Blueberry Lemon Soda Bread Muffins are an enthusiastic nod to traditional Irish Soda Bread. They’re a subtly sweet, moist, and light breakfast muffin with a tender crumb. Loaded with blueberries and lemon zest, topped with a fresh lemon glaze. Yes! They are as delicious as they look!
On St. Patrick’s day I decided to try to make Irish Soda Bread. I’d never made it before, but I love unleavened breads for a variety of reasons. Mainly because they are “quick breads”. If made correctly they are moist with the perfect crumb. Maybe it’s the English blood running through my veins but I’ll take a scone, biscuit, or flat bread any day of the week! (Who am I kidding! It’s all about the carbs! I truly weep for the Gluten free generation!)
Any who…back to my Irish Soda bread!
It turned out beautifully and my family absolutely LOVED it. They loved it more than my biscuits! I get it too… it’s a little more dense and moist than a biscuit!
As I sat there that day eating my slice of Irish Soda bread I got to thinking… (Okay fine! I was dreaming of food while eating food! It’s what I do! I’m sure there’s a support group I should be a part of!)…“What if I took this same recipe and made it into a breakfast muffin? A muffin loaded with blueberries and lemon? How fantastic would that be!!!”
So I did! And they are truly spectacular! (If I do say so myself!) Add some fresh Microwave Lemon Curd and… “Stand back Martha”…there’s a new girl in town! (Yep I just threw it down!)
Preheat oven to 400°.
In a medium size bowl add 3 cups of flour and 1 cup of cake flour. Add 3 Tablespoons sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Using a wire whisk, blend dry ingredients together.
TIP: Doing this before adding the wet ingredients helps to distribute all the ingredients equally.
Cut up 2 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter and add to dry ingredients. Unlike biscuits, soda bread uses very little butter, or fat, in its dough. Don’t let that concern you It turns out perfect!
Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until a fine crumb forms. It will be so fine it will be undistinguishable. I like to play with my food…(confessions of a foodaholic)…and I love to run my hands through the mixture to make sure all the butter and flour have combined to create the perfect crumb.
Make a deep well in the center of the flour mixture.
Add 1 pint fresh blueberries, and the zest of one lemon.
Now my blueberries were looking a little like the skin on my neck! They were menopausal blueberries! Just embrace them. I prefer to think of them as “being in their prime”!
Add 1 3/4 cups plus 2 Tablespoons buttermilk. Stir carefully until a soft dough forms. DO NOT OVER STIR the dough! Two reasons. The first is mentioned below. The second…those “prime” blueberries! We don’t want them bursting open and turning the dough blue! We want them to stay intact as much as possible.
TIP: The secret to successful unleavened breads is to not over handle the dough. Don’t over mix, over knead, or over manipulate it. It makes the dough tough! (You’d get tough too if someone over handled you!)
On a floured surface gather the dough together to form a big ball. You could at this point just make a big loaf of blueberry lemon bread. That’s fine too. Just be sure to cut an “x” through the top and bake for 40-45 minutes. However, if you want the muffins…keep following along!
Prepare a baking sheet or 10 inch cast iron skillet by lining it with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet.
Gently tear off handfuls of dough to form “muffin” balls. Do NOT roll them. Just gently pat them into balls. They don’t have to be perfect…we are going for “rustic” muffins! (I’m sure there’s a thousand puns here to go along with “rustic muffins”…let’s just not go there!)
Place muffin rolls on baking sheet, or in skillet. Bump them up together. Let’em get chummy in there! Using a sharp knife cut small “x’s” in the top of each muffin. This will give the muffins crispy peaks during baking.
Place in preheated 400° oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until centers are no longer “doughy” and the tops are crispy golden brown.
How do you know they are no longer “doughy”? Look down into the center where the muffins touch each other. You’ll notice at once if they are still too doughy.
Remove from oven. Aren’t they beautiful!!!
Brush tops with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Make sure to get that butter in all the nooks and crannies! (Thomas’s has nothing on these beauties!)
As the muffins slightly cool… prepare the lemon glaze.
In a small bowl add 1 cup of powder sugar. Stir in 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice.
TIP: If too thick add more lemon juice until desired consistency is reached.
Mix to form a slightly thick smooth glaze.
Drizzle lemon glaze over top of blueberry lemon soda bread muffins. Sprinkle with additional lemon zest.
TIP: If you like a sweeter lemon flavored muffin drizzle tops with more glaze. This glaze is finger lickin’ good! A great balance between sweet and sour!
Let’s get up close and personal!
Are ya drooling yet? Cause if your not drooling I haven’t done my job properly! Tender moist crumb muffins with plump warm juicy blueberries and lemon glaze!
Wanna dig inside? Why not! I mean what good is a peek if you can’t take a look inside the package! So moist! Each bite is loaded with blueberries and the refreshing taste of spring lemons!
Aren’t they beautiful! Just how I dreamed they’d turn out!
I love their country rustic golden tops with the blueberries peeking out all bathed in that scrumptious lemon glaze!
These stunning Blueberry Lemon Muffins are perfect for Easter breakfast, Spring Brunch, Mother’s Day or any other spring function you may be hosting! A true show stopper!
What’s better than how mouth-watering they are? They’re easy to make and ready in less than an hour! SCORE!
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