Homemade Pita Bread and Hummus

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 in DIY, Savory | 1 comment

Homemade Pita Bread and Hummus

As I have previously confessed, I have a serious hummus addiction. Hummus makes for an amazing quick snack (or even meal if you’re like me). And what better way to eat it than with some freshly baked pita bread? Although it takes a little time, pita  is actually very simple to make. And sooooo much more satisfying to eat knowing it was your own.

 

Hummus is likewise very simple to make. The primary components are chickpeas, tahini and olive oil… and from there the variations are endless. This recipe calls for roasted garlic, my personal favorite addition. And don’t forget the lemon-the acid is needed to cut through, and balance, some of the creaminess of the tahini.

 

And don’t worry if you get stuck with an impossibly huge jar of tahini like I did- it’s great in other recipes as well. Here’s one idea for cookies.

 Hummus and Pita

 

Pita Bread

Adapted from Grandma Bonnie’s Closet

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of water, approximately 110 degrees

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon sugar

¼ oz packet of yeast

1 teaspoon salt

3 ½ cups of flour

 

In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, yeast and half a cup of water. Allow it to sit until bubbly, approximately five minutes. In the mean time, combine the salt and flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center.

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Add the remaining water and olive oil to the yeast mixture then pour into the flour. Stir until the dough starts to come together, then knead gently for about five minutes.

 

Gather the dough into a ball, then place into a lightly oiled bowl. Roll the dough over until it’s sealed in a light coat of oil. Cover the bowl with a cloth and place it in a warm place. Allow the dough to rise for about forty-five minutes to an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

 

Once the dough has sufficiently risen, turn it out on a floured surface. Knead it a few times, then divide into eight pieces. Fold each piece into a ball, then roll out into a circle working from the center out. Be careful not roll too aggressively over the edges- you don’t want to force out all the air bubbles since that is what will help create the pockets.

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees while you allow the rolled out dough to rest, about ten minutes.

 

Bake the circles ten to twelve minutes or until lightly golden brown. After removing them from the oven, keep the baked pita under a towel to prevent it from drying out. Once it has cooled, store it in a tightly sealed plastic bag.

 Pita Bread

 

Garlic Hummus

Ingredients:

1 16oz can chickpeas, rinsed

¼ cup tahini

¼ cup water

1 lemon, juiced

several pinches salt

2 cloves garlic, roasted

½ cup olive oil

 

Olive Oil, Lemon, and Salt

 

In a blender, combine the chickpeas, tahini, water, lemon juice, garlic and salt. With the blender running, stream in the olive oil. Continue to blend until the texture is completely smooth.

 

Hummus

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One Comment

  1. 4-5-2013

    Looks so good! I love hummus! :)

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