Irish Soda Bread Muffins
Irish soda bread is traditionally made in a loaf shape, but these muffins have the same terrific flavor with buttermilk, caraway seeds and currants. They are easy to make and delicious served warm.
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated (white) sugar, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup dried currants or raisins
Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Prepare the muffin pan by placing 12 baking cups in the cavities or by coating the cavities with Pan Release or baking spray with flour.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and caraway seeds. In another bowl, beat the egg, buttermilk, butter and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in currants. Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire cooling rack. Serve warm.
Preparation/Total Time: 30 minutes
Amount per serving (1 muffin): 235 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 247 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.