Easy Holiday Desserts – Armenian Gata
One can never have enough easy holiday desserts recipes.
I thought since it’s a special time of the year, I’ll go ahead and make a new recipe for my favorite Armenian pastry, Gata. Since everyone is busy with the holiday rush, I thought a quick and easy holiday dessert recipe would save you some time. Therefore, this holiday Gata is a quick and easy sweet treat everyone will enjoy. This recipe usually makes one 10” or two 5” inch Gatas. Hope you enjoy this recipe and happy baking!
For the dough
1 stick (113 grams) of unsalted butter at room temp.
⅔ cup sour cream at room temp.
2 eggs (one whole egg and the whites from the other egg. Save the yolk for egg wash)
The zest of one orange (about 1 tbs)
¼ cup sugar
2 ½ cups of flour (add more to help you work with the dough)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
For the filling
70 grams of unsalted butter at room temp.
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ ground nutmeg
⅔ cup finely chopped and toasted walnuts (optional), toast at 350°, for 5-7 minutes
½ cup raisins (optional)
Making the dough
In a bowl combine: flour, salt & baking powder , mix and set aside
In a mixing bowl, on high speed beat butter sugar until fluffy and pale
Lower the speed and add the sour cream, orange zest, egg and the white
Mix for 1-2 minutes and start adding the dry ingredients in 2-3 additions
Stop and scrape I between additions
Do not over mix the dough
Sprinkle the working surface with flour
Place the dough onto the surface, slightly knead and place in the fridge for as long as you need to prepare the filling (10-50 minutes)
Making the filling
With an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
Add vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour ( filling consistency should be crumbly but stick together when pressed in palm, add extra flour if needed)
Add walnuts and raisin and mix with a spatula
At this point you can start preheating the oven to 375°F degrees
Prepare a lined 10” tart pan or regular baking pan
Place the dough on a floured surface
Tap with hands to spread it into about 9” diameter
Place the filling in the center of the dough
Gather the sides towards the center as if you make a sac
Seal the edges and gently tap into about 10” diameter round
Place in your baking pan
Using a fork, make a few stripes to give the pastry significant Gata design ( refer to YouTube video)
Egg wash with leftover egg yolk ( I add 1 tsp of milk or cream to the yolk)
Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden color
Allow to cool down at least 10-15 minutes before slicing
Enjoy This Easy Holiday desserts idea !