Every so often (read: twice a week), I would pop in for their delicious Irish soda bread. I used to slather them in butter, and settle in to people-watch at the counter window.
What I liked about Amy’s, was that they offered their soda bread in 2 different sizes; 1 big loaf (for all of you traditionalists) or personal-sized ‘buns.’ I liked the smaller ones because they were great for dunking in coffee. Besides, 1 big loaf was just too big for little old me and the thought of wasting it drove me nuts. *See tip below.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for raisins
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch dice
- 1¾ cups cold buttermilk, shaken
- 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
- 1 cup dried currants (I used raisins)
- good quality butter, such as Kerrygold