This bakery prides itself on using traditional methods. Set in Cappoquin, in Waterford, this is probably the only place you'll find award-winning home-baked bread being produced from a traditional Scotch Brick Oven.
Family owned, this place is home to some of the oldest in the industry still working and producing home baked bread. Bread is baked on what's called "falling heat' which means it is slow baked in exactly the right conditions to produce light crisp loaves with a unique taste, texture and crust. Each loaf is placed in the oven by hand; using a long handled baker's "peel' to place them right to the back of the oven, and then removed the same way.
In the bread making process, there's little in the way of mechanics involved here, except for an industrial sized mixer to make the dough from unbleached French flour and yeast. Breads are hand moulded and proved naturally, which adds to the flavour and texture. Under the baker's table lie ancient blackened bread moulds of all shapes and sizes, all of which have their own story to tell if only they could talk! Some of them date back to Esther's father's day and have names like Ridgey Pan - a loaf tin with ridges in the base - and Long Pan.
Barron's also bake the original Turn Over Loaf, in a two and a half foot long tin, which is then broken into pieces known as "hands of bread'. These are so named because you can hold one hand of bread between the crook of your elbow and the base of the fingers. There are three hands per tin and the whole loaf has a light but close texture, allowing a billowing dark brown crust of the sort said to make your hair curl!
Barron's also make: old fashioned butter loaves - a sweet version of a normal pan, traditional barn brack, seed loaves and traditional Irish brown soda bread. They also feature the famous Waterford Blaa - a soft bread roll brought to the area by the Huguenots, which is only produced in a small number of places
Over the years they’ve extended their baking skills to include a huge range of desserts, so now you can stop in for truffle buns, gateux, or delightful little pastries. The magic doesn’t end there with home-baked comforting desserts like crumbled and tarts on display. Everything is beautifully presented and full of home baked flavour.