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Waterford Blaa
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Waterford Blaa

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. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Idle time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 12 Rolls
Calories: 126kcal
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


  • 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.
  • Line a 13 x 18-inch half sheet pan with parchment paper. Sprinkle flour over surface; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle with additional flour. Allow to rise for 60 to 80 minutes, or until all rolls are puffy and touching adjacent rolls.*
  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Bake rolls in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush excess flour from rolls.
  • Transfer to wire rack to cool completely
  • Yield: 12 Waterford Blaas


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


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg