I was excited to try a new type of bread for a side dish and I'm glad I picked this one. The flavor is plain and simple but interesting because of the barley, and I like the texture. I agree that it definitely needs to be eaten hot--next time I won't even pull it out of the oven till everyone is sitting at the table for dinner because it to cool too fast for us--and it was lovely with the butter. I also added the sugar (because I cannot do without) and the baking powder, and I used fresh ground barley flour. I think fresh flour always makes things taste best. WIll definitely make this again. Thanks for a great recipe.