Monday, 9 January 2012

chickpea pizza crust with feta and broccoli

happy new year lovely blog readers!

today i want to share with you a recipe that i've used 5 times in the last 2 weeks... it's quick, easy, cheap and very versatile.

chickpea pizza crust is incredible! and once you try it you won't want to eat standard pizza crust any more, because this is far healthier and far tastier (in my humble opinion). it kind of comes from the idea of socca, using gram flour (chickpea/besan flour) instead of regular wheat or grain flour.

the first time i made it was with jonny when we were filming 101 things to do when you're bored (it's number 71!) - i'd had it on my to-do list for ages, and realised that the ingredients were all cheap pantry staples, that it wouldn't matter about using if it went totally wrong. thankfully, it didn't. in fact it went SO well that we made a second batch immediately... and then again the day after.

it looks as good as it tastes i think!



chickpea pizza crust
inspired by the socca crust from nourishing flourishing

1 cup chickpea flour (gram/besan flour)
1/2 - 1 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried rosemary (or other italian herbs)

1. combine the above ingredients in a jug or bowl, and whisk with a fork until smooth. add enough water to get the consistency of double cream - it should be pourable, but not runny.
2. heat up a nonstick pan (i use a pancake pan) to a medium temperature.
3. pour half the batter into the pan, and cook until set.
4. flip it over and cook for another few minutes until golden.
5. place on a cooling rack, and repeat with the rest of the batter.
6. let cool on a rack whilst you make your toppings. this enables the crust to firm up and ensures it doesn't get soggy.

 for the topping:

- spread over a thin layer of pesto, tomato paste or homemade tomato sauce. then cover with your favorite veggies, some black pepper and a little cheese. bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. serve with steamed broccoli or some other green vegetables.

if you don't fall in love with this recipe and want to make it every single day, i will be surprised! i've made it with all sorts of toppings, and the base always tastes crispy, can be eaten in slices with fingers, and supports a good quantity of topping. i've even made a fiorentina with an egg in the middle... yum!

currently listening to: this isn't everything you are by snow patrol

4 comments:

  1. Comments previously added via IntenseDebate:

    robyn: Wow this sounds absolutely amazing I can't wait to try it. I love making my own pizza bases, but as it's a dough it can get pretty messy (and unhealthy), this sounds so much easier and better :)

    keephealthstyle: Oh I love socca pizzas! I haven't had one in way too long. I also like making them to use as wraps using chopped fresh herbs in the batter. So good!

    tamzin: Yummy! I'm so gonna give this a try x x

    maja: i'm intrigued! But chickpea flour isn't easily available where i live, but raw chickpea is. Would this recipe still work if i made my own flour by grinding dry chickpea in coffee grinder?
    thanks!

    celeryandcupcakes: Chick pea flour makes the best pizza base!

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  2. Oh this looks lovely and I've been looking for things to make with chickpea flour after I accidentally bought 4 packets of it...

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  3. Hello you!
    I follow you on Youtube and was just googeling for a besan pizza, and hey p(r)esto! There you where!
    It is a small world after all....very strange.

    Take care Mrs Newlywed :)

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  4. Oh wow - I need to make this!! Need to find some chickpea flour...

    Beth // SansSouci

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