Friday, June 5, 2009

Homemade Hummus and Pita Bread

I have recently begun a new love affair.....with hummus (which is kind of a manly name, don't you think?) ;) One of our favorite new casual spots to eat in town features their homemade hummus and freshly baked, warm pita bread on their appetizer menu. So recently, I began my quest to try and replicate both.

Of all the recipes for hummus that I have tried recently, my favorite includes roasting the garlic cloves for a rich, mellow flavor.

When using olive oil to garnish your hummus, buy the best extra virgin olive oil you can afford!

When I first started making hummus, I was buying pita bread at the store. Tired of paying almost a dollar apiece for pita rounds, I quickly tried to research recipes for pita bread too!

Since I am a big fan of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes, I decided to try making pitas with the 'Master Recipe' or boule. I had a batch already made in my refrigerator ( which I almost always have) so I was ready to rock and roll!

Having researched homemade pita on the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes website (which you can find on my sidebar), I read through all the comments and came across one that mentioned making the pitas in a covered, non-stick pan rather than in the oven. It worked like a charm for me!

I was able to make beautifully puffed pitas in no time at all! I cooked them in the pre-heated pan (over medium heat) with a cover, for about 2-3 minutes per side. The cover on the pan traps the steam to help them puff up. Another tip, wipe out the pan after making each pita, as the flour tends to burn.

Through trial and error, I found that if I rolled out the rounds of dough too thinly, they didn't poof up quite as well and I didn't get a nice 'pocket'. The pitas taste best the same day but are easily frozen for future use.

I hope you give homemade hummus and pitas a try!

You can find the recipe for the Master Boule bread recipe by clicking here.

Here is my recipe for hummus. I have adapted this recipe from many different recipes that I have read and it's my favorite combination of flavors. Don't be put off by the high price of a jar of tahini at the store. It lasts forever in the refrigerator!

Makes about 3 cups
Printable Recipe

1-1/2 cups uncooked chickpeas (about ½ pound)
1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid from chickpeas
1/3 cup Tahini paste (start with less and keep tasting!)
8 cloves garlic, roasted
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne
A splash or two of Tabasco
Juice of one-two lemons (I like it lemony)
1/4-1/2 cup extra light olive oil (not extra virgin)
Salt to taste

To garnish:

Extra virgin olive oil
Smoked paprika to taste

Soak dry chickpeas overnight in a bowl filled with enough water to cover by at least an inch above peas. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. The next day, drain the chickpeas and place in saucepan with enough fresh water to cover. Cook according to package directions until soft. Reserved some of the cooking liquid then drain.  Discard any pea shells that have come off. I like to rub the cooled chickpeas between my hands to remove as many shells as I can.

While chickpeas are cooking, rub whole garlic cloves with a little olive oil and roast in a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes, until soft and fragrant. Allow to cool, then remove skins.

Combine all ingredients except for garnish in food processor. Keep adding olive oil until until smooth spreadable. Adjust seasonings.

Sprinkle with olive oil and paprika and serve with homemade pita bread.

TGIF and Happy Foodie Friday friends!

Please visit Gollum's blog, Designs by Gollum for more Foodie Friday posts!

Today, I decided to join Suzy at Kitchen Bouquet for her Flashback Friday and show a couple of peonies that were blooming here around the middle of June last year. I love peony time and can't wait to see them again!

Please visit Suzy's blog for more fun Flashback Friday posts!


  1. Your recipe for hummus sounds delicious. Your pita pockets look beautiful. Between the two I'd say you have a blue ribbon post. Have a wonderful day.

  2. I haven't had lunch yet and boy are you making me hungry! Wow, hummus is a favorite and I will try this method with roasting the garlic. You go beyond creative making your own pitas, they look fantastic. Loved the flashback too - my first peony opened last night ;)

  3. I have to try those GORGEOUS Pitas!!! On the stove? I will rearead..I am at the office reading quickly..The blooms are beautiful too..I love Hummus Susan..And I bet the pitas kick it up a huge notch..have you tried Mary's naan too? I did a post that had it at the's good too! Thanks as always for sharing great recipes and ideas..
    Tes photos sont belles aussi!

  4. I am not eating carbs the past two weeks so your pita photo has me going a little nuts. I was in a middle east eatery outside of DC this past March and they were making them fresh. I honestly think I ate 5 or 6 and wanted to buy some to take back home. Hubby thought I was nuts at how I was so excited over Pita's. I would love to make my own but wonder how many I would eat when no one was counting? Thanks for sharing the recipe and if I dream of Pita bread tonight it is your fault:)

  5. I love this post, Susan, hummus and pita are favorites in our house. We also eat more than our share of pita and tzatziki. And I can definitely relate to paying $1.00 a piece for good pita.

    I can see where roasting the garlic would enhance the flavor of the hummus.

    Thanks for two great recipes and the pita tutorial.

    Beautiful pictures of the peonies. I'm sure the fragrance was amazing.

  6. Mmmmmm... I love a really garlicy hummus with really good olive oil.

    Thanks for posting this recipe!

  7. I've always wanted to make pita bread and your instructions are just what I needed to give it a try. Love the hummus too. Next I want to try my hand at falafel. Thanks, Susan.

  8. Your pita bread turned out great!! I have seen so much about this bread in 5 minutes that I am going to have to give it a try one of these days.

  9. We love pita bread and eat a lot of it...but have never tried making it. I may just give it a try now, tho. Thanks!

  10. Thank you so much I have got to give this a try. I copied your hummus recipe and am going to try pita too. It's so nice to meet you
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  11. You're my hero in so many ways!! I just have to try the hummus and pita homemade. I am inspired especially since I can do this with the A in 5 dough. I need to reread carefully. I think I will try this weekend. The peonies are just lovely!!! I have several blooming now. Your garden flashback is perfect for the FF event..we need more flowers in the world!! :-) Thanks for joining me this week.

  12. Suzy, said it right, my hero :) You really are inspiring, those pita's and the hummus, and the photo's of them, well, they are just fantastic. So this post is really a fantastic Foodie Friday. Lot's of F's for you - fantastic, fabulous, first-rate!

    Pretty flashback! Beautiful flowers!

  13. Beautiful photos Susan! Love hummus with veggies ... not big on pita bread, but yours looks gorgeous. Santa Chiara is my favorite oil from Costa dei Rosmarini ... fruity and buttery.

  14. Your hummus looks great! I have always wanted to try making the pita bread. Your recipe is great. Thanks for sharing:)

  15. Homemade hummus and bread! Wonderful combination.

  16. I love hummus, and your pitas look perfect!

  17. I truly appreciate all of your kind comments! Thank you ♥

  18. You made the pita bread look easy! Yummy post...
    Having a good weekend?
    ~Really Rainey~

  19. yours look beautiful.... and I bet they taste good too! I hope you had a happy Foodie Friday and are having a great weekend ~ Susan

  20. Your pitas look wonderful..I am allergic to garlic, so I have to skip that.
    The peonies look so pretty!

  21. Great recipes and great pictures!

    I just want to try those pitas!!!

    I've just made hummus myself but had no sesame cream so I used "petits suisses" a kind of soft cheese... I love hummus!

  22. I will be trying this pita! I make my own hummus also Susan, it's great to have something in the fridge for a quick lunch or snack. Thank you for all your tips on the pita.

  23. You are such a wonderful cook! I love the idea of roasted garlic for hummus, and the homemade pita must be out of this world good!
    XX 00

  24. I often make hummus but I've never tried pita breads ... I should because I love them ... Yours are just perfect !
    Have a nice day

  25. Susan, the hummus and pita had to taste as good as they look... and they look delicious! Nice pics! I'm very tempted to try these.

  26. Homemade pita bread? That certainly looks like it is well worth the trouble, but as you've portrayed, that's not very much trouble at all is it. Thanks for two great recipes, one of which is a particularly nice surprise.

    tom | tall clover farm

  27. Hummus with roasted garlic must be ssssoooo delicious!

  28. I am loving your blog!!! Your flowers are amazing...and I have never tried to make homemade pita...never even dawned on me..I buy them frequently, but find that they get mold very quickly :(...this is a keeper! Thanks again.

  29. That looks delicious! I love hummus, thank you for the recipe! Looking forward to discovering your other recipes! x


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