King Arthur Flour
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the taste of Irish soda bread in the form of a muffin that’s easy to dispense. Bring them to the office, stick them in the freezer or offer them to your favorite bartender. In this recipe, sour cream or yogurt is added instead of the traditional sour milk or buttermilk — this is the agent that helps the baking soda give rise to the soft flour. Irish soda bread was not actually invented in Ireland. The recipe and the baking soda came from America, but it was quickly adopted across the ocean because yeast and hard wheat were more expensive. Don’t want the gluten-free version? A similar recipe using wheat flour can be found online at kingarthurflour.com.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt or sour cream, and melted butter or oil.
Stir together the dry and wet ingredients. As soon as everything is evenly moistened, stop stirring; this batter doesn’t need beating.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan; a muffin scoop works well here. The stiff batter will be mounded in the cups. Top with sparkling white sugar, if desired.
Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove them from the oven. Tip the muffins in the pan, so their bottoms don’t get soggy. Wait five minutes, then transfer the muffins to a rack to cool. Serve them plain, or with butter and/or jam.