Socca Pizza

This recipe is inspired by the Hemsley sisters and is a fuss free, gluten free healthy pizza option. If you cook extra socca bases you can use as a tortilla wrap, or add garlic, onion and chilli to the base mixture and enjoy with just a drizzle of olive oil

Socca (pizza base) 2 cups of chickpea flour (also known as gram flour) 2 cups of water 2 pinches of sea salt and 1 of pinch black pepper 1 large pinch of herbs such as rosemary/thyme/oregano or 1 small pinch of cumin or 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic/garlic powder

Desired Pizza toppings

-suggestions include tomato, mozzarella and basil

-eggplant, miso, sweet potato and sage

-anchovies, zucchini, maple drizzled carrot strips -fresh herbs to top Base - Whisk together the socca ingredients or blend in thermomix/blender - Leave to stand for at least 30 minutes at room temperature to allow the chickpea flour to fully absorb the water.

{Optional add 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or whey, cover and leave overnight or 24 hours for a fermented base. This will enhance digestibility and probiotic power} - Grease the bottom of your frying pan with coconut oil or ghee and set to a moderately high heat. - Pour in enough batter to cover the base around ½ a centimetre thick and let the underside cook for around 1 minute - it is ready when it lifts off easily. - Flip the base over and cook the other side until golden brown. Cook longer for a crisper base. - Remove and set aside until you are ready to turn it into a socca pizza. Alternatively, pour over some good olive oil and crushed garlic and enjoy as it is.

Pizza - Preheat the oven to 200C. - Put your pizza bases/socca onto a pizza stone(for a crispy base) or a baking tray then add chosen toppings, leaving the cheese until last. - Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 200C, with a blast under the grill for the final 2 minutes to give the cheese a golden crust. - Drizzle with good olive oil, scatter on some rocket or fresh herbs and serve with a green crunchy salad.

Image credit Hemsley & Hemsley © Nick Hopper

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