Coca de recapte

Bread, pizza, quiches & sandwiches

Pizza wasn’t born in Italy!!!

Special dressing today: Gerry Rafferty and his Baker Street… what a great song! Feeling melancholic? Turn player on ;D

Listen carefully to this: Pizza wasn’t invented by Romans!!! Well, yes, kind of… but where did they find inspiration? Here in Catalonia!!! He, he, I’m true and honest here. This is what I was told when I was at last year’s Alimentaria! Professional cooks and chefs said so… why do I have to put their words in doubt?

Hey Italians… I want to hear your voices!!!! Will you let a catalan say so? :D

The story starts when Romans came over here to colonize… among other things that would make this post too long, they “shared” their culture and civilization with us but they also learned some “small little things” from us, such us: COCA DE RECAPTE. Or, the old 0.1 Pizza version.

Before and after the oven.

In plain words, this is some bread with anything that’s handy and seasonal: veggies, fruits, and fish/meat on top. Instead of making it round, we give it a rectangular shape… no grated cheese on top ;D, but mainly the Coca/Pizza is the same. To make this one I used My garden tomatoes (late ones… took ages to turn ripe), some seasonal sweet grapes, roasted aubergine (eggplant) and red pepper and also salty preserved anchovies…. Mmmmm think about the contrasts!

My first try wasn’t good enough but taught me some tips that I will share with you in this, my 3rd try.

See what I mean? Too large to fit in the oven tray. The dough makes it for 4 rectangular pieces and here you see half the dough. We want to get a thin dough layer, so that it gets crusty. The oven time wasn’t enough (15 to 18 minutes) I had it for nearly 30 minutes and got what I wanted! Oh, and also, this last time I bought the flour and yeast at my street baker’s!!! He is supposed to be the best at it, right?And to the recipe!

In my 3rd try I also brushed some of the leftover dressing on top.

Enjoy it :D

This is my entry for Ben’s I Love Baking monthly Event :D. You have a whole month ahead to send him your baked dishes ;D


Ingredients for 4 servings: There's some ingredients you need to have already prepared in your fridge, such as the roasted peppers and eggplants, also a can of salty anchovies, some white sweet grapes and 2 ripe tomatoes.
For the dough: 250 grs of flour, 60 grs of extra virgin olive oil, 5 grs of salt, 8 grs of yeast, 120 ml of mineral water.

And also: Olive oil, sweet red paprika, salt and black ground pepper.

  • In a big bowl, pour the flour (use a colander to have it loose and without lumps). Make a small hole in the center and pour the yeast, the water, the salt and the 60 grs of olive oil. If you dissolve the yeast in hot water before adding it, will ease the process.
  • Knead the dough well and let it rest at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes. Cover it with a clean kitchen cloth.
  • Get all ingredients ready and sprinkle with flour the space you will use to work with the dough.
  • Preheat oven 190ºC to 200ºC.
  • Use the roller pin to get the shape you want. And prepare a dressing with some olive oil, some paprika and the black ground pepper. I'm giving you no size... just make it to fit your taste. Use the dressing to brush the thin dough and just then, place all ingredients on top.
  • Once decorated, pour a bit of extra virgin olive oil on top and a pinch of salt.
  • Place in the middle rack of your oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes... keep an eye on it!

Leave some for the rest of the family!!!


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10/23/2008 · 11:30 h by Jen of A2eatwrite

That Coca looks delicioso! (Is that a word? Did I spell it right?)

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I still can’t post to my own blog. This is sooooooooo frustrating!

10/23/2008 · 11:33 h by Peter M

I can’t believe it. The world has so many problems and Nuria is going to start World War II over the origins of pizza! lol

This looks like an easy way to assemble a form of pizza but I would hold off on the grapes…that’s just me chica.

10/24/2008 · 7:46 h by Núria

Blogger seems to be modifiying some comments characteristics and following their instructions I checked the embded comments choice at the settings… This hasn’t been working at all… so I’m back to my old settings!!!!


10/24/2008 · 11:04 h by Ivy

Nuria, finally I made it. What’s going on with blogger? The Spanish pizza sounds delicious with the sweet and salty combination of anchovies and grapes. The coca bread also sounds delicious.

10/24/2008 · 12:05 h by Darius T. Williams

I had no idea – thanks for the history lesson. BUT, I must say – this looks great!


10/24/2008 · 12:46 h by Núria

Hola Jen! hOpe everything is ok with your blog by now :D

Coca is femenine so we say deliciosa… but that was a small mistake ;D. Thanks darling♥

What do I hear here Peter, you don’t like grapes? That cannot be possible! No more wars please… ok, let it be Italian, ;D

Yes Ivy… that contrast is fantastic :D. Thanks for trying it back.

Thanks Darius… no matter where it comes from, yes, this one is gooooooood!

10/24/2008 · 13:45 h by Passionate About Baking

Hola…I’m back again & hope the comments thingy works now Nuria. Agree with Peter…LOL, you’re spoiling for a food war dear girl! Live the pizza, & the great shape, the neat rows & the intriguing story behind your post!

10/24/2008 · 23:22 h by Antonio Tahhan

Núria, yo intenté dejar un comentario ayer, pero no pude… q raro, no?
your SPANISH pizza looks great!! I would have never thought to use sweet white grapes, but I bet they go well against the salty anchovies :)

10/25/2008 · 8:40 h by Núria

Hola Deeba! He, he, I don’t really care who has the “copyright” just want to enjoy it and eat it ;D

That’s the purpose Toni!!! That contrast is fantastic :D
Yesterday… blogger was changing something in the comments section… and I got problems all day long!

10/28/2008 · 3:20 h by bren@flanboyanteats

tu puedes creer que leei que los Romanos fueron los que inventaron el flan!! i was like what!! no way…
this is so interesting, Nuria.

10/28/2008 · 19:40 h by glamah16

Thats beautiful. Interesting withthe grapes, but I would giveit a try. Open your minds and taste buds!

10/29/2008 · 4:42 h by [eatingclub] vancouver || js

Love this! So, so yummy! I’ll steer clear of the origin-debate and will just enjoy the yumminess. ;)

11/04/2008 · 12:16 h by kittie

What is with blogger and comments right now – it’s so frustrating!!!

Love your pizza – it is very striking! Interesting post too – lol at Peter’s war comment ;)

07/06/2013 · 20:11 h by paggi pazzo

You have intrigued this Roman’s (or rather son of a Roman’s) ire!!! Ha ha, whether it be true or not, I love Spanish food and these pizza recipe ideas sound fantastic. Can’t wait to try them. Gracias!

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