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Sunday, April 29, 2012


So I joined the Daring Kitchen this last month and I was excited to do this months challenge.  It is a traditional Armenian pastry call Nazook.  What an amazing little wonder these lovely pastries are!  After they were in the oven my home was filled with the sweet smell of vanilla!  So wonderful.
These pastries are not overwhelmingly sweet and have a light flaky texture,  I am excited to try them again with different fillings!  
For my first challenge I think I did pretty well.  I am in love with these little pastries and the women at my ladies night out liked them as well.

From Jason @ DailyCandor.com

Yields 40 pieces
Pastry dough
3 cups (720 ml) (420 gm/15 oz) all-purpose (plain) flour, sifted
2½ teaspoons (12½ ml) (7 gm) (¼ oz) (1 packet) active dry yeast
1 cup (240 ml) (225 gm/8 oz) sour cream
1 cup (2 sticks) (240 ml) (225 gm/8 oz) softened butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups (360 ml) (210 gm) (7½ oz) all-purpose (plain) flour, sifted
1 1/2 cups (360 ml) (340 gm/12 oz) sugar
3/4 cup (1½ sticks) (180 ml) (170 gm/6 oz) softened butter (room temperature)
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
1-2 egg yolks (for the wash; alternatively, some yogurt, egg whites, or a whole egg)

Make the Pastry Dough
1. Place the sifted flour into a large bowl.
2. Add the dry yeast, and mix it in.
3. Add the sour cream, and the softened butter.
4. Use your hands, or a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, to work it into a dough.
5. If using a standing mixer, switch to a dough hook. If making manually, continue to knead for
about 10 minutes, or until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl or your hands. If it remains very sticky, add some flour, a little at a time.
6. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 3-5 hours, or overnight if you like.
Make the filling
7. Mix the flour, sugar, and the softened butter in a medium bowl.
8. Add the vanilla extract.
9. Mix the filling until it looks like clumpy, damp sand. It should not take long. Set aside.
Make the Nazook
10. Preheat the oven to moderate 350°F/175°C/gas mark 4.
11. Cut the refrigerated dough into quarters.
12. Form one of the quarters into a ball. Dust your working surface with a little flour.
13. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle or oval. The dough should be thin, but not transparent.
14. Spread 1/4 of the filling mixture across the rolled-out dough in an even layer. Try to spread the filling as close as possible to the edges on the short sides, but keep some of pastry dough uncovered (1 inch/2.5 cm) along the long edges.
15. From one of the long sides, start slowly rolling the dough across. Be careful to make sure the filling stays evenly distributed. Roll all the way across until you have a long, thin loaf.
16. Pat down the loaf with your palm and fingers so that it flattens out a bit (just a bit).
17. Apply your egg yolk wash with a pastry brush.
18. Use your crinkle cutter (or knife) to cut the loaf into 10 equally-sized pieces. Put onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
19. Place in a preheated moderate oven for about 30 minutes, until the tops are a rich, golden brown.
20. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Now it's time to get your Yum on!  
I suggest a good cup of Jo to go with your lovely Nazook.


  1. I have never seen pastries like these! They are so eye catching and I really do like that vanilla filling. There is so much chocolate out there it is nice to come along and find something tasty with vanilla. Thanks for sharing this Armenian cuisine, great job on the execution of these!

    1. Thank you Tina for your nice comment! I am going to take a look at your blog right now! :)

  2. Beautiful. You can bet I'll try these things sooner or later! Love the blog.

    1. Thanks Julie. Wow that was the fastest response ever! Look forward to more posts from you on your blog as well! :)

  3. These look so good! How long did they take to make from start to finish? Does it make a big batch and can you freeze them? I'd love to try them out.

    1. It makes about 40 depending how big you cut them. I did not freeze them I took them all to a pot luck! They are really so yummy and make your house smell wonderful! Give them a shot. So much fun! Thanks for visiting my blog!