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Basic Irish Soda Bread With Cheese
March 18, 2011

The word 'basic' in the title of this recipe started wheels turning in my head. The following is where I went with this wonderful bread: First, I increased the recipe by 50%, then 1) In the dough, I mixed 3 tablespoons sliced black olives and 1/4 teaspoon Herbs de Provence. 2) I rolled it out into a circle about 3/8 of an inch thick. 3) I only used 1 egg for brushing the top. 4) For the topping, I used 4 sun dried tomatoes (sliced), and equal amounts of assiaga, flaked Parmesan and fresh grated mozzarella cheeses ~~ totaling 1 cup. Baking time was 19 minutes @ 400 F. It rose to 3/4 of an inch when done. I cut it into squares and served warm at yesterdays St. Patricks Day party. Okay, so what I did to it made it so VERY unIrish (more mediteranean). I'm looking forward to using this basic recipe for other tasty experiments!

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