Step 3: Make the center pattern

A Chekich is a stamp for stamping the center of Uzbek bread.  This is a pretty specialized piece of baking equipment, and not likely to be in most people's kitchens here in the US. While I'd look at this as an opportunity to make my own chekich, if you don't have a lathe or don't feel similarly inclined, then you can just use a fork to punch a pattern in the center. You want to punch this patter so that the center of the bread doesn't rise, so the bread ends up kind of donut-shaped.

There are a few tricks here:

1. Do this RIGHT BEFORE you're about to put it in the oven. You don't want to give the center enough time to rise again.

2. Punch down the center manually first, but not too thin. If you do it too thin, the center can get crispy like a cracker. The Uzbeks in the Ferghana Valley also sell some other tool that does this (no pins, but just a ridge that's slightly larger than the chekich), but when I ventured farther West, people said they'd never heard of such a thing. You want to punch down an area slightly larger than your stamp. If you're using a fork, this is less of an issue.

<p>Does it really taste as bazaar version? </p>
It does to me...You'll have to try it and let me know what you think!
Thank you for the great recipe, pictures and instructions! The bread was great and turned out much like your pics. You can see my full review at http://breakfastabroad.blogspot.ca/2013/06/week-37-nonushta-uzbekistan.html.
Looks delish. Quick question though, what activates the yeast? There doesn't seem to be any sugar in the recipe, so what does the yeast eat to let the dough double in size? Other than that, can't wait to try it. Yum.
No sugar is necessary for making bread! The yeast consumes the carbohydrate sugars in the flour.
i was in tashkent for awhile, on my way to afghanistan to fight in the war. i loved the food there. my friend's wife there made the same bread and it was awesome. i took some to afghanistan and my G.I. friends loved it also. thanks for the ble. 2 thumbs way up.
Glad you enjoyed it!
Looks tasty. <br /> Gonna dig out my biscuit tin, and try this out in a fire pit. Well next time I'm back in the same country as my fire pit, and bisucit tin...<br /> <br />

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