Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Socca and Socks

Not being able to eat gluten has meant that I have been experimenting with all sorts of different flours.  Today I made socca, also known as farinata.   I have eaten it several times in cafes but never tried making it.  It is a type of flatbread that can be eaten as it is with a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt  for example, or as a type of 'pizza' base.  It is really easy to make with 4 basic ingredients, then you can add whatever you like to the basic mix, garlic, herbs or spices.  It can have an Italian feel to it with basil, thyme etc. or an indian flatbread vibe with cumin, coriander etc.  Go mad, try all the different herbs and spices and see which is your favourite.... or leave it plain.

The  basic recipe I used for the socca is 1 cup of chickpea (gram) flour, 1 cup of warm water, 1 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive, sea salt,  I then added  1\2 tsp of cumin to give it a lovely 'warm' kick.  Mix it all together getting rid of any lumps and then leave to sit for a couple of hours or longer.  If you do not have the American cups, use a mug, it is basically 1 large mug of flour to 1 large mug of water.

In the mean time I thinly sliced some onions and bell peppers let them slowly soften in a frying pan with the lid on.  I added some chilli for a kick.

The thin base crumbled a bit getting it out of the tin.

Heat the oven to 200c.  If you have a cast iron pan that would be ideal, I used a couple of sandwich  cake tins to make two thin bases.   Heat the tins in the oven, pour a glug (I sound like Jamie Oliver) of olive oil in the pans making sure they are well coated, and pour in the mixture.  Spread the onion and pepper mix on top and cook in the oven for 10 to 15 mins until set and slightly browned. If you are making thin crispier bases  they can be a bit difficult to get out of the pan and may crumble a little but taste delicious.  You can add any topping you like, they could be different every time!

I then experimented by putting all the mixture into one large cake tin so that it was a deeper thickness. Again I put a bit of cumin in the mix.  Heated the tin under the GRILL this time until it was hot, added the olive oil to coat the tin and poured in the mix.  After about 10 mins under the grill with the tray on the lowest setting so it didn't burn before it was cooked through, it was firm and browning slightly. I used a loose bottomed cake tin this time so it made it easier to get the socca out.  I may invest in a cast iron pan as I intend to make this again and again.  Serve warm.   I ate this with some rocket, sea salt and a dribble of virgin olive oil.  Very easy, very flexible, oven or grill,  lovely jubbly :)

..... and the socks.  I have at last finished my first pair of knitted socks.  It's only taken years!

Thank you for all your comments and tips about insomnia.  There seems to be an awful lot of us out there!

Chickpea xx


  1. Socca looks interesting I haven't come across it before.
    Your socks looks fab and cosy, such even knitting as well :-)

  2. Ohhh I think I will try and make this next Thursday. I have a gap in my menu plan. excellent

  3. oh great recipe, never heard of it before, will give it a go. and I love the socks.

  4. Another one here who hasn't heard of Socca, it looks like my kind of food though. Love the socks! X

  5. Well done on the socks! woohoo

    Grub looks good as well x

  6. I like socca too, so easy to make, and to scoff!

  7. Your socca looks wonderful. I tried making some a few months ago and it didn't turn out. I'll have to give your recipe a try.

  8. Those socks are superb - so professional looking. Never heard of socca until today but it sounds a great alternative. When I had a phase of not eating wheat some years ago, I ate HUGE amounts of fried polenta but never discovered socca. I may give it a go if I see it anywhere....xx

  9. hi
    what a great recipe!!!
    love your socks!!!!

  10. Thanks everyone, pretty pleased with my first socks.

  11. Well done on the socks They look very colourful. xx

  12. Your socks are great. I love my cast iron pots so I can recommend investing in them for all sorts of things. xx

  13. Thanks for commenting on my blog, C.C.

    My people (they came from about thirty kilometers east of Genoa) call it fainâ. They brought it to Argentina, where it is often eaten on pizza.

    Have you ever played around with tapioca flour? Brazilian pão de queijo is one of my favorite baked goods.


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