Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Licht.
Hi Kimberly, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
One evening, at the beginning of quarantine, I was reading a book to my son about celebrating Shabbat. At the very end of the story, there was a recipe for making challah. He asked me if we could make it one day and, of course, I said yes. My first attempt was a complete fail. I had no idea what proofing yeast meant. It looked beautiful but came out as hard as a rock! I felt challenged so I tried again and the next one came out great! I didn’t love the consistency so I started experimenting and hunting down different recipes. I finally found one that worked for me and I began experimenting with different flavors and fillings. I also followed various bakers on Instagram to get ideas. I started posting pictures of my creations on Facebook for fun. Quickly thereafter, friends were asking me if I would consider selling them because they looked so delicious. At first, I thought it was a crazy idea but then I decided to give it a go. We were in the middle of a pandemic and stuck at home so I figured I may as well give it a shot! The reception was so overwhelmingly positive that I decided to keep going and expanding. What started out as a hobby turned into a trial business and has blossomed into The Accidental Baker!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Some of the struggles along the way had more to do with figuring out the science of baking. I needed to learn how to work with e Thank Thank Thank for sending this to to me me too soon soon soon as you you yeast and make sure that my bread wasn’t too dense or too fluffy. I needed to make sure it cooked long enough so it wasn’t too doughy inside but not dry and I either. Every oven is different and I had to make sure it came out perfect every time. There is really no room for error in baking but there is a lot of room for creativity!
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m an actress and a creative person at heart. Learning to bake challah combined my love of Judaism with my need to be creative and artistic. I didn’t want to just bake what everyone else was baking. I wanted it to be unique and exciting. I have come up with over 30 flavors and varieties using my challah dough, including challah cinnamon rolls, challah wrapped hotdogs, hamburgers buns and plaited challahs like lemon curd stuffed, mozzarella and red onion, and Nutella stuffed to name just a few. I’ve also expanded into baking for bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and special fundraising events.
Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I’ve been luckily surrounded by really supportive friends and family who have spread the word and are happy to be my taste testers also! I’m in a local Buy Nothing Sell Nothing group where I will often donate a challah to say thank you to the community for their generosity. This has led to some wonderful opportunities, good friendships and an overall feeling of spreading joy through carbs!
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