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Armenian Choereg (Breadsticks)

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“Not exactly the crispy texture of a bread stick, a little more tender. Go to your local Middle Eastern Grocery or health food store for the black seeds (Black Nigella). This is a crucial ingredient for the nutty taste. These are great with coffee or tea for breakfast or a snack. Makes alot and they last forever stored in a large plastic container. Armenians like to cook in groups, so it helps to have a partner with this one!”
READY IN:
2hrs 30mins
SERVES:
60
YIELD:
60 breadsticks
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Heat milk and turn off heat. Add butter and Crisco to melt and cool milk.
  3. If you have a large Kitchen Aid Mixer, add all ingredients except beaten egg and sesame seeds. If not, you will need to mix all in a large bowl and knead by hand.
  4. Add enough flour to make a soft slightly sticky dough.
  5. Knead 10 minutes in mixer or with oiled hands.
  6. Allow to rise until double in bulk. Around 2 hours.
  7. Oil hands and punch down. Pull off a hunk of dough and roll out with your hands to a long rope.
  8. Slice on the diagonal in 5 inch pieces. Make sticks or circles or braid three pieces together, if desired.
  9. Place on a cookie sheet an inch apart.
  10. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until light brown.

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