BAKING HAPPINESS runs deep in our veins. This specific recipe for our Lebkuchen was handed down from my grandmother to my mother and then to me. My gran started baking little bags of biscuits to spread festive cheer amongst boarding school kids in 1963.
For me it all started in my mother’s kitchen when I was just a little girl…mixing, rolling, decorating and of course licking the bowl. I am not sure if it was my sweet tooth or the magic of baking that got me hooked but either way it was the start of my journey into the magical world of baking. Much of my baking knowledge and passion for the craft I attribute to my mom. It was during this time that the seed of one day making a business out of gingerbread was planted.
I started my career as a graphic designer (2006). Being passionate about visual communication and creative problem solving, I spent 10 years in the industry. This stood me in good stead, learning all I could about design, marketing and branding. Little did I know how much I would rely on this skill when I started my company.
It all started very small baking for markets (2008) during the festive season and as demand for the product grew, so did my business. I loved seeing people react to the products, almost always eliciting a smile. This is really what kept me motivated while working a full-time job and a start-up on the side. It is also the reason for our tag line Baking Happiness since 1963.
October 2014 saw the launch of the brand Harck & Heart. In 2016 I decided to take the plunge and to pursue my dream full time. I now have the pleasure of combining both my passions: baking and design, the perfect combo. We moved into our own premises in January 2017. It is challenging but rewarding at the same time, a constant learning curve.