Holland Christian administrator spends her free time baking pies

HOLLAND – For an administrator of the Christian schools in Holland, making pies is a tradition.

When not working as a director of human resources, Rachel Hendershot makes sweet treats for the community at Rachel Lynn Handmade Creations.

“It’s really a little nostalgic for me,” said Hendershot. “Growing up, I lived just down the street from my grandmother and as a child I remember spending a lot of time with her cooking. It’s her crust recipe that I use now.”

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Hendershot opened his home bakery at the suggestion of his family.

“About five years ago, when I was baking pies for my family, my grandmother and my husband said to me, ‘Have you ever thought about selling these pies?’ So we played around with the idea and I’ve been doing it ever since. “

Flavors available at Rachel Lynn Handmade Creations include blueberry, apple, cherry, pecan, and chocolate, among others.

Hendershot’s grandmother passed away this year.

“There were a couple of times she’d come to help me with big orders,” said Hendershot. “My mom and daughter also helped, so it was four generations working together and it was great fun. It’s a creative outlet.”

Like most home bakers, Hendershot has noticed an ebb and flow in his business during the pandemic.

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“At first people were very careful and I didn’t have that many orders,” she said. “But then as we went around people wanted to support local businesses. And now I feel like we’re going back to a regular flow and routine with life in general post-pandemic. “

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hendershot typically makes 200 pies. In a normal month, she has an average of around 20.

“I also did a few weddings,” she said. “I’m just starting to browse the local markets. It’s not something I’m very comfortable with, but I push myself to do it.”

In her spare time, Rachel Hendershot, administrator of Holland Christian Schools, bakes a pie using a third-generation crust recipe from her grandmother.

Hendershot visited the Zeeland Farmers Market in July and the Artisan Markt at Holland Town Center earlier this spring.

“It was really unique because you had all kinds of salespeople and the turnout was really great,” she said. “It was fun to watch.”

Standard ten inch pies cost $ 14 regardless of flavor. Personal three-inch pies are $ 3 and gluten-free pies are $ 16. The pies are available frozen or baked, depending on the customer. Flavors include apple, cherry, rhubarb, pecan, pumpkin, peach, chocolate, and blackberry, among others.

“It’s just an art that I love,” said Hendershot. “It’s something I can do with my family and it’s a great tradition to carry on.”

To place an order, email Hendershot at [email protected].

– Contact journalist Cassandra Lybrink at [email protected]. Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.

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