Nazook armenian pastry

Nazook armenian pastry

Nazook are wonderful Armenian (some would argue Assyrian) pastries, with a crispy, flaky crust, wrapped around a buttery, sweet roux-based filling.

– yeast – sour cream – all-purpose flour – salt – unsalted butter – egg – vegetable oil – lemon juice – melted butter

Dough Ingredients

butter – all-purpose flour  – sugar – vanilla extract – cardamom – chopped walnuts

Filling Ingredients

Glaze Ingredients

– egg yogurt

– Add yeast to the sour cream and mix. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Prepare Dough

Combine flour, salt, and butter. Cut butter into flour. Add egg, vegetable oil, lemon juice, and sour cream; mix well.

Knead dough until no longer sticky. Form into a ball, mark with a "+". Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate  3 hours.

– Add melted butter, flour, sugar, vanilla, cardamom, and ground walnuts to a bowl. 

Prepare Filling

Mix thoroughly until the filling ingredients are combined and crumbly.

Remove dough from refrigerator; divide into 4 equal portions. Roll out one portion at a time into a 10" x 6” rectangle. Brush with melted butter.

Spread ¼ of the filling over each rectangle. Cover with parchment paper and lightly roll over it with a rolling pin so that the filling adheres to the dough.

– Fold the edges in ½” over the filling and roll into a cylinder. Gently flatten the cylinder with your palms. 

Cut each roll into 9 pieces and arrange on a parchment-covered cookie sheet. Prick a few times with a fork.

– Whisk egg yolk and yogurt together to make the glaze. Brush Nazook liberally with the glaze and bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Enjoy with a hot  cup of chai!