Wednesday, June 6, 2007

mmmm...Pitas and Hummus!

I LOVE pitas and hummus...especially when they are home made! Today I made both and had some friends over for lunch. So, I though I would share our lunch with you...
2 cans Garbanzo Beans (drained, reserve some liquid)
1/3 Cup Tahini (you can find this usually by the peanut butter...or health food section of store)
1-2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
2 tsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Cumin
1-2 TBSP Olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Take ingredients and place in a blender or food processor. Blend until it is nice and smooth. Add some of the liquid if the consistency is too thick. Add more lemon juice or oil to taste.
Make some Pitas and enjoy!

The recipe I use comes from the Foodie Farmgirl blog.
2-1/2 cups bread flour
2teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons good olive oil
1 cup warm water (105-110 degrees)
My version is only different because I use a kitchen aid to do the kneading
This is how I do it...
Place water, sugar, and yeast in bowl and let stand 5 minuets or until it starts getting bubbly.
Next add oil, and salt. Begin adding flour, a little at a time until the dough is slightly sticky, but firm. remove from bowl and cut into 6 equal size pieces (the foodie farm girl does 8 pieces but I like bigger pitas) roll in to six balls and let stand on floured counter for 40 min. Cover with a wet towel while standing.
Next warm up the oven to 500 degrees. cover bottom rack of oven with tin foil. Roll out two-3 pitas at a time and place on pre-heated oven rack for 4-5 minutes until puffy and golden. remove and stack on top of each other, so they deflate. I put my leftovers (if there are any) in zip lock bags and store them or freeze them. They also make great pita pizzas or pita chips to go along with the yummy hummus.
For a more detailed recipe and pictures check out the foodie farmgirl.

I think these pitas are really easy and quick since they only have to raise 40 mins.


Traci said...

You go girl making your own pitas and hummus!! Sounds good. I will have to try them. Hope the pitas work out, I have not mastered homemade breads just yet, I do have a KitchenAid though...

Abby Norman said...

mmm...hummus....(In a homer simpson voice)

Betina said...

I love your pitas! After reading this I went and had some store bought hummus and pita chips. Not even close to the same as the homemade stuff.

Hey... wait a minute... you have other friends besides me?? And you gave THEM your pitas?