Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Bread for Zombies, warning you need to own a fancy mixer

This is special, this is not really a zombie recipe, but it's Easter aka choreg (Armenian Easter bread), and sometimes even zombies have to wake up, and actually make something.

To start you're going to need yeast, that may sound simple, but in reality, it can be a challenge, cause you need an expiration date far far in the future and stores either hide or don't carry it, so when you're in the baking aisle look behind boxes and search for the good stuff,
Choreg Sweet Armenian Easter Bread

2 pkg yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup warm water
1 cup butter, room temp
1 1/2 cup sugar
6 eggs, room temp
1 cup warm milk
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp malheb (found in middle eastern stores, spice stores or online)
2 tsp mastic (found in middle eastern stores, spice stores or online)
salt to taste
1 tsp baking soda
6 1/2 cups flour
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp cream
Sesame seeds
Nigella Seeds (look like black sesame, found in middle eastern grocery stores, spice stores and online)

Place warm water in a bowl, sprinkle with yeast, add spoon of sugar and stir, wait ten minutes for it to rise
Meanwhile mix butter and sugar in mixer until well creamed, add eggs, add milk, olive oil, malheb, mastic, salt and yeast mixture.
Shift flour in another mixing bowl,

add liquids and start churning with churning attachment, churn until the dough no longer is too sticky, and easily comes off your hands, this can take depending on the weather anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.
Once done, place in a large greased bowl, and flip the dough once so the top is covered with oil.

Place cloth on top and allow to rise in warm part of the house (living room with heater on) for 6 to 8 hours. It will be really much bigger.
Punch down dough, separate into four parts, and further separate into 3. Make the three into 1 inch diameter logs and braid directly on the baking sheets. Tuck in the ends Do the same for the remaining .
Mix yolk and cream
Top with yolk mixture and seeds
Let the bread rise again another 40 minutes, and then place into 350 oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
Oh look pretty bread, late at night


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