When I planned on making baking packages for folks, I never imagined I would great a ton of orders. I totally figured it would start small and build over the years as customers got to know us. To be honest, I expected around six packages to be ordered. Well it turns out I was underestimating myself and our product. In our first yearsas a company we sold over 30 packages! Now to put this into a little perspective...each package contained 12 dozen items - so each package had 144 pieces and we made 30! So in only a few days, we cranked out over 4,320 baked items!
I have to tell you that this was an extraordinary moment for us. I had a lot of doubt we would even be able to pull off this kind of volume and maintain our homemade generational flavour. But we did it. It took several long days and night and even an all-nighter to pull it off, but we managed and I really hope everyone enjoys our creations this Christmas season.
I have to say that our baking was not without trials! We had many things happen which were so inconvenient. We had our oven break down and need repair which coincidentally meant we had to put our shortbread dough into the fridge over night. So in the morning once the oven was fixed and working we discovered a chemical change had occurred in our generationally tested shortbread recipe which meant they melted in the oven! What started as the beautiful photo below - hand whipped and piped short breads...
We also burned a lot of cream cheese cookies. We had to adjust some of our cooking times because of the new element in the oven and it turns out that the new oven didn't like some of our pans and just burned cookies in some spots. But once we had figured everything out we were able to crank out the 4320 baked items for every bodies' packages.
So here's to Christmas! And I can't wait to do it all over again next year! (Okay, maybe I can wait...but I'm still looking forward to it)