Armenian Round Gata – The Queen Of The Desserts
What is Armenian Round Gata? At its most basic, it is a lightly sweetened, buttery Armenian cake meant to be served as a dessert with tea or coffee.
An yeasted dough, loaded with butter, sugar, yogurt and egg creates a tender, light bread-cake hybrid. The filling, known as “khoriz” in Armenian, is a mixture of chopped walnuts, flour, butter, sugar, and vanilla that’s similar to a streusel. The Gata is often dressed up with decorative strips on the dough, or by scoring patterns onto the top before baking.
In Armenia, this round cake with a delicate creamy vanilla taste, is not only popular, but even entered into folk rituals. With Gata, Armenians celebrate weddings and the New Year.
The bride must bring a basket full of Ghata’s to the groom’s house. And on December 31, the hostess puts a coin before baking into a Gata dough. If a knife touches it when cutting a flat cake, the next year will be unhappy. But if someone gets a piece with a coin, then he will be lucky.
There are many of its regional varieties, and the inhabitants of every corner of Armenia assure that their Gata is the most delicious!
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