Aran Bakery & Cafe

Small Artisan Bakery & Bistro in the heart of Kilkenny.

We make real sourdough through fermentation. Bulk Fermentation, autolyse and basket fermentation.

Our signature Arán Sourdough Bread – A mixture of 70% Ølands wheat and 30% Purple wheat makes the loaf. Purple wheat gives the bread a unique nutty flavour and dark purplish colour. It takes a total of 48 hours to make.

We start with our Sourdough Mother, which we feed twice a day. When the Mother is ready, we make the dough and bulk ferment it for a couple of hours. Then, we pre-shape, bench rest, and shape the actual breads. Finally, We put them to sleep in baskets in the fridge for 24 hours. When they are rested, it’s time for baking. The oven needs to be really hot, like 260º HOT! If everything in the last 48 hours went well, we get our wonderful Arán sourdough!

We work with The Little Mill in Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny, just 10km away, to source all our local heritage flours.

Daily Bread 2020 update:

Location available: Aran Cafe, Kilkenny City

How to order or purchase: All Sourdough loaves for €3,50 available for collection in Arán or for delivery within Kilkenny City. Call 0852250424 or send us a DM with your order and we’ll deliver it straight to your doorstep this afternoon.:) Contactless payments will be much appreciated

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