Hemsley + Hemsley - Healthy & Delicious



These cheesy, herby pizzas are made with a homemade base and tomato sauce. 


  • Socca (pizza base)

  • 250g chickpea flour (also known as gram flour)

  • 2 cups of water (400ml)

  • 2 pinches of sea salt and 1 of pinch black pepper

  • 1 large pinch of herbs such as rosemary/thyme/oregano or 1 small pinch of cumin or 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic/garlic powder

  • Coconut oil or ghee for frying

  • Extra virgin Olive Oil

  • Toppings

  • Heritage tomatoes

  • Chioggia beetroot

  • Pesto (Brazil Nut or Kale)

  • Mozzarella and cheddar

  • Tomato Sauce on Pizza (ingredients for 1 pizza)

  • 3 diced garlic cloves

  • 1 tbsp ghee

  • 12 large tomatoes, roughly chopped

  • 2 tsp dried oregano or 1tbsp fresh oregano leaves

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 chilli, finely chopped (Optional)


  • For Base:

  • 1.

    Whisk together the socca ingredients or put it all into your Vitamix and blend as we do.

  • 2.

    Leave to stand for at least 30 minutes at room temperature to allow the chickpea flour to fully absorb the water.

  • 3.

    Grease the bottom of your frying pan with just a touch of butter, coconut oil or ghee and set to a moderately high heat.

  • 4.

    Pour in enough batter to cover the base around ½ a centimetre thick and let the underside cook for around 1 minute - it is ready when it lifts off easily.

  • 5.

    Flip the base over and cook the other side until golden brown. Cook longer for a crisper base. Repeat to make remaining bases.

  • 6.

    Remove and set aside until you are ready to turn it into a socca pizza. Alternatively, pour over some good olive oil and crushed garlic and enjoy as it is.

  • 7.

    Preheat the oven to 200C.

  • 8.

    Make Tomato sauce (recipe below) or use a good-quality passata.

  • 9.

    Put pizza bases on wire rack (for a crispier base) or baking tray and add tomato sauce, or passata, before finishing off with your toppings

  • 10.

    Bake pizzas for 10 minutes - for a margherita give the cheese a quick blast under the grill.

  • 11.

    Drizzle with good extra virgin olive oil and scatter on rocket and herbs.

  • Tomato sauce:

  • 1.

    Gently heat the ghee over a medium heat and fry the garlic for 1 minute.

  • 2.

    Add chopped tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper and chilli.

  • 3.

    Spread over pizza base before adding toppings.

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