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Khachapuri.

26 Feb

Hello,

I have added all kinds of ingredients to yeast dough before, but I haven’t added yoghurt. So of course, when I heard about khachapuri, I had to give it a try.

It’s a flat bread filled with cheese. Uh, hello? How great is that?
They did turn out fabulously, I’ll definitely make them again. Great for lunch or brunch, or in between. They are pretty filling, slightly salty, and really easy to make.

Ingredients:
makes 6 small flat breads

2 cups flour
3 tsps. dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 cup plain yoghurt
1/2 tsp. salt
about 7 oz. feta cheese
about 3 oz. mozzarella cheese
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp. milk

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and yoghurt. Start kneading; add about 1/2 cup warm water one tablespoon at a time (you might need some more water, or a little less). Knead until all the ingredients are combined and you have a smooth, warm ball of dough. Leave it in the bowl, cover with a dish cloth and let sit in a warm place until the dough has risen (to about twice its original size; for about one hour).

In the meantime, cut the cheese into very small cubes, and mix them.

When the dough has risen, knead it once very quickly, and divide it into six equal portions. Roll these portions into circles on a lightly floured surface. Divide the cheese mix onto the dough circles, leaving a rim.
Pull the rim over the filling toward the middle of the circle and press it together. This should result in six oddly shaped balls. Roll these balls back into flat breads super carefully.

Preheat your oven to 400° F.

Place the breads on a papered baking sheet.
Mix egg yolk and milk; brush the breads with that mixture.

Bake the khachapuris for about 25 mins., until very lightly brown.
Let cool, and enjoy!!

See? Melted cheeses inside a light bread. I had expected the yoghurt to weigh down the dough, but it didn’t at all. I thought it made the dough really flexible, and the bread really interesting.

xoxo, F.

Chickpea Salad with Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil

17 Jun

Hello there, good evening!

chickpeadone

After spending the afternoon at the pool, I came home sunburnt (when will I ever learn?), tired, and hungry. This salad was the perfect dinner, because it took about 10 seconds to throw together, and also turned out to be nice, light summer food. There really isn’t much to it, but it tasted so good! I used canned chickpeas, because I actually like them better than the soaked, ‘homemade’ ones, but that’s up to you, of course. I debated the basil for a while (in my head. with myself), because I wasn’t sure whether it would work with the chickpeas – in the end, I told to myself to take a chance, dance like nobody is watching, etc., and just threw some in. It worked, I liked it. In any case, I am sure that parsley instead would also taste very good, as would a different type of lettuce.

Ingredients:
serves 2

1 small can chickpeas (about 2 cups, I’d say)
1 ball mozzarella
6 grape tomatoes
2 big handfuls green salad leaves, e.g. romaine
1 handful of fresh basil, chopped

5 tbsps. olive oil
2 tbsps. white balsamico vinegar
salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar to taste

chickpeaprep

Directions:

Wash and drain the chickpeas in a sieve.
Cut the mozzarella, the tomatoes, and the lettuce into bitesized chunks.

In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Season generously, mix gently, and serve with bread. Enjoy!

Easy, no? I wonder how feta cheese would taste in this. Must try…
xoxo, F.