Sweet Bread Recipe

Armenian Gata Գաթա Sweet Bread Recipe

Armenian Gata Գաթա Sweet Bread Recipe

Sweet bread recipe from my traditional Armenian cuisine. Making any Armenian dish or pastry will be in my best “comfort zone”, especially if that “something” everyone in my family loves. And to be honest with my picky eaters it’s quite hard to make anything that everyone would love equally. Nazook is one of my personal favorites, it was a priority to create a recipe of my own, trying to resemble the taste of my beloved Grandma’s Nazook, can’t say I reached that, considering the difference in the ingredients I’ve used, besides, anything made with her “precious hands” tasted unrepeatable. I’m still happy with my recipe result, therefore it’s ready to share.Nazook is a soft sweet bread filled with: clarified butter,sugar and flour mixture. I’ve been tasting this sweet bread recipe for a while trying to make something not too complicated, yet very delicious, plus I really wanted to make that pastry to have a more festive look,design, if I can say so. I still have one two more recipes for Nazook, so for now enjoy this one and await for more.Hope many will try this sweet bread recipe and enjoy the results, as much as we did.

Happy baking! 


Armenian Gata Գաթա Sweet Bread Recipe

For the dough

1 cup of milk ( I use full fat)

1/2 cup heavy cream ( again full fat will be my choice)

2 large eggs, separated (1 full egg and an egg white, save the yolk for egg wash )

3 tbs honey ( or sugar)

4 tbs of melted butter

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast

3 1/2- 4 cups of all purpose flour ,avoid adding too much flour!

Armenian Gata Գաթա Sweet Bread Recipe

For the filling

1 1/3 cups of sugar

1 1/3 cups of all purpose flour

1 1/2 – 2 tbs of clarified butter, at room temperature

Pinch of vanilla powder or 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Armenian Gata Գաթա Sweet Bread Recipe



Armenian Gata Գաթա Sweet Bread Recipe

In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for the dough

Mix, then knead into soft, non sticky dough

Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with a plastic and let it double in size (1-2 hours)

Meanwhile prepare the filling by combining all the ingredients together

Armenian Gata Գաթա Sweet Bread Recipe

Check for the right consistency by pressing the filling in your palms, it should hold together and not crumble easily, add more butter to reach the right consistency

Preheat the oven to 375° F/180°C degree and line a baking sheet with parchment paper

Divide the ready dough into 3-4 balls (see the video for tips on how to decorate the pastry)

Tap each ball with your hands into 6″-7″ circle ,spoon in the filling 3-4 tbs for each portion

Gather the sides towards the center and press together to stick and form a sack shape

Then gently tap and flatten into 8″-9″ circle,use minimum flour to work with the dough

Brush with egg yolk + 1 tbs water (or milk) mixture

Using a fork, poke and make a few diagonal stripes

Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden color

Let the pastry cool on a cooling rack about 15-20 minutes and slice to enjoy

Armenian Gata Գաթա Sweet Bread Recipe


Any remainings can be frozen up to 4 weeks to be served later, just make sure to do that the same day

Armenian Gata Գաթա Sweet Bread Recipe


  1. I love Armenian food a lot. We grew up on it. Thank you for the recipe. I’m going to try it.
    It looks yummy.

  2. Hi Heghineh jan. I love all your recipes. Thank you for sharing it with us. My question is I only have active dry yeast. Can I use that instead of the instant dry yeast? If yes, how can I use it?

    • Hi Anet jan,
      Yes of course you can use active dry yeast, just make sure to activate it in warm water before adding , and use same amount of yeast as you see in the recipe.
      Thank you too for watching !

  3. Your recipe was amazing! I made the gata today with your filling and one with custard. Need to work on how to do my custard better. If anytime you make gata with custard please post it. Thank you!

    • Thank you Anet jan,
      To be honest I never made or heard of Gata with custard, do you mean regular custard filling that goes into ponchiks, eclair or something else?

  4. Yes Heghineh jan. The custard is the same as what’s in ponchik. I have a bakery by my house that puts the custard in a gata. I am not sure what area you live in. But if you can go get the custard gata at Tarzana bakery in Tarzan. If you try it hopefully you can make your own version. I would of loved to bring it for you to try. But I broke my ankle so I can’t drive. ?

    • Hi Anet jan,
      So sorry to hear about your ankle and hope you it heals fast .
      I’ll ask my husband to drive to Tarzana for that Gata and will come up with recipe for sure.
      Wishing the best health ❤️

  5. HI heghineh jan,
    Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes… I made the Gata twice within one week first one I made instead of whipping cream I used sour cream second time I used whipping cream It comes up the same only problem I have it is not soft and fluffy just like other bakeries gata what is the problem here? Can you help me with that? Thank you dear.

    • Hi Violet jan,
      The only thing that could make it dry is adding too much flour, other than that I can’t find anything else that can make it dry, also be sure the dough rises properly before shaping and baking,
      And keep in mind that store bought pastry have preservatives to keep it fresh and soft ,
      But this Gata always turns out really soft and fluffy, I make it quite often.
      Let me know if any questions,
      Thank you for trying my recipes:)
      Have a great weekend!

  6. Hi Heghineh Jan,
    I love your recipes,I was on YouTube looking for some recipes then I saw your videos I followed
    I love it & so happy,my question is how many Gaya we can make with recipes,
    Thank you for sharing you recipes.

  7. Hi Heghineh Jan,
    I made the gate & nazook,very delicious & thank you for sharing you recepies ???

  8. Hi Heghineh jan I love all your recipes. do you have any recipe to make clarified butter?

  9. Hi Heghine I am an 11 year old who loves all your recipes. I made Gata and my parents and relatives loved. Thank u so much??
    I am Armenian too.
    By the way your children are beautiful and handsome??

    • Barev Sara jan:)
      Thank you for trying my recipes, I’m glad you bake and cook at this early age, your parents must be really proud to have a great personal chef ???
      Keep up the good work my dear ❤️

  10. Hi Heghine I made the Gata recipe for my relatives and they loved it?Your children are beautiful

  11. I tried the recipe and it works fine. Following your instructions I was able to make a delicious and beautiful gata. Thanks really!!!

  12. Hi, Heghineh! Love how you cook, i am Armenian from Georgia, Tbilisi! I want to ask what if i will add ground walnuts in side of filling?

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