Recipe by Kitchen Witch Steph
This came from Gourmet magazine, May 2008. Their blurb: "In the remote mountains of Georgia, the star ingredient of this bread called khachapuri—akin to pizza—is the firm but creamy salted cow's-milk cheese called sulguni. A blend of Havarti and mozzarella will give you a similar velvety texture." Posting for ZWT4, Eastern Europe. Start to finish, this takes 4 hours, 30 minutes active cooking time.
Top Review by marika
This is a favorite dish of all my friends.There is never a dinner party at my house without it. I am Georgian and have tasted and made Khachapuris of every kind. This reciepe is a pretty good one! Thank you for posting it,
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons active dry yeast (a 1/4-oz package)
- 7 tablespoons warm water (105-115 F)
- 1 2⁄3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1⁄4 lb havarti cheese, coarsely grated
- 1⁄4 lb salted mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted
Directions See How It's Made
- Sprinkle yeast over warm water and stir in 1 tablespoon flour. Let stand until creamy, about 5 minutes. (If yeast does not activate, start over with new yeast.).
- Stir together salt and remaining flour in a large bowl, then stir in egg and yeast mixture to form a dough.
- Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface and turn to coat with flour, then knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Form into a ball and dust with flour. Let dough rest in a bowl, covered with plastic wrap, punching down with a wet fist every hour, at least 2 hours and up to 3.
- Preheat oven to 500°F with rack in middle.
- Turn out dough onto floured pizza pan, turning to coat, then flatten with your fingers into a 7-inch disk.
- Toss together cheeses and press into a compact 3-inch ball with your hands.
- Place ball in middle of dough, then gather dough up around ball of cheese, squeezing excess dough into a topknot.
- Press down on topknot with a damp fist to press cheese out from center. Continue to flatten dough and distribute cheese evenly, pressing outward from center, until dough is an 11-inch disk.
- Cut a 6-inch X through top of dough to expose cheese.
- Bake until pale golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Brush surface of dough with butter and bake until golden and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes more.
- Serve cut into wedges.
- Their cook's note: Dough can be made 1 day ahead and chilled in bowl (for a slow rise), covered with plastic wrap. Punch down and bring to room temperature before proceeding with recipe.