-1/3 cups currants
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons turbinado or sparkling white sugar, for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Grease a standard muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar, and caraway seeds.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk and melted butter.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and the currants to the liquid mixture. Use a rubber spatula to mix until just combined; the batter will be very thick. Do not overmix.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling the cups about 3/4 full. Sprinkle the turbinado (or sparkling white) sugar evenly over the muffins.
  6. Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden and set and a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool until ready to serve. Serve warm, preferably with salted butter.
  7. Make-Ahead Instructions:These muffins are best served fresh out of the oven but leftovers will keep for a few days in a sealed container at room temperature.
  8. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 – 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (12 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 224
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38 g
  • Sugar: 19 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 184 mg
  • Cholesterol: 32 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Hi. I made these and they are decliious. I subbed in vegetable oil for the butter but would like to make these even healthier with just using whole wheat flour only, or with white whole wheat flour only. What do you think?

    • — Jane on June 4, 2019
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    • Glad you enjoyed these, Jane! I’m not sure that you’d be happy with the texture using all whole-wheat flour; I would encourage you, instead, to try switching the ratios and using 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup of all purpose flour. You can see what you think of the texture with those ratios, and if you like them, you can use all whole wheat the next time. And I would definitely suggest going with white whole wheat. Please LMK how they turn out if you try them this way!

      • — Jenn on June 4, 2019
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      • Thank you! I still have a dozen of these left and it will be a while til I make the ones with part www flour but I’ll definitely let you know.

        • — Jane on June 4, 2019
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      • Hi, Jenn: Getting back to you on the above: I just made these with 1 cup whole wheat and 1&1/4 c. all-purpose unbleached white flour. They were perfect. Since I like a denser consistency and am a bigger fan of whole wheat than white flour, I think they will be fine with 100% white whole wheat and am going to try them that way the next time. I didn’t do so this time because I had some regular whole wheat on hand. I also did not use the caraway seeds because none of us liked that aftertaste. Turbinado sugar on top made it even better. Thanks again! – Jane

        • — Jane on July 9, 2019
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        • So glad you enjoyed these with the tweaks – thanks for the follow-up – I’m sure other readers will find it helpful too! 🙂

          • — Jenn on July 9, 2019
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  • I am not a baker. In fact, I hate to bake – hate it with a passion. But I do love Irish Soda Bread. Soooo….I thought I would try this out. I was so excited to make these for my hubby for dinner, I had to test one straight out of the oven. Yowza! When we sat down to dinner with a guest, I couldn’t wait to for everyone to praise me for this masterpiece while they dripped melting butter down their chins. Our friend just moaned, unable to speak. My hubby set his down before tasting and asked, so I see caraway seeds in there? Umm…yes, you do. He then informed me that he doesn’t eat them. WHAT? Since when? Do I even know you? Do I need to call a lawyer and get a divorce? When he realized that our friend and I were having a food “moment”, he slowly started picking out the caraway seeds. And then eating. On muffin #2, fewer of the seeds were getting picked out. By #3, the butter was going on and he was inhaling them, seeds-be-damned! I will be making this again in a few weeks for a brunch I am having. And the caraway seeds WILL be in them! Thanks Jenn, these are wonderful and so easy to make!

    • — Lynn in the Desert on April 17, 2019
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    • 😂

      • — Jenn on April 17, 2019
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  • I made a double batch of these muffins for a very belated St. Patrick’s Day party recently (we were waiting for the whole gang to be available). Everyone raved about them, even those who weren’t fans of soda bread (too dry), and I’ve been asked to make them a permanent part of our annual celebration! Your recipes don’t disappoint!

    • — Yolanda on April 11, 2019
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  • I made these this year for St. Patrick’s Day. They came out great and my husband loved them. Nice heated up for breakfast too.

    • — Cindy Mckenna on April 11, 2019
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  • So yummy. My daughter doesn’t love dried fruit in baked goods (currants, raisins, etc.) so I cut down on the currants and added some chopped walnuts. They are so good. Going to a brunch soon and will be bringing these.

    • — Romi on March 27, 2019
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  • Many thanks, Jen! Had to bake these two days in a row.

    • — Tavo on March 23, 2019
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  • I was tasked with making Irish Soda Bread for my sister-in-law. I was never interested in making it because I always thought it was dull and tasteless. These muffins were not! They actually were quite good, although not my favorites. So Jenn, you’ve done a great job with the medium. Thanks!

    • — aMuse on March 22, 2019
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  • Jenn thank you for the amazing recipe. My niece and I made them for St. Patrick’s Day. We had to used dried blueberries in place of the currants and they turned out great.

    • — Ashlee Hall on March 21, 2019
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  • Jenn,
    These muffins are soooo good!! Even my picky eaters enjoyed them. They are still good when kept sealed in the refrigerator after several days. We like to wrap them in tin foil, warm them in the oven, and slather them with butter…yummy!
    Thank you for another great recipe!

    • — Theresa on March 21, 2019
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  • I made these for St. Paddy’s Day…not only were they easy, but they are so delicious! my husband says they are now his favorite muffin! They did harden quickly but easily softened when reheated in microwave. I will be making these all year round!

    • — Torontogal on March 21, 2019
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  • Delicious!

    • — Kristin on March 18, 2019
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  • I made these muffins today to go with my corned beef and cabbage dinner.
    My husband can’t stop raving about them!!! NO EXAGGERATION He likes Irish soda bread but not this much! I agree with him that these are excellent, but his reaction was precious!!Thanks, Jen-

    • — Susanna Funk on March 17, 2019
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  • What an amazing recipe! I made these tonight to go with Dublin Coddle and they did NOT disappoint. Warm with a bit of Irish butter was an amazing way to enjoy these. They were extremely tender and the balance of sweet and salt was perfect. Thank you so much for sharing. We will be eating these for years to come.

    • — Elaine on March 17, 2019
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  • I have made these several times and if possible they get better each time. Substituted yogurt with a little 2%milk to equal the amount of buttermilk. They are moist and served warm with butter it doesn’t get any better than this.

    • — Mary Anne on March 17, 2019
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  • I just doubled the recipe to bring to a St. Paddy’s party tonight and wound up with 34 small muffins – good thing, because we can’t stop eating them!! I have no experience with Irish Soda Bread so can’t attest to their authenticity, but these, right out of the oven, are DELICIOUS.

    • — Sheri on March 16, 2019
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  • A perfect recipe as always; this is why Once Upon is always my first stop for a recipe/how-to. (Btw, didn’t have any caraway seeds so I substituted 3 tsp of Trader Joe’s Dukkah Nut And Spice Blend and left out the extra salt… works great.) Thanks!

    • — Evan S. on March 16, 2019
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  • I baked these this morning for breakfast, though I left out the currants to make them more diabetic friendly. Delicious! Will definitely bake these again.

    • — Rachel Hartman on March 16, 2019
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  • 12 perfectly wonderful muffins just came out of the oven!!!!!!! Kitchen smells heavenly….having them with clam chowder and salad for dinner…Thank you….once again, you hit it out of the ball park…….Elaine

    • — Elaine on March 15, 2019
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  • Hey Jenny

    The Scuffins look great … do you think the recipe would work with keto flour which is made mainly of nuts and seeds flour?

    M

    • — Mahesh on March 14, 2019
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    • Hi Mahesh, I don’t have any experience baking with keto flour, so it’s hard to say – I’m sorry! Please report back if you try them this way – I’d love to hear how they turn out. 🙂

      • — Jenn on March 16, 2019
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  • Jenn,
    I love your recipes! How would you adapt this recipe for a loaf instead of muffins?
    Thanks so much!

    • — Jacqline on March 14, 2019
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    • So glad you’re enjoying the recipes, Jacqline! If you’d like to make this as a loaf, I’d follow the method used here.

      • — Jenn on March 16, 2019
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  • Hello many thanks for your wonderful recipe which I am yet to try. Just wondering what makes it Irish Soda ? I have seen Irish Soda bread at the market and keen to start making my own
    Regards Elizabeth

    • — Elizabeth Adams on March 14, 2019
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    • Hi Elizabeth, Soda bread is just a bread in which baking soda is used as a leavening agent instead of yeast. Hope you enjoy if you make it! 🙂

      • — Jenn on March 15, 2019
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  • Are any adjustments necessary for high altitude baking? I’m at almost 5000 ft.

    • — Christy on March 14, 2019
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    • Hi Christy, I don’t have experience baking at high altitudes so, unfortunately, I don’t have any wisdom to share – I’m sorry! You may find these tips helpful though. Hope you enjoy the muffins if you make them!

      • — Jenn on March 14, 2019
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      • Use high altitude hungarian flour

        • — Laura Osborne on March 14, 2019
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    • Christy, I’ve made these at 5420′ without any adjustments and they turned out beautifully.

      • — Ann C on March 21, 2019
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  • These muffins come together quickly and are delicious. I served them for brunch with two crustless quiches and fruit. My guests and I agreed we’d much rather get our carbs in these yummy muffins than in crust!

    • — Ann C on March 14, 2019
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