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    Nazook or Choreg (Armenian Sweet Pastry)

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    2 hrs 25 mins

    25 mins

    2 hrs

    davinandkennard's Note:

    Over coffee with my Armenian/Chaldean/Lebanese/Iraqi/ "brothers" this is perfect. Rich and not overly sweet. Note: Mahleb is a spice made from ground cherry pits. Sev gundeegs are tiny black seeds that have a faint anise flavor. Both are available in grocery stores that sell Middle Eastern or Greek foods. T.J.

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    1. 1
      In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and mahleb.
    2. 2
      In a medium saucepan, heat milk until hot. Add butter,
    3. 3
      shortening and sugar, and stir until sugar is dissolved.
    4. 4
      Remove from heat and set aside.
    5. 5
      Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add a bit of
    6. 6
      sugar to activate the yeast. The mixture should become foamy.
    7. 7
      Make a well in the center of the flour. Add the eggs and the
    8. 8
      milk mixture to the flour.
    9. 9
      Pour in the activated yeast. Stir to blend well.
    10. 10
      Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until
    11. 11
      the dough is smooth and elastic. The dough should be slightly
    12. 12
      sticky, not dry.
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      Place the dough in a large greased bowl. Pat top of dough with
    14. 14
      a bit of oil to prevent sticking to aluminum foil. Cover the
    15. 15
      bowl with foil and then a dish towel. Let rise in a warm place
    16. 16
      for 2 hours.
    17. 17
      Break off a small amount of dough and shape into pretzels or braids.
    18. 18
      Put rolls on a baking sheet and allow to rise for 30 minutes. Brush
    19. 19
      with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds and/or nigella (black
    20. 20
      seeds, see note).
    21. 21
      Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 26, 2011


      This is Choreg like my Grandma and Great Aunties made! This is a very good recipe.....don't pass this one up!!

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    • on September 17, 2009

      This is not Nazook but Gatah or Ketah. Nazook has a filling the other does not.

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    • on April 08, 2012

      Turned out great, but needed more sugar for a sweeter bread like my Yaya made. My husband and kid loved it. Would love a tutorial on the shapes though:)

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    Nutritional Facts for Nazook or Choreg (Armenian Sweet Pastry)

    Serving Size: 1 (121 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 369.6
    Calories from Fat 105
    Total Fat 11.6 g
    Saturated Fat 5.5 g
    Cholesterol 64.4 mg
    Sodium 371.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 56.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
    Sugars 12.6 g
    Protein 9.5 g

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