Crispy Prosciutto-Rosemary Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread)

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Author Notes: A not-at-all classic version of khachapuri, the cheese-filled bread. Just before baking, I pile on pieces of prosciutto (which crisps up during baking) and rosemary (which perfumes the whole thing). Erin McDowell

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Makes 2 large or 4 small breads

For the dough

  • 4 1/3 cups (522 g) bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon (9 g) instant active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons (25 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) fine sea salt
  • 10 tablespoons (142 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (242 g) whole milk, warmed to about 100°F
  • 1/3 cup (81 g) warm water

For the filling and finishing

  • 1 1/2 cups goat cheese
  • 2 1/1 cups diced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Egg wash, as needed for finishing
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped rosemary
  1. Make the dough: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, mix the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt to combine. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the mixture looks crumbly, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the milk and water and mix the dough on low speed for 4 minutes. Raise the speed to medium and mix until the dough is very smooth, 2-3 minutes more.
  3. Transfer the dough to a large, oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the dough is puffed (it may not fully double in size).
  4. Divide the dough as desired: Cut into two even pieces for larger, more shareable khachapuri, or into four even pieces for smaller, individual khachapuri.
  5. Pat the dough into an oval shape with your hands. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough, maintaining the oval shape, into an oblong oval about 1/3-inch thick.
  6. Pick the dough up from the ends and transfer it to a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently stretch the dough when you transfer it to help elongate the oval a bit.
  7. Crumble the goat cheese evenly over the dough, leaving about 1-inch around the edge on all sides. Sprinkle the mozzarella evenly over the goat cheese.
  8. Working your way around the bread, fold the excess dough up and over the filling to create a little wall and encase it. Gently pinch the ends of the oval to help seal. Cover the breads with a piece of plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick spray, and let the bread rise for 30 minutes – 1 hour.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Brush the edges of the dough with egg wash.
  10. Arrange the prosciutto over the surface of the cheese—4 slices each for large kachapuri, 2 each for small. Sprinkle a bit of rosemary over each bread.
  11. Transfer to the oven and bake until the crust is golden brown, the cheese is melted and lightly golden, and the prosciutto is crisp, 30-35 minutes for small, 45-50 minutes for large.
  12. Let the khachapuri cool for 5-10 minutes before serving warm.

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