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bowl of cheesy bacon irish soda bread muffins

Cheesy Bacon Irish Soda Bread Muffins

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  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


A twist on a classic, these irish soda muffins are packed with cheddar cheese and bacon.


  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 oz cold unsalted butter (cut into small chunks)
  • 10 oz cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1 pkg bacon (chopped)
  • 1¼ cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg (large)


  1. Preheat oven to 375° and grease a muffin pan with either butter or cooking spray. I prefer avocado oil spray.
  2. Cook bacon as you normally would and set aside on a plate with a paper towel until cooled.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper.
  4. Add butter (make sure it's cold) and use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the dry mixture. You want the butter to wind up as small little lumps within the flour mixture.
  5. Chop bacon into small pieces.
  6. Mix in the grated cheese and bacon and set aside.
  7. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. Add this mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined. Your dough should be sticky. Make sure not to overmix.
  8. Using a scoop or spoon, fill each muffin slot with an equal amount of dough. Put a little flour on your fingers and push down the dough so that it's flat.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Internal temp should be 200° and the thermometer should come out clean when they're done.
  10. Cool for 5 minutes and then remove and let them continue to cool a bit on a cooling rack. Though they are really yummy warm!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Irish