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Episode 5, Broadcast on the 31st October 2011 on the Today with Pat Kenny Show, presented by Ella McSweeney
Pain Blanc, Waterford-style
A small, rotund, white floury bap tells the story of the French Huguenots who arrived in Waterford in the late 1600s. Persecuted in France, they came to east Ireland and set up industries such as linen making, but it was their bakers who inspired the local people. White flour, imported from France, was used to make ‘pain blanc’ - white bread. The locals loved it so much, they made it their own. Today, over 20,000 Waterford Blaas are made every day and Dermot Walsh, a third generation baker whose family have been making bread since the 1920s, is a dab-hand at the Blaa.
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