Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Recipe by PJ Hamel

So who says Irish soda bread HAS to be made in a round or loaf pan? These tender, Americanized Irish soda bread muffins are bursting with tiny, sweet currants and a hint (or a hit, your choice) of caraway. They're the perfect offering for St. Patrick's Day — particularly if you're looking to celebrate with something other than corned beef and cabbage! Eat them any time of day: They're slightly sweeter than their traditional Irish Soda Bread counterparts.

10 mins
20 mins
30 mins
12 muffins
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  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; 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.

  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.