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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Today will be a new adventure in alternative bread making: Socca.
Thought to have originated in Nice, Socca is a thin, crepe-like pan bread made with Besan, or Chick Pea flour.
Ingredients: 1 cup chickpea flour 1 cup water 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the pan 1/2 teaspoon salt dash of pepper (You can also add spices and seasonings here, but for my first attempt I am going to keep it classic.) The recipe is ridiculously simple. I found many recipes out there, and they are basically all the same: Mix equal portions of flour and water, a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and seasonings. Let sit 1/2- 2 hours before cooking. Baking alternatives include: in the oven under the broiler, on the stovetop using cast iron griddle or pan, or non-stick pan. Today I am opting for the stovetop cast iron combo. This strikes me as VERY similar to making corn tortillas, in terms of just basically adding water to the flour and letting it rest before cooking. My mixture is resting now. Mixture rested, time to cook! These turned out like crepes- but chickpea flour has a very distinctive bite to it, and I thing to fully enjoy them, that "beanyness" really needs to be balanced with whatever is used for the filling. These ideally should also be served as they are cooked, because for me they lost their pliability if left to cool and then re-heated. Something different to try, I would recommend making a small test batch to see if you like the flavours, and play with your fillings/pairings!
My love of food, cooking and baking has been enhanced by working in numerous restaurants over the years- the job I put up with in order to support my acting habit. A lot of great things came out of my time in the trenches, and I remain inspired to discover new palate pleasers, especially now that Gluten has been banished from our menu!!
I am also a mom, an actor and an artist, sharing my Toronto home with my husband, our 3 children, and our puppy, Lucy.