What makes the perfect Irish soda bread?

Yes, St. Patrick's Day is over. But after having some wonderful, soft yet tangy Irish soda bread with satsumas and European-style butter at Wegmans' (sorry, I didn't make it myself) it occurred to me how many different ways this treat can be made....

It can be bitter, with caraway seeds....

It can be served soft and warm...or rather hard, like a biscuit...

Plain..or with raisins or currants...

Butter, jam, or naked...

It's such an individual thing, what is 'good' soda bread, so what is your Platonic version of this treat?

I'm partially Irish but American enough to admit that I prefer it softer, with a more crumbly texture, sweeter, and with butter and raisins...

 

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