Socca Bread is a popular street food in Nice France. In Italy this bread is known as Farinata. The recipe is basically the same on any website you pick. For the most part it’s half chickpea flour and 1/2 warm water with a little salt, pepper and olive oil. The batter needs at the very least one half hour to sit out. But some people make the batter a day in advance but pull out the batter to warm at room temperature. Most people bake the batter in a preheated cast iron pan and then broil the top to brown. I don’t have a cast iron so I just used a 10 inch pot and sprayed it with non-stick spray because I almost never use anything nonstick. You can make your Socca Bread plain or add tomatoes or peppers and onions like I did. I know that chickpeas are delicious with these spices so I topped my Socca bread with a pinch of sumac, pinch of za’tar, 3 pinches of urfa pepper (it’s really delicious you need to buy some) and Persian blue salt (maybe the most delicious salt I’ve ever tasted). This is really very easy for anyone to prepare and can be done without a cast iron pan. Use any pan and if you happen to have a pizza stone place your pan on the pizza stone for extra heating. The only thing I would have done different was to cook my peppers less so I could brown the top some.
1 cup chickpea flour
1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon course sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus a little extra to drizzle on the top
non stick spray (if you don’t have cast iron pan or two tablespoons more olive oil if you are using cast iron.
Set oven to 450 degrees F and put pizza stone in oven if you are using a pan that isn’t cast iron.
In a medium bowl mix together the chickpea flour, water, salt, pepper, and two Tablespoons olive oil. Let sit at least one half hour.
Put your 10 inch pot or fry pan sprayed with non-stick spray on a pizza stone in your 450 degree F oven for about ten minutes to heat up. Then carefully remove from oven. Add chickpea batter. Put back in oven about 15 minutes. Broil if desired. You really want a little brown on the top.
Top and season as desired.
Lighter and healthier than a pizza…you might want to give it a try!