Nov 24, 2010

Cranberry Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Irish soda bread muffins

As promised the irish soda bread muffin recipe has arrived! I already added the recipe for loaf irish soda bread and in theory you can simply make that version and divide it into the cups of a muffin pan. But, this is a different recipe that I think worked quite well and turned out some delicious muffins! In case you didn’t see, I made these on breakfast for dinner night with our apple pancakes! They were a perfect compliment! We are a bread family! So even though a pancake is technically the bread portion of the meal, that doesn’t count in my book and I needed REAL bread! That’s when the muffin came in!

With it being the day before Thanksgiving, I’m sure everyone’s focus is on the turkey and all of its side kicks. But, I thought I’d share these muffins as a reminder that you (and any guests you might have over) still need a good start to the day. Whether it be tomorrow or any other morning, sometimes you need something quick on the go…the muffin can fulfill all the requirements. Quick to make and quick to eat!

Here’s what you’ll need!


(Adapted from King Arthur Flour. Makes 12 muffins.)

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

You start these muffins out just like any other quick bread: mix dry and wet ingredients separately and then combine. Starting with the dry ingredients, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and dried cranberries in a large mixing bowl and give everything a good mix.

Dry Ingredients: flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.

You can use a smaller bowl for your wet ingredients. Melt the butter in a small saucepan on the stove (or in the microwave if you prefer) and let this cool off for just a few minutes. While the butter melts, beat together the egg and buttermilk until they are completely mixed. Pour in your butter and give it one final stir.

Wet Ingredients: 1 egg, buttermilk and melted butter.

Pour your wet ingredients into the the larger bowl with the dry ingredients and give everything a good mix until all of the flour is absorbed by your wet ingredients. You don’t want to over-mix the batter as you could get a stiff muffin as a result. No one likes a stiff muffin!

Dry and wet ingredients combined. Muffin mixture complete!

Grease a muffin pan and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. If you are not a fan or just don’t feel like greasing your pan you can use cupcake foils/papers instead. I strongly recommend this if you are giving these as a tasty gift or having guests over. It’ll transform your muffin into a fancy muffin, with personality!

You may find it convenient to use a large ice cream scooper or a large spoon to divide the muffin mixture into the muffin cups. It is recommended you only fill the cups 3/4 of the way up, but I always have left over batter that I refuse to let go to waste down my drain. So, I fill mine up until my mixing bowl is empty. The worst thing that happens is I have a few abnormally large muffins. However, if you ask me that isn’t very much of a problem at all!

Muffin pan filled and ready for the oven!

Let the muffins cook in the oven for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. If you aren’t using cupcake liners you’ll see the muffins start to pull away from the sides of the pan when they are getting close to done.

Muffins fresh out of the oven!

You now have 12 fresh muffins calling your name! You’re set for a quick morning when you’re running late, or like I said before, dress them up and you’ve got a delicious gift for someone! Who doesn’t like homemade muffins! The more muffins and quick breads you make the easier and faster you’ll find them. It’s the same basic steps each time with just a slight variation on the ingredients. Happy muffin baking! For now, that’s cranberry irish soda bread muffins…in the shell of a nut!

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