Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Hill.
Hi Hannah, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I can’t speak on how I started this journey without speaking about my family. Baking, more specifically, pie baking, is a skill that has been passed down from my great-grandma (who spent so much time in the kitchen and was always baking cookies), to my grandma, to my mother, to me. I baked my first pie by myself when I was eight or nine, and never stopped after. I pursued baking in my college education, went on to bake for a locally owned business for three years, and then COVID hit. I lost my job, like so many others during that time, and decided it was time to set off on my own. Milk and Honey started as a sink or swim kind of decision to cover my bills during the pandemic, and has only grown from there. I found a kitchen to rent as quickly as I could, buckled down, and got to work on building a product and name I could be proud of. I started getting into weekend vendor events and doing pop-up shops inside other locally owned businesses, which have become the foundation of what I do. Most days, I feel like it happened overnight. Like I blinked and I was in the middle of what I’ve been working towards since I was a little girl.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been smooth sailing the whole time, though it has been far smoother than I anticipated. The largest struggle for me is simply that I do it alone. I’m running a full scale business with no employees at this time, so it seems like there is always a setback, whether it be getting sick, or a schedule conflict that requires me to close the kitchen for a day. Or just not being able to do all of the things with the business that I’d like to be able to do because I’m only one person and not a five person team. The bumps in the road always come from not having more hands available.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I make 100% from scratch baked goods, with a very bright spotlight on pie in particular! (I make select flavors of cookies and cupcakes as well.) Everything is as homemade and down-home as I can possibly make it. Homemade dough, hand-rolled pie crust, fresh peeled apples, and pie fillings that don’t come out of a can. I try to do everything the old-fashion way. I locally source my fruit when it’s in season from orchards in the area, and bake all of my goods fresh daily. My signature flavor is the Honey Pie. It gave me my start and is the pie that makes me the most proud. It comes on a salted pretzel crust, with a honey-sweetened custard filling, and is topped with sea salt, fresh whipped cream, and a pretzel garnish.
I baked the Honey Pie for the first time in my home kitchen right after the pandemic took my job, and shared it with family. It’s been the root of my business ever since, and is the pie that regularly reminds me why I took this leap of faith in the first place.
How do you define success?
For me, success will be keeping my bills paid and a portion of time carved out for family and loved ones. I started this business as a way to honor my mother and grandparents who shared their love of baking with their children, which slowly trickled down the line to me. I wouldn’t dream of allowing it to take over my life so fully that I don’t have time to do the same for the generations in my family that come after myself. I love my family. I love my friends. If they can benefit from me being self-employed, simply because I am now allowed to give them a little bit more time in my schedule, I will be content.
I am also someone who longs to live simply. Success will look like a cozy home, paid bills, and a full heart, even when it’s tough.
- Whole Pies- $22 +tax
- Pie Slices- $4-$4.50 +tax
- Cookies by the dozen – $14-$16 +tax
- Cupcakes by the dozen – $16-$18 +tax
- Email: Mandhbakehouse@gmail.com
- Website: Milk-Honey-Bakehouse.myshopify.com
- Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/milkandhoneybakehouse/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/mandhbakehouse/