Rebecca Meachin recently launched her bakery business Henley Bakes www.henleybakes.co.uk from her home in Henley. Rebecca learned to bake from an early age from her Mum who always used to make her own bread. Bakers have also been in Rebecca’s family, she’s found out that her Great Great Grandfather, Reuben Blakeway and her Great Great Grandmother Elizabeth Thompson were bakers (pictured right). Elizabeth’s father and her brother were also bakers. Rebecca said, “I think baking is in my genes and I’d love to make this my full time job but at the moment I’m fitting it around my other job as University Music Technology Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.”
Henley Bakes offers a variety of breads, delicious cakes and sweets including meringues which Rebecca thinks are the new ‘cupcakes’. Rebecca likes to use locally sourced ingredients and loves to experiment by combining different ingredients. Everything is handmade with just the help of a small mixer.
Rebecca started the business by word of mouth and through her network of friends and family. Her best moment so far has been when Alison Hussey at the Local Larder shop based at the Val Wyatt Marine in Wargrave said she’d stock her products.
The Henley Bakes website has a Friday shop page http://henleybakes.wordpress.com/fridayshop/ which offers a great selection of different goodies each week you can order on-line. Orders need to be placed by Wednesday at 12 noon for collection on the Friday. If you have special event or just want a treat for the weekend, Rebecca would love to bake for these too.
Rebecca is also running baking courses for both adult and children. Her children’s courses won’t just be about making cakes, she’s already planned a pizza dough and pasta making course on 28 August. She says, “I wanted to offer something different and there are only 4 places per course so that the children get lots of personal attention.”
The Herald would like to wish Rebecca well in her new venture. Her plans for the future include getting into the lucrative wedding industry by making her beautifully coloured little meringues into wedding favours. We took home a bag of sea salt and vanilla fudge which was absolutely delicious and didn’t last very long!