On this post, I’ll briefly run through how we made our Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Pizza in our Ooni 3 Portable, Woodfired outdoor Pizza oven.
I think it was last year, my wife asked for a Pizza oven for her birthday, which I thought was a strange thing to ask for. I’d never really thought that a stand alone oven would be able to knock out good quality pizzas. To be honest, probably a huge unpopular opinion, I’m not really a fan of Pizza, it doesn’t really do it for me (Bex & Ped love Pizza, so will hate me admitting that). The store bought ones are not something I’d put in my basket and whenever we order a takeaway from the usual chains, I have two slices and it becomes too sickly.
Our first attempt…
Our first attempt of using the pizza oven was OK…we’d got it out for a small family gathering and between making the pizzas from scratch, hosting, cooking and drinking…it all got away from me. This time round, with a bit more focus and time on my hands, the pizzas came out really well.
I pretty much followed an online video to make the whole pizza, from making the dough to cooking the pizza. We did make 4 in total, 2 in the Pizza oven and then two later we put in the oven in the kitchen. The difference in quality is frightening.
To make the dough:
- 500g of Bread Flour
- 7g yeast
- 325ml of warm water
- Pinch of Salt
How to Make Perfect Pizza | Gennaro Contaldo
To be honest, I pretty much followed the link above from start to finish, he does a much better job of explaining and would be far more engaging than I ever would, especially when talking about woodfired Pizza. We made the dough into four pieces and then let this prove for 2 hours with a damp cloth over the top.
Once the two hours were up, we rolled these out into the classic Pizza base shape – the Circle.
Ingredients for the woodfired oven pizza:
- Cheddar or Parmesan
- Basil Leaves
We spooned on Passata mixed with crushed Garlic onto the Pizza base. Sprinkled on some grated cheddar cheese and broke up the mozzarella. We broke up the basil leaves to release the flavour and placed these on top, followed by a drizzle of olive oil.
Fired up the Pizza oven in the back garden, brought this up to temperature and we were ready. The pizza cooks in a very short time, turning it a couple of times to ensure an even cook. We were really pleased with the outcome this time round.
What did you think?
I think our Pizza oven is one of the more basic products. This still produces really good quality Pizza. It’s the Ooni 3, but I’m sure there are newer, more expensive versions out now. I’ll be making a video and blog about the Pizza Oven soon. But though I’d make this post all about the Pizza – for all you pizza lovers.
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