Armenian Sweet Bread

Nan-e gisu


Preparation info

  • Makes


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      45 min

Appears in

Food of Life

By Najmieh Batmanglij

Published 2011

  • About

This bread, associated with Easter and made by our neighborhood Armenian bakery during my childhood, was a special breakfast treat for us, when we’d eat it with homemade fig jam.


  • 1 package or 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • ¼ cup/60


  1. In a mixer bowl, dissolve the yeast in ¼ cup/60ml warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs, sugar, honey, mahlab, milk, and butter, and mix for 1 minute.
  3. Gradually add 4½ cups/500g of the flour mixture, 1 cup/100g at a time, and mix until you have a sticky dough (about 10 minutes).
  4. Turn the sticky dough in a well-oiled bowl to ensu