Daring Cooks Challenge: Mezze Platter

The 2010 February Daring COOKs challenge was hosted by Michele of Veggie Num Nums. Michele chose to challenge everyone to make mezze based on various recipes from Claudia Roden, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Dugid.

This was my first daring cooks challenge.  I have really enjoyed the Daring Bakers challenges, but thought maybe I could make some more nutritious fare if I also joined Daring Cooks, not to mention that I may need a new larger wardrobe if I keep having to make batches and batches of sugary delights.

I have made hummus many times and with many variations, but Pita was new.  This is the fun of these challenges, they make you try things that you might not otherwise. The Pita dough was very easy to make.  I used the recipe with half unbleached white flour and half fresh ground whole what from my Nitrimill.  The Pita dough is left to rise, then punched down and rolled into patties and straight into a pizza stone in the 450 degree oven.  To my amazement, they puffed up like balloons;  a highly gratifying baking experience!!

I just made the pita according to the recipe.  It is very good, basic hummus– comfort food.  The other variation I made was to add a beet, after all it is Valentine’s Day on the reveal date of the challenge.  Just make hummus and add about 1 or 2 medium cooked beets.

The recipes for the pita, hummus, and several other mezze delights are on the Daring Bakers website:


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