As St. Patrick’s Day approaches my mouth starts watering for some delicious Irish food. Soda bread is a festive way to kick off the day, it makes a great addition to your morning cuppa Joe, an afternoon snack or served alongside dinner. These soda muffins are easy to make, a fun tradition to share with your family, friends and neighbors. I love baking quick-breads because, just like their name, they are ready in no time and hassle free. Hope you enjoy these simple and delicious Irish treats.
Irish Soda Muffins
Prep and bake time: 40 minutes / makes 2 dozen
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt, course
3 tablespoon butter, cubed
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sugar, course crystals
- Preheat oven to 375º
- Grease large muffin pan and set aside.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl; flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- Using cold butter, dice butter into small cubes and add to the dry ingredients.
- Using a pastry cutter or a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, cut in butter until the flour mixture resembles course crumbles. You can also do this step using your hands.
- In a small bowl mix together the buttermilk, honey and egg; beat until combined.
- Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir or mix on low speed until combined. Batter should be thick and not runny.
- Add golden raisins and dried cranberries and mix until combined.
- Using a 1/4 measuring cup fill greased muffin pan with batter. Sprinkle batter tops with course sugar and bake for 20 minutes or until golden on top.
- Using a toothpick, check the center of the muffins to see if they are set. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy with your favorite buttery spread.
I made my own butter spread for these muffins, a orange honey butter. 3 tablespoons butter, zest of 1 medium orange and 1 tablespoon honey. Mix well and spread on muffins.
Happy St. Patty’s Day!