Georgian Khachapuri

Georgian Khachapuri Cheese Bread

The preparation of this delicious Georgian cheese bread khachapuri is only recommended to avid bakers.

But there is a shortcut option. You can buy fresh premade pizza dough and skip the dough ingredients and preparation.

Ingredients

Starter Dough

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 packet active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Dough

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium egg, whisked
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

Filling

  • 10 oz hard mozzarella [*1] or provolone cheese, shredded
  • 5 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

Prepare the Dough [*2]

  • In a large BOWL, add the ingredients for the starter dough and mix well. Let it stand for 10 minutes.
  • To the BOWL, add 1/2 tsp salt and all liquid ingredients. Mix well.
  • Add 2.25 cups of flour one cup at a time and mix well.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 3-5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased BOWL. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or kitchen towel. Let it sit in a warm place for about 45-60 minutes until it doubled in size.

Prepare the Filling

  • In a BOWL, mix the cheese. Then add the water and mix well.

Finish the Khachapuri

  • Half the dough and quarter the filling.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out one part of the dough into a round shape.
  • Place one quarter of the filling onto the flat dough.
  • Form the khachapuri shape by rolling in two opposite sides of the circle until only 1/3 of the circle remains uncovered in the middle.
  • Next pinch the open ends together to get the authentic khachapuri form.
  • For a video demonstration of the forming, please click here:
    Forming the khachapuri
  • Fill the uncovered center with another quarter of the filling.

Bake the Khachapuri

  • Preheat OVEN to 450°F.
  • Place khachapuri on a greased baking sheet. Bake for about 10-15 minutes until the crust turns slightly brown. Take it out.
  • With a spoon, make a small hole in the center, just big enough to fit one egg yolk. Add the egg yolk.
  • Return the khachapuri to the OVEN for another 2 minutes. Take it out.
  • Grease the crust with some butter. Place 1/2 tbsp of butter on each vertical side of the egg into the cheese.

Serve

  • When serving, mix the butter and egg into the still warm cheese.

Eating Khachapuri

Notes

  1. You can make the dough in a food processor.
  2. Mozzarella cheese: not the original fresh mozzarella but the hard mozzarella cheese