Choereg (Armenian Easter Bread)

Ok...so my mother would just kill me if she knew I made our family recipe for Choereg public. But my policy is 'why keep a good thing to myself'. Choereg is a traditional, slightly sweet bread, especially made for Easter. It is delicious for breakfast with a nice cup of coffee. It takes some level of skill, but anyone used to handling yeast should not have a problem. You can find Mahleb at Middle Eastern grocery stores, especially around Easter. It will be with the spices. Please do not omit it, as this is what gives it its distinctive flavour and aroma.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, butter and margarine. Heat until butter and margarine are melted, but do not let it boil. Stir in 1 cup of sugar until dissolved, then set...


Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 5 eggs
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground mahleb
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

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