Georgian Cheese Bread

READY IN: 4hrs 30mins
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,

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. 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.).
  2. Stir together salt and remaining flour in a large bowl, then stir in egg and yeast mixture to form a dough.
  3. 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.
  4. Preheat oven to 500°F with rack in middle.
  5. Turn out dough onto floured pizza pan, turning to coat, then flatten with your fingers into a 7-inch disk.
  6. Toss together cheeses and press into a compact 3-inch ball with your hands.
  7. Place ball in middle of dough, then gather dough up around ball of cheese, squeezing excess dough into a topknot.
  8. 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.
  9. Cut a 6-inch X through top of dough to expose cheese.
  10. Bake until pale golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
  11. Brush surface of dough with butter and bake until golden and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes more.
  12. Serve cut into wedges.
  13. 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.

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