Apologies for not posting for so long, but if you remember my last post, you would know that I went to Mexico in between. I had an amazing trip especially because I met up with my sister and my cousin and their husbands as well. It was all good, till the taxi ride from the hotel to the airport… I started getting a bit ill. So I have been recovering from that, so there has been a big gap between my last post and this one.
This recipe is actually what the Italians would call Fairnata, and I believe it originates from their Tuscan region. Before I left for Mexico, I was trying to eat a low carb diet so when I saw this recipe being made on TV, I had to try it for myself. This actually looks like a pizza but it is made with chickpea flour instead, so it has a different taste. I am a little bit embarrassed to admit that I thought, it had no carb content, but it does have some carbs, therefore the title of low carb pizza!! Like a pizza, you choose your toppings and I chose simple things like tomatoes, cheese and olives, but please feel free to make your own combinations!! I did not have pizza dish to bake this in, the one I do have has holes in it, so that is no good as the batter would fall out. The measurements below contains enough for my flat baking tin which is about 15 x 10 inches.
1 cup chickpea flour
½ Tsp salt
3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
¼ Tsp Black pepper
1 Tbsp Oregano
1 ½ cups water
3 Tbsp EVOO
½ Cup Tomato paste
4 Slices Cheese for Pizza (use your favourite)
¼ Cup Sliced Olives
½ Cup Sliced Mushrooms
1 Tbsp finely chopped onion
1 Tbsp finely chopped garlic
In a bowl add the chickpea flour with the salt. Mix in Oregano and black pepper.
Stir in the 1 ½ Tsp EVOO and the Parmesan Cheese.
Slowly add in the water, whisking constantly to form a paste. Beat until smooth.
Let the batter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
Grease your baking tray with the rest of the olive oil and put in the oven to heat up.
Once heated, pour the batter into the baking tray.
Bake for 20 minutes, until it looks golden and crisp and the top is set.
Then take it, and smear with the tomato paste, add the cheese, olives, onions and garlic and bake for a further 10 minutes or until the cheese has bubbled over.
Cut into squares or wedges and serve hot.