Kahke is a uniquely satisfying biscuit that goes really well with Armenian string cheese. Our family also typically ate Kahke with our Easter spread. These Armenian biscuits, sometimes also called Simit, have a buttery, slightly crumbly texture. The dough contains mahlab and nigella black seeds and then is topped with sesame seeds before baking, giving it a unique, but delicate, middle eastern flavor.

kahke or simit

What ingredients do I need to make Kahke?

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup farina
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons mahlab
  • 2 teaspoons Nigella (black seeds)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet of dry active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

kahke rolled into twists

How do I make Kahke?

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar to this mixture to help feed the yeast and speed the activation process along.

Combine flour, farina, melted butter, milk and salt. When the yeast mixture is foamy, add it to these ingredients and knead them together.

Add the mahlab and Nigella black seeds to the dough and knead some more. When the dough is thoroughly kneaded, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size.

Armenian kahke dough with Nigella black seeds

Take a small handful of dough and roll it into a rope 8" long and 1/2" in diameter. To prevent the dough from sticking, roll the dough on a lightly floured surface or a Ultimate Silicone Baking Mat.

Shape the kahke into rings

Bring the ends of the dough around to form a circle and press the ends together to seal. Alternatively, bring the two ends together and twist both ends of the dough a few times together.

Scatter some sesame seeds on a plate and roll the top side of your rope into the seeds (or sprinkle the seeds on top and very gently tap into the dough before baking).

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until just slightly turning golden brown.

bake the kahke in the oven

Serve Kahke with Armenian string cheese (preferably also the kind with Nigella black seeds). These can be served at room temperature with other appetizers.  Or they make a great breakfast or afternoon snack.

Cool the armenian kahke.


Serme kahke with Armenian string cheese

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