Hot Cross Buns Recipe: Perfect for Easter Sunday!

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Marked with a symbolic puff pastry cross, Hot Cross Buns are a special treat and frequent fixture at many Easter Sunday meals. Though they are quite tasty plain, they are especially delicious when split and then served with a liberal layer of butter and fresh marmalade.

Yield: 24 buns

Time: Approximately 3 hours

Ingredients

1 cup warm milk (105-115)
5 teaspoons active dry yeasts
1/2 hefty cup of granulated sugar
4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 sticks cold unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup dried currant
1/3 cup golden raisins
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh orange zest
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest
3 tablespoons superfine granulated sugar
Pastry dough

Directions

In a small bowl stir together milk, yeast, and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar. Let mixture stand 5 minutes, or until foamy.

Pour flour, allspice, cinnamon, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl and sift all ingredients together. Cut butter into small chunks and use your fingertips or a pastry blender to blend into flour mixture – mixture should resemble a course meal.

Lightly beat 1 whole egg with egg yolk. Make a well in center of flour mixture and pour in yeast and egg mixtures, as well as currants, raisins, and zests. Stir mixture until a dough is formed. Transfer dough to a floured surface and with floured hands knead until smooth and elastic, about 1- minutes.

Transfer dough to an oiled large bowl and turn to coat. Let dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours. 

Butter 2 large baking sheets. 

On a floured surface with floured hands knead dough briefly and form into two 12 inch long logs. Cut each log crosswise into 12 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball and arrange about 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets. Let buns rise, covered, in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

While buns are rising, lightly beat remaining egg with superfine sugar to make an egg glaze. On a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin, roll out pastry dough into a 20 by 6 inch rectangle (about 1/8 inch thick). With a sharp knife cut rectangle crosswise into 1.8 inch wide strips. 

Brush buns with egg glaze and arrange 2 pastry strips over center of each bun to form a cross. Trim ends of pastry strips flush with bottoms of buns. Bake buns in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until golden, about 12 minutes.

Transfer buns to a rack to cool slightly. Buns may be made 1 week ahead and frozen, wrapped in foil and put in sealable plastic bag. Thaw buns and reheat before serving. Serve buns warm or at room temperature. 


Recipe adapted from Epicurious

Cafe Artemis Grand Re-Opening Open House

Owner Teresa Carew (left) standing with artist Melissa Evans (right)

As some of you might already know, Cafe Artemis, the newest member of the On Safari Family is now open for operation – serving hungry professionals in Lower Queen Anne breakfast, lunch, and espresso every week day from 7:00am-3:00pm.

What you might not know is that Cafe Artemis will also be showcasing the artwork and photography of Seattle creatives on a quarterly rotating basis. This means that every four months, patrons of Cafe Artemis will get the chance to ponder the artistic vision of a new local talent. 

In addition, we will also be hosting a complimentary open house every quarter to celebrate the arrival of each new artist. So be sure to keep up to date via our Facebook for Open House dates and times. 

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Arcade Lights: After Hours Foodie Paradise at Pike Place Market

Hosted after hours in the world-famous Pike Place Market, this fabulous event is a food lovers paradise, and provides a truly unique glimpse into one of Seattle’s historic treasures.

It’s also one of our all-time favorite annual events!

Featuring gourmet goods from over 70 local artisan vendors, spanning the entire gamut from sweet to savory, cider to beer, and wine to craft liquor – Arcade Lights truly does have something for everyone.

Photo credit: Rosemary Dai Ross

Even better than getting to sample all the amazing food and drink, is the fact that the proceeds from this event go towards supporting the Market’s social endeavors – such as the Pike Market Senior Center and the Pike Market Food Bank.

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St. Patrick’s Day Luck O’ the Irish Special Menu



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Good news! The luck of the Irish is with you this year!

In light of huge demand, we are again offering our rich and delicious St. Patrick’s Day lunch special! This menu is available for staffed events, drop-off deliveries, and for pick-up at our main shop in SoDo.

Place your order soon, as this menu is available now and quantities are limited! Don’t let your luck run out though – the last day to order is Monday, March 13.

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I Do SoDo | Seattle’s newest wedding show | Feb 12, 2017

I Do SoDo

I Do SoDo – Seattle’s newest wedding show – is an event unlike any other.

Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood, once a strict warehouse district, is in the midst of a wonderfully chic transformation! Steadily filling with tasty restaurants and hip bars, SoDo is now home to some of Seattle’s best hidden gems.

With a scintillating blend of old and new, steel, concrete, and wood, the neighborhood boasts an edgy elegance that redefines the traditional norms of beauty and style.

I Do SoDo, Seattle’s hippest new wedding show, was born of a desire to showcase all the wonderful options this varied and often overlooked neighborhood has to offer.

With over 100 talented vendors, spread out across 8 amazing SoDo venues – I Do SoDo flawlessly combines all the fun elements of this unique neighborhood into a one-of-a-kind, industrial chic, wedding event.

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Unique Valentine’s Day Gift | Dazzling Dessert Box

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This February 14th, dazzle your special someone with an extra special Valentine’s Day gift!

Beautiful, elegant and wholly unique – our dazzling Valentine’s Day gift boxes are sure to surprise and delight!

Every box is decorated by hand, and a variety of colors are available.

Each gift set includes:

2 187ml bottles of glittering Prosecco

2 homemade and hand-decorated frosted shortbread heart cookies

4 chocolate ganache and Dulce de Leche tartlets

1 blank card for a personalized note (optional)

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Our Favorite Food Moments of 2016 [Mouthwatering Pictures]

new-years-champagneHappy New Year Seattle!!

Like most people, the beginning of a New Year gets us thinking about the one that just passed. Though the world seems to be in a somewhat constant state of turmoil, we take comfort in the fact that no matter the circumstance – food has the power to transcend boundaries and bring people together. 

As a company, we took back at 2016 and remember the pleasure of working with some amazing clients, the excitement of expanding our kitchen in SoDo, the humble honor of winning Best of Western Washington’s Wedding Caterer of 2016, and the true joy of improving our craft and experimenting with new flavors and cuisines.

Bombarded as we are by upheavals worldwide and widespread negativity in the media, we believe that now, more than ever, it is important to remember those truly remarkable things that happen everyday. Keeping that in mind, we’ve compiled below a short montage of our favorite food moments of 2016.

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Why celebrate Thanksgiving at work?

Because embracing love, good food, and gratitude shouldn’t stop at the front door of your home.

Also, Thankgiving is always one of those holidays that seems to fly by too quicly. One minute you’re carving the turkey, the next you’re eating Thankgiving leftovers sandwiches at work. 

Not that those sandwiches aren’t amazing (because they are), but this year we wanted to explore a few special ways you can spread seasonal cheer beyond the family table.

After all, there is more to the holiday than simply devouring a delicious meal.

With that in mind, read on to find our top five simple tips for celebrating Thanksgiving at work. 

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Halloween is easily one of our favorite holidays – creepy costumes, delightful decorations, and dangerously delicious desserts.

It’s that last one though that tends to get us in trouble.

When it comes to desserts we definitely don’t discriminate – brownies, cake, candy – we love it all! So when Halloween comes around, it’s always a struggle not to go overboard with the sugar.

With that in mind, this year we decided to be proactive and put together a quick, simple guide aimed at helping everyone stay healthy during this spooky holiday season.

Check it out and enjoy a happy, healthy Halloween!

Healthy Halloween Pumpkins

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Rainy Day Activities: 7 Things to Do in Your Kitchen

Fall has officially fallen in Seattle, and it’s time to consider a few rainy day activities – how best can we use all that time cooped up indoors? Though there’s a wide range of things you could do on a rainy day, our interests lie – as you might imagine – on things to do in the kitchen.

Of course, as a caterer we are a bit biased, but in our minds the kitchen is the centerpiece of any home. It is a place to create culinary masterpieces, converse with loved ones, and gather with friends.

So when we came up with the idea for a rainy day activities post, we figured: Why not center everything around the kitchen? Heaven knows, there’s plenty to do there.

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