The Georgian Flatbread: Khachapuri

The Georgian Flatbread: Khachapuri

The utterly cheesy Khachapuri is a classic Georgian dish.

It is similar to a pizza but without the tomato sauce base.

The Recipe:

Makes 2, 10 inch flatbreads

 

For the Dough:

1 1/3 cup All Purpose Flour

1tbsp Olive Oil

1.5 tsp Salt

1tsp Yeast (preferably instant dry)

1/2 tsp Sugar

2/3 cup Water (at Room Temperature)

 

For the Cheese Mix:

3 cups Shredded Mozzarella (preferably Pizza Mozzarella)

1 1/4 Cup Feta

2 Eggs

 

Method:

  • First and foremost, preheat the oven to 250 degrees celsius.
  • Ensure to place a baking tray/pizza stone in the oven to pre heat as well.
  • To make the dough, combine all the ingredients together in a stand mixer and knead (using the dough hook attachment) on low speed till it comes together (2 mins approx) and then continue kneading till a smooth wet dough is formed (4 mins approx).
  • Let the dough rest covered with a wet towel for 60 mins, till it doubles in volume.
  • Meanwhile, combine the cheeses together in a bowl.
  • Separate the Egg yolks and White, Ensuring not to break the yolks. (Would suggest keeping the yolks in 2 separate bowls)
  • Once the dough has rested, divide into 2 equal halves. Cover again with a damp towel and let proof for 15 mins.
  • On a well floured surface, roll one of the dough half’s into an oblong shape.
  • Place the rolled out dough on a well floured parchment paper.
  • Place the cheese in the middle of the dough, ensure to leave a 1.5-2 inch margin all around.
  • Roll the margin in towards to the cheese as to create a high border, ensure to pinch the edges together to seal the Khachapuri.
  • Do the same with the second half.
  • Let the Khachapuri rest for 15 mins more, to let the bread base become aerated.
  • Brush the edges with melted butter or oil.
  • Transfer to the hot baking tray/ stone.
  • Bake for 13-15 mins, till the edges are nice golden brown and cheese has melted.
  • Open the oven, and carefully add one egg yolk in each Khachapuri and bake for 2-3 mins more.
  • Serve immediately.

Note: For an Eggless Version, Just skip the eggs and additional 2-3 mins baking!

Pic 1: The Classic Khachapuri

 

Pic 2: An Eggless Version

 

Notes:

  • Can spice up the cheese blend by adding herbs, caramelised onions, pancetta etc. 
  • Another fun thing to try would be switching up the cheese blend with Béchamel, Parmesan, Gouda and Fontina.
  • Try switching the Olive oil in the dough with Chicken Fat or Butter for a different texture (A lot more crumbly).

 

 

 

 

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