25 November 2016
Designer Spotlight: Dough Re Mi
visit storeThe Dough Re Mi team is a fierce team of two – Meredith and Jessie and we love to bake. We are the cookie crew and co-founders of Dough Re Mi.
We know that there is nothing better than the sweet crunch of biting into a perfectly baked cookie and wanted to share our creations with the world.
We started on our cookie adventure in July 2016. We are at the same playgroup in North Wagga, and we were discussing whether we should hold a bake sale to raise money for it and then the conversation then ended up with “should we start a business?” It was as simple as that! A quick 2-minute conversation and the rest is history.
First came our name (that was all Jessie), then the logo, and we had our first market 3 weeks later. The buzz of the first sale was incredible. It is crazy to think that Dough Re Mi isn’t even 6 months old yet!
We both LOVE to bake – we both have fond memories of baking in the kitchen at home with our mums (who we occasionally rope in to help with those big orders) and it has all just stemmed from that.
Our motto is “every batch from scratch”. We love the process of creating our cookies from raw ingredients and turning them into something that people keep coming back for.
All the magic happens in our humble kitchens. We are very lucky that we live in neighbouring suburbs as there has been many a dash for extra butter or eggs in the craziness of baking for a deadline.
Because we are mums of young families, we get to spend a lot of time together outside of the kitchen, with play dates, preschool pickups and play group each week. That really gives us inspiration for new designs and yummy flavour combinations.
WE LOVE LOCAL! We use local ingredients where ever we can. Our bacon (yes we use bacon in one of our cookies) is from a local free range pork producer and the tea in our Earl Grey is from a small local Wagga business.
We get our gorgeous eggs from a family that live just out of Wagga that have their chooks outside basking in the sun during the day and our dried Cherries are not from the US, they are from Young, the cherry capital of Australia. We appreciate all the support we have been given from the local community so we give back as much as we can. We believe in karma and paying it forward.
This is going to sound cliché but everything inspires us! We will spend an afternoon at the park with the kids and brain storm the next theme of cookies or an idea on how to change the packaging or our market set up.
We spend lots of time in the kitchen with our kids. They “help” us while we work. It’s amazing the ideas you get from kids when you give them some dough to play with and see what they produce. They use the fondant tools in a totally different way than we use them and because they have no boundaries they are able to create things that we didn’t even think of.
There is nothing nicer than walking into a house and smelling freshly baked cookies. We bake that much now that people can even smell the cookies from the street!
We love the world of handmade. When you create, it instantly gives you a membership into the handmade community. There are so many people who want to help you, build you up, give you advice, tell you what mistakes they made and how to avoid the same – it’s a very friendly and supportive environment. It’s something that we both turn to when we have a question or just need to have a good vent.
As a shopper, the world of handmade gives you that feel-good feeling. You are making a difference to a family – helping kids go to dance class or allowing a Mum or Dad to work from home and look after their kids.
It’s an environment that should be celebrated and supported.
Visit Meredith and Jessie’s Store to find delicious treats: Dough Re Mi