We decided our focaccia-like pita bread was entirely unsatisfactory, and so we enlisted the help of an experienced bread maker and her own recipe (https://sarahandrachel13.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/recipe-pita-bread-take-2/) to rectify ourselves. With our new pita, we whipped up another batch of our already successful humus, and attempted the unexplored falafel (https://sarahandrachel13.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/recipe-falafel/).
We’ll start with the more positive experience–the pita bread. Thanks to our expert assistance, the pita was thin, but still moist, light, and fluffy. It wasn’t quite as round as the store bought stuff, but what can we say, our perfectionist tendencies weren’t at a high that day. Still, the pita got a big thumbs up from all who tried it, and it was fairly simple to make. A perfect addition to our hummus (https://sarahandrachel13.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/recipe-hummus/) or any other spread.
The falafel did not run so smoothly. It seems as though falafel is more of a trial and error kind of process. Whether the oil temperature or ground chickpea consistency, making a falafel takes a certain amount of experience which we don’t quite have yet. Everything started out well and good: we combined all the ingredients, and formed the dough like mixture into the classic sphere-like shape. We heated up the oil, preparing to fry, and dropped in the raw falafel. That was were things started to fall apart, literally. For some reason, as the falafel began to cook, it shed the cooked layer revealing a raw inside. That cooked layer soon disintegrated, leaving us with a course bread-crumb texture. We fished out the tiny bits of falafel with a slotted spoon and drained them. They looked pretty strange, but still tasted just like a real falafel. That’s when genius stroke a friend who was helping us–falafel pizza. We layered pita bread, freshly made humus, and lastly the falafel bits. We cut it up into slices and dug in. It tasted just like a falafel sandwich, it just looked a bit unconventional.
All in all, a fairly successful day.