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Pita Bread

Pita bread is served at mostly every meal in the Middle East households. You can use the pita bread for dipping, or you can also make amazing sandwiches in the pockets of the bread. In the Middle Eastern countries pita bread is backed differently. To make it so that the ovens reach the right temperatures they bake their bread in a brick oven, where very high heat is easy to get. Even though with the right recipe and a good stove it is still hard to duplicate this recipe in a home kitchen. There are many different ways in which people eat pita bread. Regardless of what you want to stuff in your pita, or pita sandwich, it is the bread of choice in the middle east. The exact location were pita bread began is unknown. Armenia, Greece, Egypt, Israel, and Syria are all in the running for starting pita bread. Although many places could have first started making pita bread it also may have been the Bedouins who first made it. The reason in which it is unknown is because it has been enjoyed in these countries for many centuries. In Jerusalem, a bakery called the Angel Bakery, turns out 10,000 pitas daily, which requires three hours of work in a computerized line. Pita Bread though has been made for many years. The residents of early Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, used stones to grind grain then they added water and then cooked it over an open fire. Also it has been found that ancient Egyptian cities grew wheat and barley to make flat breads. Also, it is believed that these ancient cities discovered how to rise bread accidentally.



Ingredients:

  • 1 package of yeast, or quick rising yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water

Hummus:

Hummus is one of the most popular dips in the Middle East. Hummus can be served with fresh or toasted pita bread, and with the combination it makes a great snack or an appetizer. If you go to restaurants in the Middle East and eat hummus, you will notice that every were you eat it the taste is different. Hummus is one of the oldest foods that is dating back to ancient Egypt. It was also discovered that chickpeas were used frequently over 7,000 years ago. Today hummus is made in millions of different ways, which also include there varying flavors. Hummus is very important in the Middle East and can also be ate in many different varieties. While eating hummus as a dip with pita, a sandwich filling, and a topping for falafel, also they can use hummus as toothpaste, hair gel, and also for extinguishing. Hummus is one of the main foods in Syria, and has also become popular in Jordan and Israel. While also being a very well known food, hummus is also causing problems in the Middle East. Lebanon is planing to sue Israel, to repay for decades of lost revenue for Lebanon's marketing of hummus. Even though Lebanon and Israel have been at war for sixty years, over the past few months they have found something new to argue about, and that is food. The problem started on a TV show last October when Lebanese industrialist, complained about Lebanese dishes, like hummus, were being put under the label of a "Israeli cuisine."

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16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil