Monday, March 11, 2024

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

 It was a sunshiny day to enjoy tea and muffins... 

....before the weather turned chilly again!  Isn't the two-toned oxalis (shamrock) plant pretty?  I can plant it outside after St.  Patrick's Day.  

☘️ These muffins are perfect for St.  Paddy's day with a cup of Irish Breakfast Tea. ☘️

Last year Margie, from Tea In The Valley showed this Queen Anne teacup and I instantly fell in love, and found one!

☘️This little kissing leprechaun couple was a gift from my mom and they always make their appearance for St. Patrick's Day.☘️

Yield: 12
Author: Kitty, but adapted from King Arthur Flour
Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

These are perfect treats to eat and share!


  • 1 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup White Whole Wheat Flour (or use white flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups currants or 1 1/4 cups raisins (I used currants)
  • 1/2 to 2 teaspoons caraway seeds, to taste
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk, yogurt, or sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted; or 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • coarse sparkling 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 flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, currants or raisins, and caraway seeds.
  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; this doesn't take more than a few stirs with a 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 (see NOTE); the stiff batter will look mounded in the cups. Top with sparkling white sugar.
  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.


The next time I make these, I'm going to use an ice cream scoop and place the scoop of dough right onto parchment paper and bake them like scones and skip the muffin pan all together.

I actually got 18 muffins but I would fill them up next time as they don't rise much.

☘️Thank you for your visit!  xo☘️

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  1. Oh this is just the cutest post. I am grinning like a leprechaun, Kitty. Love the teacup and appreciate another great recipe. Your plant is gorgeous, as well as your entire tablescape.

  2. Everything is always so pretty in here, Kitty! I love the cups!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Your muffins look delicious Kitty! Love your pretty teacup and oxalis...I've not seen a two-tone one before. Your kissing leprechaun couple is adorable. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. ☘️πŸ’š

  4. How delightful Kitty, and your teacup is perfect for sipping tea for St. Patrick's Day! Love the leprechauns, and the pretty shamrock plant, such a cute March table!

  5. The muffins and tea service are perfect this week, Kitty. I love the plant too. The bicolor is nice! I saw an oxalic at the grocery yesteryear but hesitantly passed it up. They're a very cheerful plant. Happy Monday. Still very cold here this morning (feels like 25°), but supposed to start warming by noon. I had to cover a peony last night!

  6. Kitty, I love the china and the set-up outside. The table looks so festive. I love Irish Soda bread and the muffins sounds perfect to make for St. Patrick's day. I hope you have a nice week Kitty and thanks for the recipe.

  7. What a lovely setting with a nod to St. Patrick's Day. Such a lovely teapot, teacup and the special leprechaun couple from your mom. The Irish soda bread muffins recipe has to make a delicious treat...........Have a wonderful week.

  8. Another charming tea vignette!

    I loved how I "influenced" you to purchase the shamrock teacup! Lol.

  9. I've never made soda muffins Kitty, I think it's something I should try:@) Happy St. Patty's Day!

  10. The shamrock plant is very resilent. I noticed mine which has been in a pot has survived the winter and looks nice now.
    I'm tempted to try the Irish Soda bread again and use your recipe.
    Love your Irish tablescape.

  11. The two-toned oxalis plant is so pretty. My mom had the green and I have the purple color. I could go for one of those muffins right about now. I wonder who has the traveling shamrock cloth this year :-)

  12. Such beauty and inspiration! Best wishes.

  13. Kitty, these look great. I don't think I've had soda bread since I left the classroom back in the 90s. Some generous mom always sent in a few during parties. One of these days I need to try to make my own. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Your Irish Soda Bread Muffins look wonderful, Kitty! It looks beautiful on your patio and what a pretty plant and teapot!

  15. this is all so festive, Kitty! happy St. Patrick's Day to you and yours!

  16. Love your sweet china tea cup. The muffins looks wonderful. How fun to find the oxalis for your table. The kissing leprechauns are so cute. A perfect tribute to St. Patrick’s day. Happy weekend. ☘️

  17. What a lovely post.
    I do like the kissing leprechauns, so sweet.
    Wishing you a happy weekend.

    All the best Jan

  18. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Kitty☘️ The muffins look delicious and your sweet tea cup is perfect on your lovely table. The kissing leprechauns are adorable! Have a wonderful week!

  19. You always share the most interesting, delicious-looking recipes, sweet friend. You are such a blessing!


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