Kumba is a traditional cake prepared by Musa Daghians or Anjarians for the St. Sarkis Day (Armenian equivalent of St. Valentine's Day). Kumba was made the night before the holiday. A piece of coin was hidden in the cake. The next day, the Kumba was cut into portions, one piece for each member of the family. The person getting the piece with the coin was the luckiest of the year. In our household, we never made Kumba before. Our late grandma used to make it. So did my aunts. This recipe is Parantzem's version of Ani Kergin's recipe.
- 1 1/2 cups flour, all purpose
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup semolina
- 1/2 cup corn flour
- 1/2 cup wheat flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp mahlab
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1 cup walnuts, roasted (half ground, half coarsely chopped)
- 1/2 cup almonds, roasted (chopped)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dried apricots (diced)
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted
- 1 cup oil
- 1 cup orange juice
In a bowl
- Mix all the dry ingredients well.
- Incorporate in the oil and the orange juice.
In a baking pan (diameter 25 cm)
- Grease the pan with tahini.
- Spread the mixture evenly.
- Decorate with nuts of your choice.
In the oven
- Turn on the oven and bake the Kumba for an hour and a half on very low heat.