Eating Khachapuri

Georgian Khachapuri Cheese Bread

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

pie crust

Almond Pie Crust (gluten free)

pie crust

Almond Pie Crust (gluten free)

Try this easy to bake gluten free almond pie crust recipe for savory or sweet pies. You don't need a rolling pin or mixer. It tastes so much better than prepackaged pies.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp sugar (only for sweet recipes, see notes)
  • 4 cups fresh fruits (only for fruit pies, see notes)

Instructions

Prepare

  1. Preheat the OVEN to 350°F.
  2. Make sure the coconut oil or butter is firm and cut into thin slices.
  3. Grease the 9-inch PIE DISH.

Dough

  1. In a large BOWL, add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  2. Add the egg and the coconut oil or butter. Mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Knead quickly until the dough is a smooth ball.

Prepare the Pie

  1. In the center of the PIE DISH, press the dough ball into a flat patty. Then press the dough evenly from the center all the way up the sides.
  2. Cover the top of the sides with a small strip of ALUMINUM FOIL to prevent it from burning.

    pie crust protection
  3. With a FORK, prick the dough several times.

Bake

  1. Bake the pie for 8-12 minutes.
  2. Let it cool.


Recipes for the Filling

French Quiche Lorraine

Notes

SWEET PIE CRUST

For a sweet pie, add the sugar to the BOWL together with the dry ingredients in the first step for the dough.

FRUIT PIE

In a small BOWL, add 3/4 cup of water. Stir in 3 tbsp cornstarch. Set aside.

In a small POT, mash 2 cups of fresh fruits. Add 1 cup of sugar.

Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Gradually, stir in the cornstarch slurry.

Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes until it thickened, stirring constantly.

Place 2 cups of fresh fruits on the pie crust. Pour cooked fruits evenly on top.

Chill for 2 hours before serving.

Austrian Potato Rutabaga Salad

 

Austrian Potato Rutabaga Salad

SpiceBreeze
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Austrian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb potatoes boiled, cut into 0.25 inch slices
  • 0.5 lbs rutabaga or turnip cut into 0.25 inch slices
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • 0.5 bunch fresh parsley or dill chopped
  • 0.5 cup broth poultry or vegetable
  • 4 tbsp white vinegar wine or apple cider
  • 3-4 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt & pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large BOWL, mix 2 tbsp vinegar, 3 tbsp broth, oil, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Add shallots and potatoes and let marinate for 30 minutes.
  • In a PAN, heat the sugar over low heat until light brown.
  • Add the rutabaga or turnips and mix well.
  • Add the remaining vinegar and broth.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Cover and cook over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain and add to the potato salad. Mix well.
  • Let rest for 30 - 60 minutes.
  • Add fresh herbs. Mix well.
  • Serve with Kräuterbackhendl (see notes).
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Austrian Kräuterbackhendl recipe
Belgian Endive Salad

Belgian Endive Apple Salad

Belgian Endive Salad

Belgian Endive Apple Salad

Enjoy this extraordinary endive apple salad as a light weekday lunch or elegant side for a Sunday dinner with Belgian Carbonnade à la Flamande

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Belgian endives
  • 1-2 sweet apples
  • 1 tbsp (apple cider) vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (vegetable) oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Optionally:
  • crushed walnuts
  • fresh parsley, chopped
  • crumbled blue cheese or feta.

Instructions

Slice endives into 1/4 inch wide strips.

Cut apples into 8 wedges. Slice wedges crosswise 1/4 inch wide.

Season to taste with salt & pepper.

Finish with vinegar and oil.

Optionally, top with crushed walnuts, parsley, and/or crumbled blue cheese or feta.

Black Tahini

Tahini

 

Black Tahini

Tahini

SpiceBreeze

Ingredients
  

Shopping list for Tahini Paste (optional)

  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil

Shopping list for Tahini Sauce

  • 1 cup tahini paste store-bought or see additional recipe below
  • 2-5 cloves garlic peeled and grated
  • 1/4-1/2 cup lime or lemon juice

Instructions
 

Tahini paste (Optional)

  • In a PAN, over medium heat, roast sesame seeds until they turn golden brown. Stir frequently and be careful, not to burn the seeds!
  • In a FOOD PROCESSOR, mix sesame seeds and 1/4 cup of oil into a paste.
  • Add slowly more oil if necessary, 1/2 tbsp at a time.
  • The ideal paste should be just liquidy enough that it doesn't stick to a spoon. Though, it doesn't have to be perfect.

Tahini sauce

  • In a BOWL, mix tahini paste with 1/4 cup of water.
  • Add garlic, salt and lime juice to taste.
  • Depending on how liquid your tahini paste is, you might need to add more water. The sauce should be liquid enough to pour it over the falafel, but not watery.
Orange Semolina Cake

Mastic Orange Semolina Cake

Orange Semolina Cake

Orange Semolina Cake

SpiceBreeze
Cuisine Greek

Ingredients
  

Shopping list for the batter

  • 1.5 cup semolina
  • 0.5 cup sugar use to taste: up to 0.25less or more
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 0.25-0.5 tsp ground small mastic tears
  • 1.5 cup yogurt
  • 0.5 c milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Shopping list for the syrup

  • 0.75 cup sugar use to taste: 0.25less or up to 0.75more
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 green cardamom pods optional
  • 1 stick cinnamon optional

Shopping list for garnish (optional)

  • 1 orange halved and sliced
  • 0.5 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup ice cream vanilla or orange flavor

Instructions
 

Syrup

  • In a small POT, add bring 0.5 cup of water to boil.
  • Stir in sugar until dissolved.
  • Optional: Add cardamom or cinnamon.
  • Mix in orange juice. Return to a boil.
  • Turn heat to low and cook slowly for about 10 minutes. The syrup shall have thickened but still be runny.
  • Remove and let cool.

Batter

  • In a BOWL, mix semolina with sugar, baking soda, and mastic.
  • Add yogurt, milk, and lemon juice.
  • With an ELECTRIC MIXER, beat until the batter is creamy.

Bake

  • Preheat OVEN to 350°F.
  • Spread a thinly layer of butter onto a BAKING PAN.
  • Pour the batter into the BAKING PAN.
  • Bake for about 1 to 1.5 hours until its baked and lightly golden.
  • If the top turns brown before it fully baked, cover the pan with aluminum foil for the remaining baking time.
  • Take the BAKING PAN out.
  • Pour syrup over hot cake.
  • Let cool.

Serve

  • Sprinkle cake with powdered sugar.
  • Serve cake with orange slices and/or ice cream.

Notes

Here are some Greek cake recipes. For all you can add ground mastic tears to the batter to get this special flavor: