Recipe Corner: Chorag


The following recipe was in the Armenian and Selected Favorite Recipes Cookbook published by Fresno’s Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church Trinity Guild Ladies in 1970.




5 eggs

1 small can evaporated milk

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1 small can water

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 yeast cakes (2-¼ oz. packets of active dry yeast) dissolved in 1/2 cup of warm water

8 cups sifted flour

8 grains whole mahleb seeds, crushed, optional

Melt together 2 sticks or 1 cup butter and 1 cup shortening

1 beaten egg

sesame seeds



In a large bowl, mix together the butter and shortening, milk, water, sugar, salt, yeast, and eggs. Add the crushed mahleb. Gradually add sifted flour and mix to form a soft dough.

Cover and let rise for two hours or until double in size. Roll out and cut to desired shapes. Let rise again on cookie sheets for about one hour.

Brush on a beaten egg, and sprinkle on sesame seeds.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 2-3 dozen.

The cost is $20.00 each to purchase the Trinity Guild’s Armenian and Selected Favorite Recipes Cookbook. Include $5.00 for shipping. If paying by check, please make payable to Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church:

Nazik Arisian

Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church
2226 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA 93721

(559) 486-1141 (office)



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