So I know this is a totally drawn out ode to chickpea flour, but bear with me because I have one more reason to go get yourself a bag of chickpea flour and make some socca.
It is a piece of cake to make. For real. Easy peasy. Even the most inexperienced of chefs can give this a whirl.
No fancy equipment or complicated directions required. You simply mix the flour and liquid (water, almond milk, whatever you want) in a 1:1 ratio, spice it up, and then cook it like a pancake. The whole process takes maybe 10 minutes. Done and done.
So you get the point, right? I love chickpea flour like it’s my unborn child. But why I am professing my love now? Well, because now I realize that I can also use it to make this:
To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. I just assumed that if I could use chickpea flour to make something like pancakes, then I could probably use it to make something like bread (or pie).
The baking gods must have been smiling down on me that day because it turned out pretty great. And let’s be honest, the baking gods don’t smile down on me very often.
For this pie, I spiced it up with lemon and basil. But I’ll break it down into the ingredients for the basic pie and then the ingredients for the spiced up version.
Basic Chickpea Pie (vegan, gluten-free)
1 C. chickpea flour [garbanzo bean flour]
2 T. coarsely ground flax seeds (or flax meal)
1 t. freshly ground sea salt
1 t. freshly ground pepper
1 t. baking powder
1 1/4 C. warm water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Pour the mixture into a lightly greased pie pan (or round baking dish). Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until the center is firm to the touch.
So there’s your basic recipe. Now for the fun part.
Lemon Basil Chickpea Pie [with quinoa]
all ingredients for the basic chickpea pie
1 C. cooked quinoa
2 T. nutritional yeast
1/3 C. chopped orange pepper
a few handfuls chopped spinach
3 leaves basil (finely chopped)
1 t. Italian seasoning
2 T. fresh lemon juice
Follow the same directions listed above for all ingredients.