This recipe for Irish Soda Amish Friendship Bread is super fast and super easy! With no rise time and minimal kneading, you'll have this on the table for St. Patrick's Day in a little over an hour.
Preheat oven to 375° F (190° C). If using a cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven, place inside of oven. If using a baking sheet, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combiner flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Use the paddle attachment to mix, then add the chilled cubes of butter until butter is incorporated into the flour.
In a large measuring cup, lightly beat starter, buttermilk, egg, and orange zest.
With the mixer on low speed, add the starter mixture into the flour mixture.
Flour a work surface or cutting board. Toss the currants in the flour on the board, then add the currants into the dough.
Dump the dough onto the floured board and knead to form a round loaf.
Take a sheet of parchment paper and wet it. Wring out the excess moisture and place the dough ball on top. Lightly slice an "X" into the top of the dough with a serrated knife.
Hold the ends of the parchment paper to transfer the dough to baking sheet. If using a preheated cast iron skillet or Dutch oven, carefully add the dough and parchment paper into the center. Careful, it will be hot!
Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. When you tap on the loaf, it should sound hollow.
Allow to fully cool on baking rack before slicing. Enjoy!