Since I followed the recipe as written, I'm not going to reproduce it here, but will suggest instead that if you're interested in bread you should really buy The Handmade Loaf - there are some fantastic looking loaves in there, and almost everything is bookmarked to make at some stage, hopefully soon... I should point out that I'm not on commission here!!!
The only change I made was to pinch off a portion of the dough (probably about 1/6) and knead a few dried cranberries that I had left in the bottom of a packet into it to make a tiny loaf for a couple of breakfasts. This worked well, and I do enjoy having a fruity loaf for my breakfast! I baked this tiny loaf in my tiny loaf tin!!!
However, whilst searching the internet to see if the recipe was already out there, I saw that fellow 'Dan fan' Celia, at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial (fab, inspiring blog, check it out!) has made the loaf already, in a slightly adapted form, here. Celia, your loaf looks fab, and I wish I had fresh ricotta to use up, but here I can only get it from the supermarket.
The crumb of the loaf is fine and close and the loaf is nice and moist. I think it would make good toast, but haven't tried that yet. I know it makes good sandwiches though - there is enough substance to the bread to prevent it falling apart under the weight of fillings. I can't say I particularly noticed the ricotta flavour, but then ricotta is mild at best and mine was supermarket ricotta, not fresh.
Thanks Dan, for another great loaf. I'll remember this one next time I have ricotta left over.