Every blog worth their salt has a homemade hummus recipe on it, but until now this one hasn’t had one. Time to change that!
I’m going to admit something to you, and it isn’t pretty. Up until now I rolled my eyes when I saw a hummus recipe on someone else’s food blog.
It just seemed so overdone. Why add yet ANOTHER hummus recipe to the million and one already on the Internet?
Well, apologies to all those blog owners I’ve rolled my eyes at. You were right all along!
Because hummus is an incredibly delicious not-to-mention nutritious snack, and as this blog is part ‘recipe book’ for myself to use over the years, I’ve decided that I do in fact need to have a hummus recipe here!
Hummus recipe, where have you been all my (blogging) life?
Also, I’ve been experimenting with hummus recipes for years, and have now finally decided on the ‘perfect’ way to eat it.
I don’t like my hummus to be too thick, or too garlicky, I like to use a good tasting olive oil in it, and I like to be able to taste the lemon. I also like to add an extra drizzle of olive oil and a generous sprinkling of toasted pine nuts on top, which is the way I’ve often eaten hummus when ordering it in restaurants.
So I thought it would be nice to share with you the recipe I prefer – hopefully you enjoy it this way too!
The great thing about hummus (apart from the deliciousness and nutritiousness!) is that it can be whizzed up in a food processor in little more than seconds.
Which means it well and truly belongs on this here little humble blog!
To justify my hummus recipe’s place here even more I thought I’d add a recipe for really (really really) simple flatbread. I LOVE this recipe as it’s made with only two main ingredients – self raising flour and yogurt. No yeast required.
The flatbread is also really easy to cook. Just roll out a ball of dough then cook for just a minute or two on each side in a hot, dry griddle pan. Then drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt while still hot.
It’s good… so unbelievably fresh and delicious.
Mop up that beautifully easy hummus dip with your warm homemade bread and you’ll be in food heaven.
You may even want to serve this together with a big piece of the spinach and feta filo pie from last week’s post – for a mini Mediterranean feast!
*Update: a reader has rightly pointed out that there are actually more than 2 ingredients in the flatbread. Well, true, I can’t deny it, there is also a tiny bit of baking powder in there too. But I decided to ‘cheat’ slightly and stick to the 2 main ingredients in the title – flour and yogurt. The olive oil and salt toppings are purely optional – but I would advise adding this final touch. Mmmmm!
Quick hummus and 2-ingredient flatbread
for the hummus
- 14 ounce cooked chickpeas garbanzo beans, drained and water reserved
- 1 small garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon tahini sesame seed paste*
- juice of 1 small lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil plus a bit more for drizzling
- 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts optional
- sprinkle of paprika optional
for the homemade flatbreads
- 1 1/3 cups self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/3 cups plain or Greek yogurt I used Greek of course!
- olive oil and salt for drizzling / sprinkling optional
For the Hummus
Put the first six hummus ingredients (from the chickpeas to the olive oil) in a food processor together with three tablespoons of the reserved chickpea water. Blitz until smooth.
Tip the hummus into a bowl, drizzle with a little olive oil and scatter with the toasted pine nuts (if using). Sprinkle with a little paprika (if using).
For the Homemade Flatbreads
Combine the flour, baking powder and yogurt in a large bowl and mix until a dough begins to form.
Tip the dough out onto a floured board or clean work surface and knead a few times until you have a smooth ball of dough (if the dough seems a bit too dry add a tablespoon or two of water to help bring it together).
Divide the dough in half, then divide each half into four to give you eight equal pieces of dough.
Form each piece into a ball, then roll out to a few millimetres thick.
Heat a griddle pan until quite hot, then cook each of the rolled out pieces of dough for a minute or two on each side (they should puff up a bit when you’re cooking the second side). Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt while still hot.
Serve with the hummus and a piece of spinach and feta filo pie (if you like!).
*Traditionally, tahini is added to hummus, but I don’t think it would be the end of the world to leave it out if you happen not to have any (many would probably disagree with me here, but there you go!)