5 Easy Recipes For Armenian Christmas

These 5 easy recipes for Armenian Christmas consist of traditional ingredients as well as a few newer touches. Armenian Christmas recipes mostly consist of sweets. From cookies to pudding, these recipes offer traditional tastes of the old country.

Anoushabour (Armenian Christmas Pudding)

What you will need:

  • ½ cup wheat berries
  • 1 ½ cups dried fruit such as raisins and chopped apricots
  • 1 ½ quarts of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of rosewater
  • slivered almonds/pistachio nuts
  1. Using a deep saucepan, bring wheat berries and water to a boil.
  2. Cover saucepan and set it to the side overnight.
  3. The following day, set the saucepan back on the stove and slowly cook it over a low heat for one and a half to two hours. In case of all of the liquids getting absorbed before the time is up, add more to the saucepan.
  4. Keep cooking until the wheat berries are soft.
  5. Add the sugar then the fruit and stir evenly. Cook for another 30 minutes. Be sure to stir well insuring that the mixture won't burn.
  6. At about 29 minutes into the 30 minutes of cooking the pudding, add the rosewater.
  7. Pour the pudding into a deep bowl, cover it and let it cool to room temperature. You can decorate the top of the pudding with the slivered almonds/pistachio nut.

Apricot Crescent Cookies.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • ½ lb. butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • One jar apricot preserves
  1. Cut butter into flour using your fingertips.
  2. Add the egg yolk and sour cream.
  3. Mix it well until dough is sticky.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball and sprinkle it with flour.
  5. Wrap the dough ball in waxed paper and chill for a few hours.
  6. Divide dough into three parts.
  7. Roll each section out to a large circle like a pie shell.
  8. Cut as you would a pie wedge into a dozen sections.
  9. Mix the nuts into apricot preserves.
  10. Place a teaspoon into large section of the dough wedge and start rolling toward small point to make crescent-shape as you place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
  11. Bake in 350° oven for fifteen to twenty minutes until golden brown.

Ghapama.

What You Will Need:

  • 1.5 kg pumpkin
  • 70g rice (2.5oz)
  • 70g butter (2.5oz)
  • 70g dried plums, apricots, peaches (no seeds) (2.5oz)
  • 25g honey (or sugar) (1oz)
  • 30g raisins (1oz)
  • 200g apples (diced/cubed) (7oz)
  • 1g cinnamon powder
  • salt to taste.
  1. Wash pumpkin, cut off top, remove guts and wash again.
  2. In bowl, mix half-cooked rice, washed raisins, dried prunes/apricots/peaches, small cubed apples, and cinnamon.
  3. Mix and stuff pumpkin, pour on honey.
  4. Put top of pumpkin back on and bake at 150c until soft.

Kurabia.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 cups of sweet butter (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs. vodka
  • 1 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla
  • 5 cups of flour.
  1. Preheat oven to 275.
  2. Beat the butter, egg, and vodka with a mixer until it is white and fluffy.
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat well.
  4. Add the four cups of flour, one cup at the time.
  5. Add more flour a quarter cup at a time until the dough is no longer sticky.
  6. Roll out a quarter at a time to a long rope, roughly half an inch thick.
  7. Slice diagonally about two inches long and place them on a greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for roughly twenty minutes or until slightly firm. Don't let it brown.

Ghurabia.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 lb. sweet butter
  • 1 cup xxxx sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 4 1/2 cups flour-sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder.
  1. Beat butter for twenty minutes in an electric mixer.
  2. Add the sugar and walnuts, beat for another fifteen minutes.
  3. Add the flour and beat until thick.
  4. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes.
  5. Form the dough into one inch balls.
  6. Place balls on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for fifteen to twenty minutes.
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