“What must you break apart in order to bring a family close together? Bread, of course.”
Ireland is a place that holds bread in very high regard. As a nation we have placed bread in the same esteemed category as the potato and a pint of Guinness. And why not – for just like the spud and a pint of the ‘Black Stuff,’ it’s versatile, satisfying and prepared with love.
In Delgany, Co. Wicklow there is a place that can only be described as a ‘Bread Meca’ as bread is not just made here, but lovingly and patiently hand-crafted each day. From crusty sourdoughs to slow proved yeasted breads to mouth watering pastries, the ‘crafts-people’ of this bakery are not just passionate about bread, but philosophical about bread! For as Patrick Ryan, owner of this establishment puts it:
The only additives bread should contain are time and passion
This wonderful place is called The Firehouse Bakery.
The Firehouse has a beautiful open plan design so that customers can watch the bakers at work. This is actually something quite innovative for a bakery and shows that there are no secrets to the beautiful breads they make – just hard work by people that care about what they do. For lunchtime customers their wood fired oven serves up delicious pizzas and flat breads which are served alongside rustic soups and sandwiches.
Have you ever heard the expression “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime?” Well, a by product of the FireHouse Bakery and something that is so beautifully conceived is The Firehouse Bread School, located on the stunning Heir Island in West Cork. It offers 1-day courses on ‘all things bread,’ where attendees learn tips and tricks to confidently producing their own cob loaves, pizzas, flat breads, foccacias, cinnamon swirls and a whole lot more.
To all our blog readers we would strongly recommend a visit to The Firehouse Bakery if you are ever in the beautiful Co. Wicklow, or even better – enquire about learning for yourself at the bread school. For these are not just people that love what they do, these are people who want to share this love for what they do.
To find out more about the The Firehouse Bakery click here
To find out more about the The Firehouse Bread School click here
Bye for now,