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Hope Haus Bakery: An Interview with Tammy Precise
I would like you to meet Ms. Tammy Precise, the owner of Hope Haus Bakery. She is a woman of God, integrity, honor, and humility. Tammy labors late into the night to finish every single item with 150%. The first time I worked with her, I was blown away by how calm she was in the storm of deadlines and baking multiple desserts. I worked with her this last week and I had so much fun. We made pies, cookies, cakes, and truffles. Every night after I left, she would stay up into the wee hours of the night finishing frosting cookies. She tackles every single project with grace and the power of prayer. Anytime we thought something was going wrong, she would pray “In the name of Jesus, please let this (blank) cook the way it is supposed to. She is super creative, innovative, funny, and full of energy.
Who are you?
My name is Tammy Precise, owner of Hope Haus Bakery, a delivery only bakery for now.
What inspired you to start Hope Haus Bakery?
In 2005, God gave me a vision in a dream to open a “recovery house” for those that have been rescued from human trafficking. He also gave me the scripture “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach the good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” -Isaiah 61:1-3. Obviously, this is a very costly endeavor, and I wondered how it would be funded. In 2011 or 2012, He gave me the vision of the bakery. The bakery will eventually fund the house and be used to teach skills to those beginning the healing process!
Where are you based?
Right now, I lease space in a commercial kitchen (the bakery is licensed) until God opens the door for me for the perfect location. Because I don’t have my own location yet, I am a per order, delivery only bakery.
What is your favorite recipe that you’ve ever made?
I have two. Pumpkin cheesecake and Dulce de leche Alfajores (a Whoopie Pie type dessert from Argentina)
If you weren’t a baker, what would you be instead?
I have been a hairstylist for the last 26 years. I have also been a pharmacy tech, a fence builder, and a photographer. I have worn many hats, but mostly I would do what God calls me to do.
What are your essentials for baking?
My stand mixer and Butter (lots of it!)
What are your top 5 baking tips?
1) Don’t be afraid to try new recipes! Challenge yourself by trying something completely out of your comfort zone. Growth never happens while you are comfortable.
2) When first starting out, follow recipes and directions exactly, for best results. After you are comfortable in what you are doing, add your own flair!
3) Purchase a high-quality stand mixer! Your life will be so much easier with this one little addition!
4) Use top quality ingredients. The extra cost is worth the resulting flavor.
5) Have fun! Don’t worry about making mistakes. Everyone makes them, and this is how you learn. Laugh it off and move forward!
What is one thing people may not know about you or your business?
I truly enjoy watching others succeed. Having a small part to do with the success of others is an added bonus for me!
Who inspires you?
I don’t have one particular person, but I look up to people who are honest, full of integrity and humility. Also, I look up to people who are willing to teach and share tricks and tips.
What was your biggest baking flop and how did you overcome it?
I baked this double-dark chocolate two-layer cake for a friend’s birthday. The moment we walked into her home, half of the cake fell off onto the table. The cake was so moist, it couldn’t hold up to the vibrations of travel. Needless to say, I don’t make that cake for deliveries anymore!
What is your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing about my job is teaching others to do what I do and seeing the expressions on their faces when they “get it”.
Evelyne, what is your favorite memory with Tammy?
My favorite memory would be helping her this last week. She and I baked two pies, cookies, and a cake. She taught me how to make a cherry pie and I taught her how to lattice a pie.
Check Hope Haus Bakery out online! If you do place an order, let Tammy know I sent you.