November 5, 2014

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

My mother kept a ton of papers, including a large amount of my school work. She had stacks and stacks of drawings, report cards, and work sheets. I am the opposite. I keep my kids report cards and a few great pieces of art work, but everything else goes in the trash. Don't worry I do look over every paper that my kids bring home, I just don't keep them. I'm a neat freak and the idea of stacks and stacks of papers makes me want to clean. I have a filing cabinet which holds all my papers, all nicely organized. It doesn't hold all my kids papers. Honestly, they bring home 10 papers each a day and I just don't have the room for all of them. Also I never looked over all the papers my mother kept. I'm just not sentimental about papers from my childhood. My kids are the same way, once I've seen the papers and art work they're happy and into the trash they go. I'm hoping I'm not the only one that doesn't keep a ton of school papers, I just don't see the point.

Irish soda bread is very popular in my house. My husband absolutely loves it and will only eat it the traditional way with no added raisins or sugar. My kids love it anyway I make it, traditional or not. The following is a recipe for Irish Soda Bread Muffins that are baked in a muffin tin, making for an easy dinner side.  This recipe is non-traditional since it contains sugar, but still yummy.

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

  • 3 cups bread (or all-purpose) flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  2. Using a knife cut the butter into small pieces and add to the bowl.
  3. With either your hands or a fork press the butter into the flour mixture until it makes a coarse meal.
  4. Make a hole in the center of the flour mixture and add buttermilk.
  5. Stir using a wooden or plastic spoon until a dough forms.
  6. Add more buttermilk if necessary.
  7. Do not overmix the dough, it will make for tough muffins.
  8. Grease a muffin tin.
  9. Add dough to twelve muffins cups.
  10. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.
  11. Let cool on a wire rack.
  • You can add 1/2 cup raisins and/or 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds. My husband prefers the caraway seeds and no sugar, so experiment until you find a combination you like. 
  • If you don't have buttermilk you can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar to 1 cup 3 tablespoons milk. 


  1. Love these muffins Ann! I love Irish soda bread!!

  2. You and me are so alike. I thought I was the only parent who wasn't sentimental about things like that. If I kept everything they brought home my place would be a total mess. My mother kept a few things but nothing much. I even get rid of the crafts that Madison brings home from daycare when she goes too. :)

    I love Irish Soda Bread but have never made it myself. I really love it with raisins in them and buy them all the time. I think I will have to give your recipe a try.

  3. Your Irish Soda muffins look delightful. Nice!!!


    P.S. I have a box for each son and over the years, I have kept only special items.

  4. I haven't tried making Irish soda bread.. Looks like I am missing out on a delicious thing :)

  5. I am one of those people who keeps everything. Every paper my kids have ever come home with are sitting in folders in one of my closets.

  6. Oh, yum. I love Irish Soda Bread and I make it every year on Saint Patrick's Day. I'm sure I'd love these muffins too. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I guess I'm a mix between the two. I keep the ones I want to save. Hubby wants to keep them all (oy, not happening). I have a baby box for each kid, and I let my oldest have his when he got married. He took the things out that he wanted, and left behind what he didn' thing he left behind was his papers from his school years. ;) I saved them anyway...maybe his daughter will want them someday, and if not, they can toss 'em. ;) The muffins sound good!


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