If you are ever in Waterford, and someone says blah blah blah to you, don't think they're being rude or insinuating you're boring! What they're really saying is Blaa Blaa Blaa, and likely as not, they're extolling the virtues of the famous bread roll of this part of the world. The Waterford Blaa has been around since the time of the Huguenots in the 1700's, and it has a very special place in the heart of the people of Waterford city and county. Which is why we're delighted to welcome to Good Food Ireland the city's Walsh's Bakehouse, which makes the famous Waterford Blaa, among other baked goods.
This bakery is named after two brothers, Michael and Dermot Walsh, who are third generation bakers in the family. Twenty four years ago, they started their own set up in Waterford City, making breads for the catering and retail industry. Naturally, the Waterford Blaa is included in the repertoire here. Locals enjoy their Blaa with bacon in the middle, as a traditional mid morning snack. We're told there are no Bacon Blaas left in city or county after midday - so if you're in the area and want to try one, you'd better get up early and get running!
Walsh's Bakehouse goods are available throughout the Waterford area, including the larger stores and many smaller independent grocery shops. Their most famous offering, the Waterford Blaa, is an indigenous food in these parts, so revered as one of Ireland's most traditional baked items, that it recently won a prestigious Eurotoque award for uniqueness and quality. The boys are rightfully proud of their version, and whilst the Blaa may be a Waterford speciality at the moment, they intend to make their famous bread roll a star on a national scale. If Michael and Dermot get their way, the whole of Ireland will be saying Blaa Blaa Blaa before long. Bring it on!