Bourne mum's brilliant biscuit business
A Bourne mum who runs a successful sugar cookies business is hoping to expand in the near future.
Isabelle Brodignon (27) started her business three years ago, teaching herself everything from making the dough to icing the delicate faces and designs onto her biscuits.
Isabelle said: “When I first saw this style of biscuit, I just thought they were the most beautiful things. I really wanted to learn and it took a lot of sleepless nights.
She bakes the biscuits at home in Bourne, where she lives with her husband and two small children.
Isabelle started making her biscuits for close friends and family and posting some on her Instagram page. But she was encouraged to start selling them, after attracting social media attention.
The process of making the biscuits can take a while, with some of the most intricate taking up to 20 minutes to ice.
“A really important thing for me is that I think at first you eat with your eyes and then you taste and I completely fall in love with every design,” Isabelle said.
Creativity has always been a passion as she grew up enjoying painting and embroidery. Most ingredients are locally sourced as Isabelle feels it is important to help the people around you to grow, and to help the community.
She hopes to one day open a bakery of her own in Bourne and expand her products to include other baked goods such as cupcakes.
Originally from Brazil, Isabelle moved to London when she was 14 and has lived in Bourne for the past six years where she has only just started to connect with people from school runs.
“I’d like to open a bakery and connect with other people in the town as I believe in the force of community and coming together,” Isabelle said.
Every biscuit is made fresh to order and Isabelle can get quite busy during the festive season.
She said: “My favourite season is Christmas as it is so creative and each time I fall in love with a completely different new design.”
Biscuits can be personalised to tailor people’s needs if you give her a message through the Facebook page.
Isabelle can be found at the Edenham Christmas Fair on Saturday where she will be selling her biscuits.
“I will have my own stall this year for the first time which I’m hoping will be a really good experience and I want to get out and do more markets and fairs in the future,” she added.
Her children are never too far away from the biscuit-making, and would “eat them for the whole day” if allowed.
Biscuits are available to collect and can also be delivered. They can be purchased from www.isabellebakery.co.uk