It’s Friday and you are thinking about what snacks to make for Saturday games night with your friends. You want to prepare something special that will impress your guests, but you also don’t want to spend too much time or energy working away in the kitchen. Enter: artisan bread and homemade hummus – aka – the easiest but most impressive appetizer for entertaining. You can thank us later.
There really is nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread… except for the taste of freshly baked bread of course. With a little planning, and just 7 ingredients, you can blow your guests mind with the aroma and flavor of artisan bread. It pairs perfectly with our homemade hummus and a glass of wine.
Read on for our easy artisan bread and homemade hummus recipes.
What you’ll need:
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher rock salt
• 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
• 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons room temperature water
• 6 tablespoons lager
• 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
• spring of fresh rosemary
Start the evening before you want to serve for ideal timing.
In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and instant yeast. Give a quick stir. Add water, beer, white vinegar and use a spatula to fold and combine dry ingredients with wet. Make sure to scrape the edges and bottom of the bowl. Mix until your ingredients form a shaggy ball. Tightly seal with plastic wrap or reusable food wrap. Leave overnight at room temperature for anywhere between 8-18 hours. Drink the rest of your lager for a job well done.
Approximately 4 hours before serving, take the dough and knead it 10-12 times. Sprinkle flour on the dough, your hands, and your counter to avoid sticking. Fold the edges into the middle and place seam side down back in the bowl. Loosely cover with wrap and let rest another 2 hours at room temperature.
Heat oven to 500 degrees. Once at temperature, bake empty dutch oven for 30 minutes. During this time, place your dough on a sheet of parchment paper. Use a knife to slice a 6 inch slit on the top of your dough - this will release steam during baking so your crust doesn't crack. Gently sprinkle a smidgen of flour, roughly chopped rosemary, and a pinch of kosher rock salt on top.
Turn the oven temperature down to 425 degrees. Place the dough seam-side down in the dutch oven (careful, it's hot!) and bake with the lid on for 30 minutes. Then, remove the lid and bake an additional 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown.
Grabbing the parchment paper, remove your loaf from the dutch oven and place on a rack to cool.
At this time, your guests may be arriving, and they will most definitely be impressed with the beautiful aroma of freshly baked bread. Good job.
Serve with butter or homemade hummus (recipe below).
Photo c/o Toa Heftiba
What you’ll need
• 1 can chickpeas
• 1 teaspoon kosher rock salt
• 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
• 2 heaping tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
• 1/2 lemon
• 1 small garlic clove
• 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
In a food processor, combine chickpeas, salt, cumin, tahini, juice of 1/2 a lemon (careful not to include seeds), and garlic clove (chopped). Pulse until the ingredients are roughly combined. Blend on medium-high for 1 minute while drizzling olive oil through opening on top, stopping the machine to stir if your ingredients aren't blending easily. Add more or less olive oil to achieve your desires consistency.
Drizzle with more olive oil, garnish with olives and serve with homemade artisan bread.
Once you've mastered classic hummus, get creative by adding new spices and flavors! We love roasted garlic and caramelized onion.
Try these out and let us know what you think.
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