Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church Bread Sticks (Simit)

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Yield: About 45 pieces.

Ingredients:

4 cups flour

1 cube butter at room temperature (Note: 1 cube is equivalent to 1 stick or 1/2 cup)

3/4 cup shortening

1/4 teaspoon salt

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1 dry yeast cake, dissolved in warm water (Note: 1 dry yeast cake is equivalent to one (1/4-ounce) packet of dry yeast – or – 2-1/4 teaspoons of active dry or instant active dry yeast.)

2 tablespoons madzoon (plain yogurt) or sour cream

1 tablespoon whiskey or brandy, optional

1-2 large eggs, beaten

Sesame seeds as garnish

Preparation:

Pre-heat oven to 350° F.

In a large bowl, blend the flour, butter, shortening, and salt together until well combined.

Add the yeast, sour cream or madzoon (plain yogurt), and brandy (if using). Mix and knead well. Let dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

Take a small amount of dough for each simit, roll pencil thin (about 6 inches long), and twist into a braid. Place on a greased cookie sheet and brush tops with beaten egg.

Lightly sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown, do not burn. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks.

*The is one of the treasured recipes published in the Armenian and Selected Favorite Recipes Cookbook by the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church Trinity Guild (now Ladies’ Guild) in 1970. The church is located in downtown Fresno, and is registered as a U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The cost is $20.00 each to purchase the cookbook. Include $5.00 for shipping. Please make check payable to: Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church. nazik@holytrinityfresno.org

 

 

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