Armenian desserts are one of the most tasty and sweet ones among different cuisines world-wide. If you have visited Armenia once and had an opportunity to be a guest in an Armenian family, you have probably tasted different Armenian desserts, because Armenians usually serve them after dinner, with coffee. If not, then surely go for it, and you won’t regret this experience of yours!
Armenian desserts are an ingredient and essential part of Armenian cuisine and their recipes are as popular as other so called “most Armenian dishes’’.
In order to know Armenia and better understand their history, their way of living and their culture, tasting Armenian desserts can also be a good source of information for you!
You will know more about delicious Armenian desserts and also their recipes, if you keep on reading this very article. After that, you won’t be able to remain indifferent and will surely want try cooking them by yourself!
Armenian Desserts #1: Gata
Gata is probably one of the most well-known Armenian desserts. Every Armenian, when talking about national desserts, remembers about it at first. There are many variations of gata, and all of them are baked by Armenian housewives who, as well as each of the Armenian regions, have their own specific recipe of baking gata!
To know Armenian desserts better, you should firstly taste Armenian gata, at least once. So, please, find one of the most popular Gata recipes below, so that you will be able to cook it yourself, too!
One popular variety of this Armenian dessert is gata with khoriz (this is a filling mainly consisting of butter, sugar and flour, although there can be walnuts included as well). It is a filling that consists of flour, butter and sugar.
To bake gata, you need to have the following ingredients:
To start cooking, please, follow the procedure below!
Armenian Desserts #2: Alani
Although dried fruits don’t have Armenian origins, there are some types of them, which are made only in Armenia. Alani is one of them, which is a pitted dried peach stuffed with ground walnuts and sugar.
Armenians also make dried fruits from plums, sweet cherries. Dried fruits are fleshy and have original sparkle, so once you taste them, that experience will become one of many unforgettable ones related to Armenia.
You can dry cherries, sweet cherries and cornels the same way. The indescribable results will surprise you!
Armenian Desserts #3: Sujuk (sweet)
Sujuk is a sausage-shaped confection, made from walnuts, sewn onto a string, and dipped in thickened grape must and dried. This is one of the most popular Armenian desserts and you can hardly find a person, who doesn’t love sujuk.
For making it, you need to know its recipe!
Armenian Desserts #4: Walnut jam
Walnut jam has a very unique taste. This Armenian dessert has its special recipe. Armenians add cinnamon, cardamon and cloves to the sugar syrop. In the end you will taste a delicious Armenian sweet with unique taste and aroma!
Below you will read how to make incredible walnut jam, recipe of which has absolutely Armenian origins.
Now, your walnut jam is ready and you can finally enjoy its taste!
Armenian Desserts #5: Ghapama
In Armenian, the word “Ghapama” literally means cooked in a covered pot. This Armenian dessert is a stuffed, baked pumpkin, and it’s traditionally served between the New Year and Armenian Christmas, which Armenians celebrate on the 6th of January.
Ghapama is such a beloved dessert for Armenians, that there is even a traditional song about this wonderful Armenian dish, re-popularized by Harout Pamboukjian – a well-known singer. The name of the song is “Hey Jan Ghapama, Hamov Hodov Ghapama”, meaning “Dear Ghapama, tasty, aromatic ghapama”.
Armenians love every dessert and every national Armenian dish in general, because they put soul in making them every time, and you can feel it when tasting.
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