Irish Soda Bread Muffins
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
My recipe of the day today is for Irish Soda Bread muffins, inspired by the authentic Irish bread, for #MuffinMonday.
This isn’t an authentic recipe for soda bread. And I know that. But any recipe for a muffin likely will not be. And in any case- there being two types of soda bread- the authentic type, and a bastardized American type which has some sugar in it, these muffins definitely lean towards the latter.
But that being said, there can be two schools of thought on it, depending on your tastes and mood.
Debating the Regional Differences
I am reminded of the great American debate on corn bread, with the divide being on the inclusion of sugar. And even in that argument, I have to take both sides. Because I like them both, as to me they are two completely different creatures. And what I serve it with will determine which type I bake. And being one who loves to soak a piece of cornbread beneath a mound of ham and soup beans, sugary ones are definitely not my go-to. But likewise, with a piece of barbecue, I might like a muffin or johnnycake with a little bit of sweetness, to counteract the heat and spice or possibly vinegary tang of a barbecue sauce.
Same here with the soda bread. Sometimes I will like a lightly sweet one, and sometimes one without. So my advice for the wise decision is to keep both near your chest and heart, and know when to bring each out and use it, like cards in a poker game. There will be the perfect time for each.
From Loaf to Muffin
With the muffins, they are heavier on sugar even than the Americanized soda bread, but the flavor is right. I find these to be excellent with the perfect amount of currants and just the right hint of caraway. I’ll split mine and spread them with little slabs of cold French butter. I can’t explain it, but cold butter on a muffin, not melted in, is one of my guilty pleasures. I picked it up from an old friend (LaVerne Branscom), and have been doing it ever since without looking back even once. These are great with coffee, morning, noon, or night. At night try adding a splash of Irish Cream to that coffee!
It’s Muffin Monday!
February 2019 Recipe Collection:
- Brown Sugar Spice Swirl Muffins from Food Lust People Love
- Caramel Banana Muffins from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Cinnamon Toast Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Irish Soda Bread Muffins from Palatable Pastime
- Whole Wheat, Corn, Cheddar, and Green Chili Muffins from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
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Irish Soda Bread Muffins
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons caraway seeds
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup dried currants
- 1 cup thick yogurt
- 1/3 cup melted cooled butter
- 1 large egg
- muffin papers
- 1 tablespoon each of old-fashioned oats and dried currants
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Mix together the first eight (dry) ingredients, then combine with the yogurt, cooled melted butter, and egg to make a batter.
- Divide into 12 paper lined muffin cups.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick, inserted, is removed without wet batter clinging to it.
- Turn muffins out of pan and cool on a wire rack.