Bread Baking Adventures

I mentioned a little while ago that we were given the most wonderful wedding gift by two lovely friends. The gift involved a drive to a remote pier in West Cork, a tiny ferry and a ride in a rickety island land rover which all added to the charm that was our day at the Firehouse Bread School on Heir Island. The school is fully booked for the rest of 2015 so you can see how lucky we were to have such lovely friends!!

The bakery is run by Patrick Ryan and Laura Moore in a beautiful cottage with even more stunning views, that is home to Laura’s family and now the bakery too! Can you think of a more beautiful place to spend a day baking?

Views of Roaringwater Bay from the back door!

Views of Roaringwater Bay from the back door!

The day started with sourdough, a bread I have tried to make many times and failed spectacularly. Patrick made it seem easy and by the end of the day we were all enthralled with our lovely loaves!

Sourdough Army!

Sourdough Army!

There was a myriad other bakes to be undertaken, both sweet and savoury: Cinnamon buns, various soda breads (my favourite were bacon and cheese soda muffins!), delicious white yeast bread savoury pinwheels stuffed with mozzarella and roasted peppers, apple and cider sodas and by far my favourite bake of the day – potato, garlic and rosemary bread – the potato starch somehow makes the bread so soft and fluffy! Its delicious!

Spectacular Cinnamon Rolls as produced by Mr Happy Healthy!

Spectacular Cinnamon Rolls as produced by Mr Happy Healthy! Baguettes, savoury pinwheels & various soda loaves in the background were all equally yummy!

We came away laden with loaves and full tummies from the lovely lunch Laura had prepared for us! I could not recommend more attending a day either on Heir Island (If they can fit you!) or in the bakery in Delagany, Co Wicklow. Even my lovely new husband, who could hardly be called wild about baking, enjoyed every minute. Patrick helps you approach every stage of bread making calmly and explains everything you could need to know to recreate brilliant bread at home.

My little flowerpot loaves of Potato, Rosemary and Garlic bread

My little flowerpot loaves of Potato, Rosemary and Garlic bread

And after!

And after!

Patrick extolling the virtues of the fabulous wood burning oven!

Patrick extolling the virtues of the fabulous wood burning oven!

Gradually expanding table of deliciousness!

Gradually expanding table of deliciousness! Even more bakes appeared after this picture!

Home baked breads are now a regular occurrence in our house, free from all the rubbish in processed sliced pans and taste so much better too.

This Weeks Loaf

This Weeks Loaf

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