Irish Soda Muffins

irish soda bread muffins


  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Melted butter and sugar, about 2 tablespoons of each,  for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Start by placing raisins in a bowl with the boiling water (the water should cover them by 1”). Let them stand and plump with moisture while you prepare the batter.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat in the softened butter until the mixture resembles moist crumbs. Whisk egg and buttermilk in a small bowl and pour into the batter. Beat until well combined, being careful not to overmix the batter.
  4. Drain the raisins and stir them into the batter.
  5. Divide the dough evenly among greased muffin cups, filling each about ¾ full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
  6. While the muffins cool, brush the tops evenly with melted butter and sprinkle with additional sugar. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes in the pan, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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