Farinata di ceci

Chickpea “farinata”
Farinata di ceci (Img: Provincia di Savona)

Ingredients:

  • Water 900 ml
  • Chickpea flour 300g
  • Extra virgin olive oil 50 g
  • 10 g salt

Preparation:
To prepare Farinata, put in a bowl the chickpea flour and created the classic form of a fountain; then pour in the middle, a bit 'at a time, water. Mix everything well, being careful not to form lumps, until the mixture is liquid and homogenous. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest the mixture out of the fridge from 4-5 hours up to 10 hours, mixing occasionally. After this time, you will notice the foam on the surface: remove it with a slotted spoon and stir.
Add to mixture 50 g. of oil and salt and mix again.
Grease 3 baking trays of 32 cm in diameter with the remaining amount of oil (the tradition provides for copper or aluminum pans, but you can also use a simple non-stick pan), and with a ladle put  the mixture of chickpeas. Equalize the thickness with the aid of a fork to ensure an homogeneous  cooking, then bake in oven preheated to 250° and cook in the lower part of the furnace, in contact with the bottom, for the first 10 minutes. If the oven used is  ventilated hold it only 7-8 minutes at a temperature of 220° and then proceed normally. After this time, move the pan on top of the oven and cook for another 10-15 minutes depending on your oven, until the porridge does not result in a nice golden brown colour. Add pepper if needed.

Recipe courtesy of Istituto Migliorini Finale Ligure.