As a kid, Hana Yohannes would eat one Pop-Tart for breakfast — but the frosted morning pastry comes in a pack of two. Yohannes would tuck away the second Pop-Tart in her backpack, saving it for her younger brother to enjoy that afternoon when she got home from school.
Skipping over a huge handful of years, Yohannes found herself in a different type of school — the Pastry Project, where she learned how to make homemade Pop-Tarts. Yohannes now makes these and many other baked treats for her Central District Bakery, Shikorina Pastries.
With a focus on using fair-trade, organic and local ingredients whenever possible, Yohannes opened Shikorina Pastries to share her love of baked goods with her community.
"Most of my menu is developed by the things that I really enjoy and things that give me a warm feeling," Yohannes said. "I'm focusing on things that I think are unique and creative that you can't really get in most other places, but I'm also doing the classics that everyone enjoys and really makes people smile."
This includes the phenomenal Shikorina Pastries version of Pop-Tarts. Yohannes makes them in two flavors — strawberry, featuring her homemade organic strawberry jam, and caramel apple, made with organic apples and a homemade salted caramel sauce.
What else is on the menu at Shikorina? Mini pies, cookies, cupcakes, chocolate chunk brownies, banana bread and cakes make the bakery the perfect stop for any sweet-tooth desire.
Yohannes changes the menu to feature seasonal produce and flavors. She just made a batch of organic apple cider that pairs perfectly with the apple pie. Over the summer, Yohannes made a campfire version of her classic brownie by topping it with homemade marshmallows, homemade graham cracker chunks and organic peanut butter cups.
Growing up, Yohannes loved to bake with her family, but she often used boxed mixes. The one treat she always made from scratch was banana bread.
"That is one of my favorite things to make today, and I'm actually still using the original recipe I developed as a kid," Yohannes said. "Honestly, I couldn't believe I was able to find the recipe written down in an old notebook I had."
Yohannes is also on a mission to produce as little waste as possible at Shikorina Pastries.
"We are also working to become a zero-waste business," she said. "Currently, we produce almost no garbage. Some days we have zero garbage at all, and other days it's just butter wrappers."
Using sustainable practices and fair-trade ingredients, Shikorina Pastries is putting people in front of profit. Yohannes said that everyone deserves to have access to high-quality ingredients, and Shikorina Pastries is her way of bringing that experience to the community.
Shikorina Pastries is open Tuesday through for takeaway at 2418 E Union St. in Seattle's Central District. Order online through their website for easy pickup or local delivery.