How to make the perfect pizza
As the name suggests, outdoor pizza ovens produce heat through the burning of firewood logs. There is nothing better the charcoal taste when eating a pizza cooked in an outdoor oven.
It is no secret, wherever you are in the world that a wood-fired pizza oven heats up and cooks meals, especially Pizza, a lot better because of the heat storied in the dense walls.
According to chefs, outdoor ovens is the “environment that a good pizza is made” and in Italy they are one of the most popular ways of cooking.
Usually, the cooking temperature of an outdoor oven will often reach way above 300 degrees, often getting as high as 350 degrees. Like with any food, higher temperatures will cook your food much better, adding to flavours, texture and appearance.
Before you consider cooking a pizza in an outdoor oven you need to know how to make the dough. There will be no pizza without dough and where’s the fun in that?!
The following is supposed to make the best dough. Cooking time will take about 3 hours, but if you really don’t have time then a bread machine will do it in 90 minutes.
- 4 cups (1/2 kg) stone-milled flour (bread flour will work perfectly)
- 1 cup (250 ml) warm water
- 1 ounce (30 g) brewer’s yeast or 2 teaspoons active dry yeast, dissolved in the water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- A pinch of salt
Once this is done you need to shape the dough and chose your toppings. This is a fantastic way to involve the kids and get them creating their own pizzas. All children (and adults) love it!
If you’re after an authentic taste for all different types of food then an outdoor pizza oven is definitely one for you. Starting at roughly £845 for the smaller oven, there is something to suit all needs – whether you want your home to be the next Pizza Hut or Pizza Express!