Nazook is a flaky, crisp, buttery, sweet, but not too sweet, Armenian pastry. It looks like the filling is soft and oozing out of the pastry, but the filling is crumbly. A delicious contrast to the light, flaky layers of pastry.
Earlier this year I posted a Citrus Cranberry Nazook recipe. I took the Nazook to a party of food bloggers and everyone loved it. So when I asked if I could bring something to a luncheon my dear friend was having after her son’s mission farewell, and she said yes because she knew I would “bring something special”, this Nazook came to mind.
I also thought it would be a great addition to my 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats posts. I changed it up with cinnamon and raisins so it’s perfect for the holiday season. It tastes a little bit similar to Rugelach. The dough is easy to roll out, and other than a long wait in the fridge, comes together easily.
Citrus Cranberry Nazook, an Armenian Pastry
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter (room temperature)
- 2 tablespoon grated lemon rind
- 2 tablespoon grated orange rind
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 3/4 cup softened butter (room temperature)
- 1 cup dried cranberries, optional
- 1-2 egg yolks (for the wash; alternatively, some yogurt, egg whites, or a whole egg)
Place the 2 1/2 cups of flour into a large mixing bowl.
Mix in the dry yeast and salt.
Add the sour cream, and the softened butter.
Use a standing mixer with a paddle attachment to work it into a dough.
Switch to a dough hook and knead for about 5 minutes, or until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl or your hands. Add additional flour, a little at a time as needed.
Cover the dough and refrigerate for 3-5 hours, or overnight.
Combine sugar and citrus rinds in a small bowl, mix well. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.
Mix flour, 1 1/2 cups citrus sugar and softened butter in a medium bowl.
Mix the filling until it looks like clumpy, damp sand. It should not take long. Set aside.
Make the Nazook
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Cut the refrigerated dough into quarters.
Form one of the quarters into a ball. Dust your working surface with a little flour.
Roll out the dough into a large rectangle or oval. The dough should be thin, but not
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 1 inch of pastry dough uncovered along the long edges. Sprinkle cranberries evenly over the top, if using.
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.
Pat down the loaf with your palm and fingers so that it flattens out a bit (just a bit).
Apply your egg yolk wash with a pastry brush. Sprinkle on a tablespoon of citrus sugar.
Use your crinkle cutter (or knife) to cut the loaf into 8 equally-sized pieces. Put onto an ungreased cookie sheet (I used parchment paper).
Place in a preheated moderate oven for about 30 minutes, until the tops are a rich, golden brown.
Allow to cool and enjoy!
Today’s post is part of 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats hosted by Brenda, Meal Planning Magic. Be sure and check out all of the fabulous treats the other 12 weeks of Christmas Treats bakers baked up for this week.