Monday, March 12, 2018

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

 Let's have some Irish Soda Muffins with some Irish Breakfast tea today!

 This pretty lady head planter that's sprouting shamrock plant hair was a recent purchase from a local nursery that I bought with a 30% birthday coupon.  The table covering is actually an apron that my dear friend, Barbara, sent me, and it's reversible!  The milk glass shamrock candle holder belonged to my maternal grandmother, and I just love it.

 I so enjoy using this Johnson Brothers Rolland teacup that looks like it has Celtic knots all around.  It goes with so many of my things. 

 My mom gifted me with this leprechaun couple years ago, and I perched them on top of my Irish Breakfast tea tin, that I saved from my late hubby's and my vacation in Ireland.  

Yield: 12 muffinsPin it

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

These muffins are the perfect St. Patrick's Day treat, and are great spread with some Kerrygold Irish butter.


  • 2 and 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups currants (first choice) or raisins (I used these, because that's what I had)
  • 1/2 to 2 teaspoons caraway seeds, to taste (I omitted)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk, yogurt, or sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted; or 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • sparkling white sugar, for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a standard muffin pan; or line with papers, and grease the papers.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, currants or raisins, and caraway seeds (if using).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk (or equivalent) and melted butter (or equivalent).
  4. Quickly and gently combine the dry and wet ingredients; honestly, this won't take more than a few stirs with a bowl scraper or large spoon. As soon as everything is evenly moistened, quit; further stirring will cause the muffins to be tough.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, filling the cups about 3/4 full; the stiff batter will look mounded in the cups. Top with sparkling white sugar, if desired.
  6. Bake the muffins for 20 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove them from the oven. Tip the muffins in the pan, so their bottoms don't get soggy. Wait 5 minutes, then transfer the muffins to a rack to cool. Serve them plain, or with butter and/or jam.
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 My darling daughter, named Molly Colleen, came over for lunch.   Can you see my Dollar Tree shamrock lights around my flowers?

We started with some Irish cheddar cheese and crackers, her favorite egg salad, and popovers, another of her favorites, along with some haricots verts.  I whipped some butter with homemade jam for us to spread on our popovers.  Of course, we had a pot of  Irish tea,  and just enjoyed being together. The recipe for the popovers can be found here.  Years ago, Molly won a $1000.00 gift card to Neiman-Marcus, and although she bought some things for her home with the money, a great deal of it was spent on us going there for lunch.  That's where we discovered the best popovers ever!


Thank you for your visit!  xo

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  1. I love your lady head planter - what a fun purchase...and your table looks beautiful!

  2. Hi Kitty, I love all your pretty green details and I’m wishing I had one of your Irish soda bread muffins this morning with a cup of Irish breakfast tea! I love your fun shamrock planter too! Winning that gift card from Neiman-Marcus is like Molly finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and lunch there sounds like such a fun treat! ♣♣♣

  3. Love your daughter’s name! A lilting Irish name. What a yummy lunch you enjoyed. I liked the Neiman Marcus story, too. Happy St. Pat’s to you! 🍀

  4. Oh Kitty, what a lovely Irish table scape with so many yummy looking things. I love all of the wonderful shamrock décor and that beautiful teacup! What a wonderful hostess you are and I'm sure you and your Molly made lovely memories together. Sweet hugs to you this Monday morning!

  5. St. Patrick would approve of your Irish-themed tea setting, Kitty! I especially like the neat lady planter head which reminds me of your other pretty lady vase. Your Irish lunch with your daughter looks very tasty. I don't think I've ever had popovers or Irish soda bread muffins? If I won a gift card to a store with a restaurant, I would have spent it on the delicious foods too!

  6. What a fun planter, Kitty! I love shamrock plants and I must see if I can find one here. Your soda muffins sound wonderful and would be lovely with a cuppa tea. How lovely to have lunch with your Molly. Your table is delightful. Happy St. Patrick's Day, my friend! Hugs to you.

  7. Love your tea cup. I pinned the recipe Kitty. I may need to make those one morning as Marty loves muffins. He actually likes to pack one in his lunch. With a kitchen makeover doesn't look like I will be getting anything out for St. Patty's day nor Easter. Maybe a little aomething though I can come up with.....The sacrifices we make. LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. Hi Kitty, oh you decorated the table so pretty! It sounds like you had a fun time when your daughter came over for lunch and the food sounded so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe for the muffins at our C&C with J&J. What a great idea for the Irish soda bread. I will have to make this recipe!
    Have a great week and a Happy St. Patrick's Day.
    Julie xo

  9. I love your lady head planter, Kitty! What a happy, festive table :)

  10. What a charming tablescape!The lady head planter with shamrocks is unique!Beautiful teacup and cute Leprechaun couple,so darling!I also love the cheerful tablecloth and your floral bouquet.Your muffins look yummy...Everything is perfect to celebrate St Patrick's Day!Hugs!

  11. Everything looks so wonderful, Kitty. You are all set for the 17th. Your lunch menu sounds so delicious.

  12. Your leprechaun couple are the sweetest things. You have a daughter named delightfully Irish.=) Your table looks positively delightful. Love that shamrock plate and I must say your lady planter is fabulous!

  13. I love the planter with the shamrock hair! So cute! So perfectly Irish! I am going to try your muffin recipe...I usually make a loaf of bread or scones, but this will be a fun change! Wonderful wearing of the green! Have a delightful week and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea

  14. Oh sweet friend! Everything looks so festive and pretty! Your posts always lift my spirits. Praying for you!

  15. What a lovely day you have created !!!! It certainly doesn’t get more Irish than your daughter’s name ...MOLLY COLLEEN.... I remember singing the “ Cockles and Mussels" folksong , where there’s a Molly Malone . Does your daughter have auburn hair? ( Ha ha) This is such a wonderfully “ IRISH” post... Shamrocks, soda bread and that darling Irish couple kissing ( Too cute) I had to smile with the mint coloured water( nice touch) ...You’ve thought of everything !!!! HUGS

  16. Hi Kitty, What a wonderful tea for St.Patrick's Day. I love your beautiful planter of the shamrock plant. Such a beautiful teacup and I love that celtic design. Thank you for sharing the soda bread muffin recipe. The sweet couple figurine from your mother, topping the beautiful keepsake tin, is adorable.
    How nice Molly Colleen was there for lunch!! You have set the perfect table to celebrate one of my favorite times of the year. Being half Irish I just love this. Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day sweet friend.
    Hugs and Blessings, Celestina Marie

  17. Your Irish muffins sound great Kitty! I'd like to find currents one day and give them a try. Popovers look yummy too:@)

  18. Love all your photos, Kitty. Your muffins would be a nice start to the day with a cup of tea.

  19. Pined!! This is such a neat idea!!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  20. I had not thought of muffin size. Great idea. Love that tea cup.

  21. Your Irish vignette is so adorable, and full of so many memories and special treasures! The muffins sound delightful, but I know the best part was fixing the luncheon for your daughter. How much fun she used her NM $ to take you to lunch!

  22. I love your table with the sweet head vase and Shamrock plant! The muffins sound yummy. I love Irish soda bread, so I want to try them.

  23. I love your 'Irish Tea' and breakfast, Kitty! Your sweet tea-cup and lady-head planter are wonderful with all your Irish pretties. I love your daughter's very Irish name, too! The soda bread muffins sound so good. Happy St. Paddy's Day! Hugs xo Karen

  24. I love your cups, I love your plates, I loved that you used an apron is a table covering, and I love, love, LOVE that lady head vase with the shamrocks. I am crazy about lady head vases, but I haven’t seen one quite like that before. It looks perfect on your table. Also, I am going to try your Irish soda bread muffins. You mentioned omitting the caraway seeds, I always do that too, and I use anise seed in place of them. I know it’s not traditional, but I like it so much better.

  25. Kitty, what a delightful post! And I know I'll enjoy those not-too-sweet muffins with a nice cup of Irish breakfast tea.

  26. Kitty, it is my visiting day and I am so tickled with your St Patrick's day tea and lunch. I don't know if I've ever had Irish soda bread. Your lunch looks divine. I'm a little afraid of your ladies planter head though. I think I'd have to throw a napkin over it while I'm there. xo

  27. How fun and it all looks delicious. Thanks for linking to Keep In Touch.

  28. Kitty, what a darling vignette. Love the ladies' head with shamrocks, what a great find. The dishes are so pretty. You have some wonderful collections. What perfect little irish soda bread muffins. I am off to check out the popovers. Thanks for the well wishes. Sciatic nerve pain is no picnic.

  29. Dear Kitty:
    What a sweet luncheon with your daughter. I am in awe of your lady vase and her green Shamrock hair. I planted mine in the yard last year but doubt they survived the winter - that's yet to be determined. Your Irish Soda Muffins look very lovely! Thank you for sharing Kitty!

  30. Love your Soda Bread Muffins Kitty, they look delicious! Have a great first week of spring and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with FULL PLATE THURSDAY!
    Miz Helen

  31. I am a bit late to your "party" but glad I made it. I have missed reading your posts as I have been away from blogging for awhile and from reading blog posts. But I am back. I must try the Irish Soda bread. Thanks for the recipe.

  32. Hi Kitty,

    I so enjoy seeing your different table settings each week. I've got to get another shamrock plant for our house. I kept a shamrock plant in our home(s) for about ten years, but I have a hard time getting them to grown well here. Yours is so pretty! I love, love that teacup and saucer; the center design reminds me of the clodagh symbol.

    I have already pinned this recipe for Irish soda bread muffins; they look delish. :D Thank you for sharing! Yours and Molly's lunch looks so tasty, Kitty; mother and daughter lunches are the best.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Hugs to you,

    Denise at Forest Manor


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