Northern Ireland, Athlone & Letterkenny bring us our new members in this update

Kim Close & Peter Moore, Fresh From The Kitchen. Bangor, Co Down

From Kim – My inspiration for making real bread was taking classes with Richard Bertinet in his cookery school in Bath and I have now passed this training on to my son who makes very mean baguettes, ficelle and fougasse. We focus on slow-proved doughs and sourdoughs. A current favourite is a slow-proved white dough with butternut squash and seeds. 

Right now Kim is focused on running bread baking courses – you can see full details on their Facebook Page.

Facebook: Fresh From the Kitchen


Shane Kelly, Mary’s Bakery. Supervalu Athlone

This one was interesting for us to receive as it is the first from a baker within a retail chain like this.

We exchanged emails with Shane and this is what he came back to us with: The bread I make is our white bloomer bread. I do not use any improver in it. It is approximately a 4 hour ferment based on our own starter that I have on the go for last 5 months. I do use some yeast in it also.

I also occasionally make an overnight rye bread which ferments in coldroom overnight. It also has starter and small amount of yeast in it .

Great to see this – thanks Shane 😉


Facebook Page: Supervalu Athlone

Christopher Molloy, The Lemon Tree Restaurant. Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Christopher owns and runs a small 40 seat restaurant and bakes small batches of breads for their menu.

From Chris: We bake sourdoughs mainly plain-rye and Kinnegar Amber ale…We use Irish produced flour and Donegal Seasalt… We bake them in a Dutch oven (casserole pot) here in the restaurant every other day.  All our sourdoughs uses a starter which is 4 years old.

Their Facebook page: Lemon Tree

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Welcome to the three of you.