Cold days make me want homemade bread. The aroma wafting through my house warmed me from the inside out while this was in the oven. I almost burned my fingers as I sliced it up and slathered real, creamy butter on top. Soda bread is not for everyone, but if you DO like it then try this recipe from 101 Cookbooks. I left it pretty much unaltered except for adding poppy seeds and a light dusting of salt on top. I like salty bread. I also used a little more buttermilk than the recipe called for to keep it at the right consistency.
And, yes, this photo is the actual bread made by me in my house before I ate it all up.