09 Oct How to make delicious Pizza in our Garden
It is good fun to make pizza or bread in the wood fired oven outside. You can use the nice fresh herbs from the garden to decorate your pizza or focaccia bread. You can also use this oven for Pot au Feu like Boeuf Bourguinon.
First of all you have to build a fire in the centre of the oven by using 3-4 kilo wood. Starting with some wood sticks and continuing the fire using bigger pieces. You let it smoke/fire for 1-2 hour so the oven becomes hot. As soon as the oven is really hot you move the wood to the sides and make a clean centre to put your pizza’s or bread on. I normally use some flour to put in the middle before you put your pizza on. If your pizza dough is not too thick it will only take 5 min to have a great pizza. I suggest to twist your pizza twice otherwise it could burn especially on the sides where the firing wood lays.
We have several cookbooks in the house how to make pizza dough but in case you found these receipt’s too much hassle, I have a very quick and easy pizza dough receipt which you can prepare in 10 minutes:
- 2 packets (2, 5 tsp) of dry active yeast
- 2 tsp sugar
- ¼ cup of olive oil for bowl and brushing
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 4 cups flour (all purpose) + extra for work surface and oven
Pour 1, 5 cup of warm water in large bowl, sprinkle with yeast and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Whisk sugar, oil and salt into yeast mixture, add flour and stir until it is sticky. Put dough in oily bowl and brush top with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in warm draft free space. Wait until dough has doubled in 1 hour…
Step 3 Turn dough onto lightly floured work surface and gently knead before using.
Homemade tomato sauce: 8 big tomatoes in small pieces with salt and pepper oil & bit of red wine vinegar. Do not make the sauce too wet otherwise the dough will not be crispy.
Pizza’s need Mozzarella which is good melt cheese and parmesan. In case you cannot find this cheese you use bit of gruyere/emmenthaler to give it a French twist.
Herbs in the garden you can find next to the terrace like rosemary, oregano, thyme and the rest of toppings is up to your own taste. Good luck and bon appetite!