Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sun-dried Tomato, Basil, and Garlic Chickpea Farinata

This is sort of the power bar of bread.  I have written about farinata before, but since then, have experimented more with different flavors, as well as the consistency and how thick to make it.  This is my favorite new version so far - it's not quite as thick and bakes up in just 15 minutes, and it's loaded with the wonderful flavors of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and Italian herbs.  I have used it as a pizza crust, pan-fried it with melted Daiya cheese on top, and eaten it warm from the oven.  But I also find it to be a fantastic snack to bring along with me to munch, as it's full of protein, low in fat, and totally delicious.  The best thing about this recipe is that it is totally adaptable to whatever flavors you feel like in that moment.  Just start with the 1:1 ratio of chickpea flour to water and then add whatever else your heart desires.  I have yet to try a sweet version of this bread (although that is coming soon - I am thinking about a chocolate chip and berry jam swirl?), but so far, every savory combination I've tried has been fantastic.  It's great with cumin, but this recipe is proof positive that it meshes with Italian spices and herbs as well.  So while I definitely recommend trying out this particular combination of flavors, you can just add whatever happens to sound the most delicious to you in the moment.

Sun-dried Tomato, Basil, and Garlic Chickpea Farinata
Makes a 9-inch round pan

1 cup chickpea flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1 tsp. crushed oregano
1 tsp. crushed basil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Spray a 9-inch round non-stick pan with cooking spray.

In a bowl, combine the chickpea flour and water and mix well to get rid of any lumps.  Add the other ingredients and mix well.  Pour into the pan and spread evenly.

Bake for 15 - 18 minutes, or just until slightly golden brown on top and the sides start to pull away from the edges of the pan.  Remove from oven and slice to serve immediately.  Store slices in the fridge for up to a week for snacking.

Serving suggestions:  
-Serve plain and warm
-Toast slices on a skillet and melt some cheese (or "cheese") on top
-Use as a base for pizza
-Slice into bars and wedges and pack for a snack on-the-go


Meg said...

This looks delicious!!!

Claire Berman said...

Thanks, Meg! I hope you'll try it out :) So easy and delicious!

Take care,

Lisa said...

Thank you for the suggested flavor combination. I loved it when I tried it!

Kimberly said...

Ben & I make a pretty awesome goat cheese and fresh vegetable pizza. This sounds like it would make an amazing crust for our pizza!

Kimberly said...

Okay, the above is Kimberly Schlarman :)