Sweet Bread (Gata)
This filled cake, gata, has many variations. This recipe, from Emma's family, is with a filling of (vanilla) sugar and flour. Emma says that they know the tradition in Armenia that the gata during weddings is given to the bachelor girls present at the groom's home. In this way they may also experience the sweetness of marriage, the marriage itself. The recipe is enough for two cakes.
Step 1. Knead the dough
Put the softened butter with the flour in a bowl and knead together.
Then add the yogurt, crème fraiche, baking soda, an egg and a sachet of vanilla sugar and knead into a nice smooth dough.
Then let it rest for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, go to step 1.
Step 2. Make the filling
Mix the oil, sugar, flour and vanilla sugar together.
Then fry this for two minutes in a frying pan over low heat, until it is golden brown.
Divide the filling into two portions, because we are going to make two cakes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Step 3. Make the cake
Divide the dough into two balls and flatten the dough with your fingers. Make sure the sides are slightly thicker than the center.
Put half of the filling on the flattened dough and spread it evenly.
Bring the edges of the dough together in the center and press it closed.
Turn the sphere over and flatten it. The cake should be about 1 - 1.5 cm thick.
You can decorate the cake with a knife and fork. Be careful not to insert your knife or fork too deep.
Beat the egg and spread the dough on top.
Then repeat the steps for the second cake.
Bake the cakes in the oven at 200 degrees for 25 minutes until they are golden brown.
Բարի ախորժակ ('Enjoy your meal')
Curious about the story behind this delicious recipe? Emma gives you a glimpse into the Armenian kitchen!
250 grams of butter at room temperature
300 grams of flour
125 ml yogurt
75 ml fresh cream
1 tl baksoda
1 packet of vanilla-flavored sugar
6 tbsp sunflower oil
100 gr sugar
35 grams of flour
2 sachets of vanilla sugar
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