It’s almost St. Sarkis Day again! This feast day on the Armenian Church calendar, is celebrated 63 days before Easter – somewhere between January 18th and February 23rd. This year, St. Sarkis Day falls on Saturday, February 15th.
This time around, I want to share a recipe I found which is made expressly for this day.
The recipe is called Aghablit – a salty wafer or bread. This recipe comes from Sarkis Kolanjian, owner of Sarkis Pastry, Pasadena, CA.
Here’s the very short story related to this feast day:
Aghablit is eaten on St. Sarkis Day by single girls who ultimately go to bed thirsty. They hope to dream about a special someone who would bring them water to quench their thirst. This dreamy vision would provide a glimpse of their future spouse. If there was no such dream, chances for a marriage looked rather dim.
(There’s much more to this story, so if you are interested, I highly recommend Irina Petrosian’s book, “Armenian Food: Fact, Fiction, and Folklore”.)
I thought I’d give these a try, and I have to say …I’m glad I’m already married, because these salty, chewy morsels were not very pleasing!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (I used about 1 1/3 cups flour as the dough was quite sticky)
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp salt (heaping teaspoon!)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a bowl, mix together water, flour and salt until a dough is formed. Place dough on a flat surface and cover with a cloth. Allow to rest about one hour.
- Flatten dough with your hands or a rolling pin to about 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters or a small glass cut dough into small shapes or circles.
- Bake about 15 to 25 minutes (depending on size of shapes) or until golden brown.