I found this recipe to be easy and straightforward. The recipe calls for golden raisins and currants, but I had neither on hand so I added dark raisins and dried cherries to mine. The only problem I ran into was the dough being extremely sticky. Melissa says to use "a little flour" if needed, to form the dough into a large round. I had to add a lot of flour to mine before it was even manageable. I was worried that in doing so, I over worked my dough and the bread would not turn out very good, but in the end I still had a nice bread to show for it. Traditional Irish soda bread doesn't contain any dried fruit in it, it was only in later years that the dried fruit was mixed in, but I found the fruit to be a nice addition. I've never had Irish soda bread before, but I really don't think that I would like the version without the dried fruit.
Thanks, Julie, for hosting this week. Overall, I thought this bread was good but I think I much prefer yeast breads over this one (even if they do take longer). If you'd like the recipe, you can find it here. Make sure you check out the Sweet Melissa Sundays Blog Roll to see how everyone else enjoyed this traditional Irish treat!
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* Recipe notes:
- I found that this bread took much longer to bake than indicated. I had to bake mine an additional 10-15 minutes before it was done.