Socca Bread

My life changed a little bit when I discovered socca bread. I'm not talking ground breaking changes but within my diet, I am talking quite a significant change. A few years ago I cut back quite substantially on white bread, rice, pasta and potatoes and it made a much bigger difference to my health than I could've imagined (no bloated feeling, no 3pm pick me up needed, my lifetime nasal congestion cleared and lots more besides). I was amazed at how little I missed pasta, rice and potatoes at mealtime (I come to realise that all the flavours came from elsewhere and these were not required). However, I could never find a healthy tasty substitute for bread and so found myself buying more bread than I wanted to (still avoiding white though). I tried bread made with buckwheat flour and didn't get on well with it. And then I discovered socca bread.

Socca bread is the easiest thing in the world to make. The only thing you need to remember is to let the mixture sit for half an hour so that the flour absorbs the water (if you were in a mega hurry you could probably get away with making them straight away). I usually find that by the time I have prepared the rest of my meal, these are ready for the pan (and only take a few minutes on each side). The basic recipe is quite simple and then you can add what you want after that:

Serves 4

2 cups of chickpea flour (also known as gram flour)
2 cups of water
2 pinches of sea salt and 1 pinch black pepper
1 large pinch of herbs (rosemary/thyme/oregano), or 1 tbsp crushed garlic

Whisk all the ingredients together and let it sit for 30 minutes. Grease your pan with butter or coconut oil at medium to high heat and pour 1/4 of the mixture into the pan for each person. Flip it over once it has browned to cook the other side.

They resemble a pancake but are thicker (you could make thin ones if you wanted). I cut them in quarters and have them with many dishes; stir fry, curries, salads, soup etc. I also use these as the base for my healthy home made pizzas (making sure they are extra crispy). And if I fancy a lunchtime wrap, this is what I use (thinner ones are better for this purpose). You can add whatever herbs you like, I tend to just use a pinch of mixed herbs. And if I am making them as a snack on their own, I add garlic for extra flavour.

Easy, versatile and very tasty!

lifestyle, foodBy Regina Turk