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Conquering Runny-Yolk Phobia with Khachapuri (BBB January 2016)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for 2 kinds of Khachapuri: Adjaruli and Ossetian; runny egg-yolk phobia; potato substitution; converting food aversions; proof is in the tasting; we made a video!; a Bread Baking Babes project; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) January 2016: Khachapuri

khachapuri Are you like me? Had you never heard of khachapuri? It’s pretty amazing that we haven’t when you consider that there is a khachapuri index!

Tbilisi State University (ISET) defines the Khachapuri index as the average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian Khachapuri. The evolution of this cost is indicative of inflation and economic trends in the country.
 
-CospoT, The pulse of the Georgian economy: the Khachapuri Index
 
Ajaran khachapuri is essentially a breadbowl encompassing a molten lake of oozy, salty cheese and a poached egg. It is typically shaped like a boat or an eye, the egg’s yolk a sort of sunny pupil. I first tried it on a sweltering August afternoon after a sticky four-hour bus ride […] January, however, is another story. There’s nothing like biting cold (or a nasty hangover) to make you crave stick-to-your-bones food like this. Make it for a weekend brunch or your next snow day. It’s so filling you won’t need much on the side: just coffee and some grapefruit or orange juice to cut the richness.
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Serving note: If you like, sprinkle the khachapuri with black or red pepper, smoked paprika, or chopped greens (cilantro, parsley, basil, mint, dill). If you prefer a spicier version, mix some ajika into the cheese while it’s hot. A light salad of cucumber, tomatoes, and red or green onions on the side would complement the rich khachapuri nicely.
 
-Jenny Holm, Ajaran Khachapuri (Hot Breadbowl with Cheese and Egg), The Georgian Table

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