Broad Bean and Almond Hummus and Smoked Aubergine Dip

For the broad bean and almond hummus

400g broad beans, peeled
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 clove garlic, puréed
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint
60-75ml olive oil
Salt and white pepper

For the aubergine dip

2 medium aubergines
60ml tahini
60ml lemon juice
2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil, optional
100g crème fraiche

For the almond butter, in an oven at 180°C, roast 300g of whole almonds for 10 minutes, allow to cool then in a food processor blitz for around 10 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrap the sides, until a creamy consistency.

Scoop into a container reserving around 2 tbsp in the processor.

The butter can be kept in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Add all the remaining ingredients and blitz till smooth. More olive oil can be added if too thick. Season to taste.

For the aubergine dip, char the aubergines over a flame on the hob, then roast the aubergines in an oven for 45-50 minutes at 170°C. Allow them to cool for about 10- 15 minutes in a ziplock bag.

Remove the skin and transfer the flesh into a blender.

Blitz with the crème fraiche, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and cumin until smooth. Season with the salt and black pepper, then transfer to your serving dish. Chill the dip in the fridge- it tastes just as good if not better the next day.

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