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A dozen caraway Irish soda bread muffins, cooling and artfully arranged on a wire rack.
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5 from 4 votes

Caraway Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Hearty Irish soda bread muffins packed with the flavor of caraway seeds. So easy to make for breakfast, snacks, or a festive side to go with your St. Patrick's Day feast.


  • 1 and 1/2 cups (180 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (85 grams) white whole wheat flour can substitute additional all-purpose
  • 1/3 cup (67 grams) granulated sugar plus extra for topping
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C). Lightly grease a standard muffin pan, and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, caraway seeds, salt, and baking soda.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and melted butter.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir gently to combine. Do not overmix; stop as soon as the batter is evenly moistened.
  • Divide batter evenly among the prepared muffin wells, filling each about 3/4 full. The batter will be stiff and form small mounds in the wells. Sprinkle a small amount of additional white sugar on top of each muffin, if desired.
  • Bake for 20-24 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove pan from the oven, and gently tip the muffins in the pan; this prevents the bottoms from getting soggy. After 5-10 minutes, remove muffins to cool directly on a wire rack. Serve slightly warm, with butter.


  • Storage: These taste best the day they are made, but can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to three days.
  • No buttermilk? It's OK to substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream in this recipe.
  • Low on butter? Substitute 1/3 cup of canola or another neutral cooking oil.
  • Recipe: Adapted, slightly, from King Arthur Flour.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 196mg, Potassium: 124mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 230IU, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 1mg
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