To make the hummus, first drain the chickpeas, reserving a little of the liquid. Put the beans and liquid in a food processor and process, gradually adding the reserved liquid and lemon juice. Blend well after each addition until smooth.
Stir in the tahini (sesame seed paste) and all but one teaspoon of olive oil. Add the garlic, season to taste and blend again until smooth.
Spoon the hummus into a serving dish and smooth the top. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the top, garnish with chopped cilantro and olives. Set aside in the refrigerator to chill while you are preparing the toasts.
Place the slices of the ciabatta (Italian bread) on a broiler rack in a single layer. Mix the garlic, cilantro and olive oil together and drizzle over bread slices. Cook under a hot grill (broiler), turning once, for about 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Serve the toasts immediately with the hummus.
COOK'S TIP: Make the hummus one day in advance, and chill, covered in the refrigerator until required. Garnish and serve.
PREPRATION TIME: 23 minutes
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