This month was a very nice one to ease us into our ninth year (can you believe that??). This January our Kitchen of the Month resided with Aparna and she baked us Adjaruli Khachapuri in her Diverse Kitchen!
Don't shy away from that intricate name thinking that this is an intricate bread to bake. None of that. It is easy but so much fun to bake and a true showboat on your dinner table. My boys send me happy smiles when they saw what I was making: "that for dinner tonight Mom? Great".
Aparna tells us the following about this bread:
Acharuli/ Adjaruli Khachapuri is a boat shaped bread from Georgia, that has melted salty cheese and a soft cooked egg or sometimes two in the middle hollow part of the “boat”. The name Khachapuri has its origins in the words “Khacho ” meaning cottage cheese / cheese curd” and “Puri” meaning bread. I believe the Georgians often eat this very popular bread as a snack or for lunch.
Some people like to call the Acharuli Khachapuri a Georgian Pizza Pie, but I think that’s insulting both the Pizza and the Khachapuri.
There are similarities but they’re really two distinctly individual dishes to my mind. Khachapuri is considered one of Georgia’s national dishes and each region of Georgia apparently makes its own variety of it. So much so that the Tbilisi State University supposedly developed a “Khachapuri Index” to measure inflation based on how much it costs to make one Imeretian Khachapuri!
Preheat oven to 250ºC.
Combine the cheeses in a bowl and set aside. Deflate the dough and divide it into two halves. Working with one piece at a time, roll it out to a rectangle about 25 cm long and 3 mm thick on a piece of lightly floured parchment. This makes it easier to transfer the dough to your baking sheet.
Roll the long sides in a bit curving them inwards at the ends and seal well (with a little water) or the edges will open up during baking. Then bring the edges close and pinch together on both ends to form a “boat” like shape.