חצ'פורי אצ'רולי של אדי מזרחי | צילום: בן יוסטר | סטיילינג: אוריה גבע
חצ'פורי אצ'רולי של אדי מזרחי | צילום: בן יוסטר | סטיילינג: אוריה גבע
Recipe

Adjaruli Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread)

The combination of warm bread and cheese is a staple in cuisines worldwide. In the Georgian language, puri means bread, and khacha – cheese

Ingredients for Georgian Cheese and Egg bread

For the dough:

  • 2.2 pounds (1Kg) flour
  • 2 tablespoons (25 grams) Sugar
  • 0.35 ounces (10 grams) fresh yeast
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2⅔ cups (660 ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) canola oil

For the filling:

  • 1.1 pounds (500 grams) sheep feta cheese
  • ½ cup (100 grams) butter very soft
  • 8 eggs

Instructions

Preparing the dough:

  • 1. Using a mixer fitted with a dough hook, beat the flour, sugar and yeast for a minute until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Gradually add the vinegar and water and knead for 8 minutes until the dough is soft and sticky (don't be tempted to add more flour).

  • 2. Add the salt and oil and knead for 2 more minutes. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and gently form it into a very soft ball. Transfer to a greased bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and preferably for 12 hours.

shaping, filling and baking:

  • 3. Preheat the oven to 390F/220ºC and line a baking pan with parchment paper.

  • 4. Place the dough on a floured work surface and divide it into 8 balls. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour.  

  • 5. Form a cylinder out of each ball and pinch the edges with your hands. Make an elongated well in the middle of each khachapuri and then widen it with your fingers.  

  • 6. Mix the cheese and butter thoroughly until homogenous and then fill the 'boats' with the mixture.  

  • 7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown. Crack the eggs in a bowl and slide them, one at a time, into the middle of each khachapuri. Bake for another 5 minutes until the eggs are cooked.  Khachapuris taste best when eaten right after they come out of the oven.

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Variation: if you are unable to buy fresh yeast, you can substitute it with 1 teaspoon/ 3 grams of dry yeast.

This recipe is courtesy of Hashulchan.

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