Irish Soda Muffins

A couple of years ago I made Guinness Irish Soda Bread with Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day. I couldn’t help but think of that when I was making Irish Cast Iron Skillet Corned Beef Colcannon Casserole this year even though it was full of potatoes. I love carbs! Plus I rarely eat bread, so I really felt the need to make soda bread to go with the casserole. But how could I do that and not be repeating the same menu? Irish Soda Muffins were the answer. I really liked the idea of turning soda bread into smaller portions to accompany an already carb-rich meal. And they’re kinda cute LOL.

A new twist on a classic Irish bread recipe.

Recipe Author: Shelby at The Gingham Apron
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The Ingredients

One of the nice things about soda bread is that it’s full of inexpensive pantry staples. I did have to stock up on flour and buy more eggs, but I had most of the other ingredients.

One thing I did sort of change was the buttermilk. My regular grocery store doesn’t stock small containers of it, and I hate the stuff. Buying a large container of buttermilk and throwing out the majority of it makes me feel wasteful.

Instead, I use lemon juice to curdle regular milk which I always keep in my refrigerator. Here’s how:

  • Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to a measuring cup
  • Pour in enough milk to measure one cup
  • Let it sit for five minutes
  • Use the mixture as you would use buttermilk

I can’t tell you if it tastes the same since I’ve never tried my substitute (yuck!), but I have never noticed a difference in the taste of the recipes I use it in. And there’s no waste of money or food so win-win in my book.

Irish Soda Muffins Ingredients
All-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, milk, butter, and egg

The Process

The instructions for this recipe were clear and easy to follow. The whole process went very smoothly until I had to add the batter to the muffin tin. I ended up with 10 cups filled, so I had to take a little from each until I had all 12 filled. But that’s on me and not the recipe’s fault at all.

Batter-filled muffin tin
Batter-filled muffin tin

As far as time goes, I came pretty close to the 25 minutes listed. I baked my Irish soda muffins for 22 minutes, so the whole process took me 27 minutes. That’s in line with the times given, though, so I was quite pleased.

One thing to note is the butter needs to be blended into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, though, because you can use a fork instead. I find it a little awkward compared to my pastry blender, but it works almost as well.

After blending the butter and flour with a pastry blender
After blending the butter and flour with a pastry blender

So how was it?

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Irish soda muffins are an easy way to add mini portions of soda bread to your meal. I found this recipe much easier than other recipes I've tried because there was no stand mixer needed. Everything can be mixed together by hand. I had 12 muffins ready in under 30 minutes. They were the perfect size to go with the carb-heavy main course I served this St. Patrick's Day. I loved them with a pat of butter, but my husband said they were great on their own.
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