Farinata, italian chickpeas focaccia

Alternative and healthy bread, very good focaccia, especially for those who are gluten intolerant or have problem to digest yeast, because it has none!! This is another Italian recipe, typical from Liguria, but also in other areas of Piemonte, (both region are in north Italy).

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Time: 30 min – 1 hours preparation

Ingredients: 

  • 250 gr chickpeas flour
  • 700 ml water
  • 1 stick fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 glass extravergin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

1.In bowl filled with 700 ml water (room temperature) with the help of a whisk slowly pour the chickpeas flour and keep stiring till every lump is dissolved. Add a stick of fresh rosemary. Let the mix rest for at least 1 hour.

2.Preheat your oven, very high temperature 220º/ 428 f.

3.Always stiring with a whisk, add half glass of olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper. I also cut in small pieces the rosemary. Don’t worry, the mixture has to be very liquid, you did nothing wrong.

4.In a lasagna tray or other quite large baking tray covered with waxed paper ( so it would be easier to remove the focaccia later) pour the liquid mixing.

5. Cook for 25 min at 220º, until it become crispy and golden-brown on the top. If it is not there yet, put your oven in ‘grill mode’ only from the up side, for other 5 minutes.

Traditionally, some extra salt and pepper are grained on the top of it, while it is still warm, but I don’t find healthy and necessary, it is already very very tasty.

Buon appetito!

 

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Yogurt Cake ~ Recipe

yogurt_cakeI originally saw this recipe in one of Bendetta Parodi tv show, but I realized that I changed it during the years, to suit me better. This is one of those cake that all kids like. Very simple, but very soft and tasty, perfect for breakfast.  My husband love to cut the slice in half and put some jam in it. You can fill it also with some Nutella, but definitely it won’t be healthy anymore…^-^””

Another advantage: we don’t have to divided yolk from white albumen. It take 7 minutes to make the mix and no butter!! Buona colazione! ( have a nice breakfast!). You can use the same yogurt container as measurement cups. Always happy when I have less dishes to wash :D

Time:  7 + 35-40 min cooking

Ingredients:  for 26 cm round baking

  • 250 gr plain yogurt  ( 2 yogurt tub)
  • 300 gr white flour ( or 3 tub)
  • 3 eggs
  • 220 gr sugar (1 ½ tub)
  • ½ tub vegetable oil or olive oil ( around 4 tbs)
  • 1 bag vanilla flavored baking powder ( 13 gr ~ 1 full teaspoon)

1. In a bowl mix yogurt with 3 eggs and mix with a whisk.

2. Add sugar, stir till it is incorporated.

3.Add flour, oil, baking powder for dessert. You don’t need to sift it. Put the mix in a 26 cm round baking pan covered with baking sheet (so you won’t need extra butter and extra cleaning :).

Cook for 35-40 min for 180° static oven. Check with a toothpick if it is ready: stick it inside in the middle, if it is wet, it needs some extra minutes. Spread some powdered sugar on top of it, when it is fully cooled down.