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Love These Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Muffins originally come from England. The term “muffin” appeared for the first time in 1851 in a British magazine, the “London Labour”. However, this kind of muffin was a sweet yeast-based pastry product that is different than from what we know today. The “muffin man”, a kind of tradesman who purchased muffins for resale from the local baker in the mornings and early afternoons already existed in the last century. With his bell he praised the freshly fragrant pastry to the tea-loving British. His distinctive characteristic was that he carried his sales tray on his head. In Victorian England, muffins were already one of the most popular national pastries.

With the stream of emigrants from Europe, muffins also found their new home in the land of boundless opportunities. How did the transition from a yeast pastry to a simple batter biscuit come about? This question remains unanswered, but there might be a plausible explanation: Could it be that the first American pioneers did not have yeast at their disposal?! The USA and Canada are fast moving countries. American housewives do not like to spend endless hours in the kitchen – everything has to be done quickly. Therefore, muffins are a kind of fast-food pastry.

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