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Waterford Blaa
Waterford Blaa
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Idle time
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
When you hear Waterford, you're likely to think of its famous crystal. However, Waterford is equally famous for its Blaa, which is a soft white bread roll with a floury exterior.  It is the quintessential morning roll that locals fill with sausages, eggs, crispy bacon, or whatever else suits their fancy. 
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 12 Rolls
Calories: 126 kcal
Author: Chula King
  • 1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons (9.5 ounces, 269 ml) water
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (0.5 ounce, 14 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups (15 ounces, 425 grams) bread flour
  • 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
  • Additional flour for dusting
  1. Place all ingredients except for the extra flour for dusting in the bread machine pan in the order listed. Select the dough cycle; press start.

  2. Line a 13 x 18-inch half sheet pan with parchment paper. Sprinkle flour over surface; set aside.

  3. When dough cycle finishes, transfer dough to floured surface. Partition into 12 2.15-ounce pieces of dough. Roll into a ball. Roll the dough ball in the additional flour. Flatten between palms, and place on prepared baking pan. Repeat with remaining dough. You should end up with 4 rows of 3.

  4. Sprinkle with additional flour. Allow to rise for 60 to 80 minutes, or until all rolls are puffy and touching adjacent rolls.*

  5. Preheat oven to 400° F.

  6. Bake rolls in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush excess flour from rolls.

  7. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely

  8. Yield: 12 Waterford Blaas

Chula's Expert Tips

*To produce the perfect environment for the rolls to rise, heat electric oven for exactly 1 minute and 45 seconds.

Nutrition Facts
Waterford Blaa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 291mg 12%
Potassium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.