|Dare Hats from Sonia Tashjian|
From Sonia:Darehats is an Armenian traditional bread prepared for the New Year. When the family gathers around the holiday table, the grandmother cuts the bread and serves it to the members of the family. The family member who receives the portion of bread with the coin, is granted good luck and fertility during the coming year.
The tradition of Darehats (other names are Dari, Grgene, Kloj, etc...) began centuries ago. In the springtime, the first man prepared the bread using the last of the dried fruits and decorated the bread with seeds. The bread was dedicated to his gods in the hope of a fertile crop for the coming year.Dare Hats
Ingredients:5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon (if desired)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup hot water
1 cup chopped dried fruits and raisins
1 cup chopped nuts
½ cup linseed or sesame seeds
• Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, and cinnamon (if using). Add the oil and hot water; mix well.• Add the raisin, chopped nuts & dried fruits. Mix, then place in a non-stick round pan.
• Wrap the coin with foil, then insert it into the dough. Rub water on the surface of the dough and sprinkle seeds on top.• Preheat the oven at medium temperature (approx. 350° F) and bake 40-45 minutes.