Friday, June 24, 2005

Barbari bread

Hatam's, a Persian grocery and cafe on 'B' Street in San Rafael, is an amazing trove of 'cool finds'. One is the Barbari bread.

Oblong and slightly raised yeastbread, it has a rustic ridged look, and the ridges hold up delicious toppings!

One such topping can be made by mixing some "French" feta cheese (available in cut-to-order freshly made blocks in the deli section) with Greek Sour Cherry Preserves.

Unlike Balkan varieties made with a mixture of milks, French feta is made exclusively with sheep's milk, and has a creamier taste and finer texture. A wonderful pairing with some tea, or as a light lunch if you top some of the Barbari bread with hummus.

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