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Armenian Cooking--Please Help!

 
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Ash



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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 2:18 am    Post subject: Armenian Cooking--Please Help! Reply with quote

Hello All!

I am taking an Armenian history class and am set to give a presentation on Tuesday. I thought that the other students would appreciate my bringing some treats for them to much on while I talk. I am new to Armenian cooking, and I am looking for an authentic cookie or pastry recipe. Any suggestions? Is anyone willing to share a treasured recipe with me? Or can someone recommend a reliable website with the information that I am seeking?

Thank you very much!
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Barbara



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Location: Gold Coast Australia

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could try this site.:
http://www.armeniapedia.org/index.php?title=Adventures_in_Armenian_Cooking
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Dairy_Queen



Joined: 29 Jan 2005
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Location: Chicago and other places

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2005 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a couple of sweet recipes:

Title: ARMENIAN NUTMEG CAKE
Categories: Cakes
Yield: 6 servings


2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 2 cups plain flour 2 tsp baking
powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 125g butter 1 cup milk 1 egg,
beaten 1 tsp nutmeg 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Combine sugar,and sifted flour, baking powder, and salt. Rub in butter
until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.Press half the mixture into
a well greased 20cm square pan. Dissolve baking soda in milk, add egg
and nutmeg and pour over remaining sugar and flour mixture. Mix well,
then spoon into pan on top of pressed in mixture.

Sprinkle walnuts over. Bake in preheated oven at 350F for 1 hour.
Allow to stand 15 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to
cool.
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Title: Armenian In-Law Dessert
Categories: Armenian, Dessert, Posted-mm
Yield: 1 servings

6 Eggs, separated
1 t Baking powder
1 t Vanilla extract
1 tb Olive oil
Flour -enough for soft dough
Salt - pinch
1/2 c Vegetable oil
1/2 c Shortening

---------------------------=====SUGAR SYRUP=====---------------------------
2 c Sugar
1 c Water
1/2 c Lemon juice

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Source: Armenian and Selected Favorite Recipes
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Beat egg whites until stiff, then add yolks and beat well.
Add salt, vanilla and baking powder. Add enough flour to make
a soft dough. Let stand 1 hour covered.

Divide dough into 2 balls. Roll out each ball as thin as possible.
Cut into strips 1-inch wide.

Melt 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1/2 cup shortening in deep pan.
When the oil and shortening is melted and hot, roll the 1-inch
strips of dough on a fork and place in the oil and continue curling
the strips as you go along. Cook to a slight brown color and put
on paper towels to absorb the oil and drain.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar or make sugar syrup.
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: SUGAR SYRUP
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Boil all ingredients together in a heavy pan for 30 min. and cool.
Pour over finished dessert of dough curls.

From the recipe files of suzy@gannett.infi.net

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Ash



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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2005 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much!

Barbara, I took a look at the website and found lots of terrific recipes!

Dairy Queen, I would love to make the cake (I am especially fond of sugar syrups), but I think it might be difficult to serve to my large class. I appreciate your giving it to me and will put it on my "to try" list--chances are there will be a get-together this summer when I will need this great recipe!

Thank you--I will let you know what I end up making.
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Ash



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My class was very appreciative of the treats that I brought today! They kept thanking me and said that my recipes are exactly right! In the end, I made 2 desserts: date crescents from the website and cake (yes!), baked in a cupcake pan. Many thanks to you both! My presentation could not have been more successful!
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Rainey



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was ambitious and creative of you to research authentic recipes and bake up something that made the class material come alive for everyone! No wonder they appreciated it. And I'm sure what you've learned is really going to stay with you.

Well done, kiddo!!!
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Dairy_Queen



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, Ash!!! Your story brought such a smile to my face! I echo Rainey's sentiments: Your students doubly appreciated you and in turn, it reflects directly back to you.

You should take a bow; I'm glad that our recipes could help you shine!
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