How to Make Pizza in a Wood-Fired Oven
Updated: Oct 8, 2018
Wood fired pizza is one of the most popular meals and has been for centuries. Whether you are dining out at your favourite wood-fired pizza restaurant in Melbourne or eating at home, the taste of wood-fired pizza is something you just can’t create without a wood-fired oven. Pizzas are the most common wood fired food no doubt, but when it comes to wood firing food, pizza is just the beginning. If you're considering purchasing a wood-fired oven, or you have one already, and you're after the perfect recipe for making a pizza - here's our tips!
Generally you'll need about 3 hours to make a good dough. That includes, of course, all the setting time. Here's a quick recipe:
4 cups stone-milled flour
1 cup warm water
30 g brewer's yeast or 2 teaspoons active dry yeast, dissolved in the water
1 tablespoon olive oil
A pinch of salt
Put the flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Add the salt and olive oil. Mix in your water-yeast mix, and knead the dough until its smooth. You can use a dough mixer if you have one, but hand is also good. Shape the dough into a ball after about 10 minutes. Put it aside for 2 hours (or until it doubles in size). Then punch it flat, knead it slightly and divide it into 4 even pieces. Put those pieces onto a floured board, leave them to sit for another hour (cover them with a tea-towel or some glad wrap.
While this part of the process is happening, turn on your oven to 350C. This will usually take anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours.
Heating The Oven
You'll know the oven is hot enough when a white patch appears at the top (rather than soot). You can keep the oven hot by adding a stick of hardwood, or similar, every 10 minutes or so. If you want, invest in a thermometre. Or just use your hand - don't touch it! But if you can hold your hand for longer than 2 seconds, 3 inches above the oven floor - it's not hot enough!
Once the last hour is up for your dough, use your fingers to spread it out into a circle large enough for your pizza. The size is up to you. Work your magic, try flipping it if you want, or just use your fingers to spread it to around 12 inches diametre. Then add your topics. Pick a great sauce and add whatever you want!
Put your pizza in the oven - and after about 30-40 seconds the crust will start to puff up and cook. Rotate it 180 degrees, and put it back down in the same spot (if you move it somewhere else in the oven it might burn). It will basically take 60-90 seconds total for your pizza to cook ...
THEN YOU GET TO EAT! Slice it, and enjoy!
At Woodfired Kitchen Glen Iris, we use the traditional method to cook our pizza style flatbread in the Woodfired oven. Our ingredients have been developed specially to suit our cuisine and combine both pizza base and flatbread in one - so you can enjoy the best crust and most delicious flavours in a woodfired flatbread. Come and taste it for yourself!