Real Bread Ireland


What is Real Bread Ireland?

Real Bread Ireland is a support network of real bread bakers and others whose aim is to support Ireland’s real bread bakers and to make it easier for consumers to find those bakers.

If you sell bread (no matter on what scale, we have many micro-bakeries in our membership) please do consider joining.

Want to find your local real bread baker? Click here

If you are a real bread baker and want to join us (its free!) click here.


        Come and join us on Wednesday 18th September ’19 at 2.00pm for an afternoon demonstration on sourdough and tastings.
        Learn how to make your very own natural starter and sourdough loaf at Ballymaloe Cookery School

        Recipes and free sourdough starters to take home.
        Booking is essential, for further details and to book, call 021 4646785.


  1. Hello . This is the first time I am writing to Real Bread but I am a bread weevil . I eat bread with everything and I used to bake my own until I lost my electricity however I am busy constructing a wood burning oven in my garden to continue baking bread . I can testify to the adulteration of the various flours and dough mixes here – nothing but chemicals all of which affect me . It bothers me so much that as a medical doctor , prematurely retired through a head injury at a robbery at the practice , poor people who need to consume less chemicals dont due to the commercial products they eat . Where I live is surrounded by squatter camps google it at 140 Chiltern Drive Clare Estate Durban RSA . So I want to build a craft bakery to teach people to bake their own bread on an open wood fire which a lot of the population use in the informal settlements and am seeking funding for the project . Are there any bakers out there who are prepared to assist me when I get started with advice and problem shooting so that I dont make a real pigs ear of things ? my email address is and pls feel free to contact me through email . i will supply my phone number on emailed request or I will get some 419 scammers calling me which defeats the purpose of this email . Thanking you in anticipation and whish a good and pleasant day . Yours sincerely Bridgette Devin


  2. Can anyone give me a recipe for bread looking like the white bread in the above pictures, I.e. bread that my teenage boys are likely to eat. I make my own whole meal brown bread which they won’t touch, opting for supermarket sliced ‘bread’ instead for sandwiches etc. any help? Thanks Emm


  3. Are you able to source older varieties of wheat so you are not dealing with gluten manipulated flour? If yes, any brands that you recommend?


  4. Hello everyone
    Could you tell me what do you mean by:
    – additives
    – preservatives
    – chemical helps
    Thank you.


  5. hello everyone
    I really appreciate the movement of Real Bread in Ireland and it is important to promote what is real bread with a transparency to customer.

    However it is very disappointing to see in the list of members some bakeries using improvers, dough conditioners and colorant in their breads.
    I’m not mentioning names but I’m sure they will know who they are when they read this.



  6. Hello everyone,

    Having had another slight upset with my sourdough bake I started to browse the web for some information and I am thrilled to have just found this web site 🙂

    May I join your gang!

    I am a Home Baker. While having no problem (according to myself!) with standard yeast bread I am finding Sour-dough baking a little trying. My main problem is that 11 letter word -consistency-. Sometimes I can bake an acceptable loaf and other times it almost leads to a course of Prozac 🙂

    I would sincerely appreciate any help you can offer especially with my Starter. It appears to be alive with lots of bubbles but the desired result for a proper bake eludes me at times.



  7. In Holland it was a big thing not to eat Bread,” because it was said to be bad for nearly everything!” I think the stupid idea is now a bit less “in” at the moment. It but it was quite a serious problem for the bakeries. I do love special Breads and it’s so nice to have a revival of good Baking Methodes!🌹


  8. I’ve been taking bread making classes here in California and the instructor uses the same methods I’ve seen in your videos. I’m just learning and studying and I love making bread.. I want to learn all I can and keep perfecting this craft.. I know I’m in another country but would love to join your group and learn more. It’s my hope to travel to visit Ireland sometime soon.. I hope you can give me insight and to join and learn from your group of professionals. I look forward to hearing from you soon. God bless


  9. Hi I am inspired by what you are doing in Ireland I manufacture energy saving charcoal ovens suitable for micro bakeries in Kenya.

    In Kenya getting real bread is rare to many people,this campaign could be a huge success here.


  10. Hi, trying to source Fench flour type T180 in Ireland. Do you know where I could get it? It’s for bread baking, mainly sourdough. Thank you!


  11. Hi
    My name is Ziona, I am new in Ireland, I am an experienced real sourdough bread baker and would like to set up a microbakery in Cork.
    How do I start with this? Whom should I talk to regarding this?




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