Everybody loves pizza, though people with wholesome feeding habits may opt for a healthier base, something that’s whole-meal or gluten-free. Beyond that, even vegans can find pizza choices that align with their lifestyle. And baking your own pizza at home adds an element of satisfaction, knowing you ‘cooked’ it from scratch.
But while the joy of pastries may entice you to buy a pizza oven, it’s a lot more versatile than you might realise. Pizza ovens provide a central place for families and friends to gather, making memories over pot roast and barbeque. Let’s look at five tasty recipes you can create using your wood-fired pizza oven, from veggie-filled delights to sweet treats.
Some restaurants use gas heaters for their pizzeria, but when you’re shopping for your home, wood-fired pizza ovens are the best. Depending on your culinary skill, you can knead your own dough or buy ready-made dough from the store. Simply fry up a tasty tomato sauce base, add the toppings of your choice, drizzle the pizza with cheese, and pop it in the oven. Pizzas are generally ready in 10 to 15 minutes, but you can adjust the timing for a crisper finish.
There are different approaches to cake-making. You could buy a packet cake mix, which just requires you to add oil and eggs. Or you could make your own batter – it costs less but takes up more time. The tricky bit of baking a cake in a pizza oven is getting the temperature right. Here at Sydney Heaters and Pizza Ovens, we have a selection of alfresco pizza ovens, so you can control the heat by adding or reducing the number of logs. Use a portable, oven-safe thermometer to help you monitor your cooking temperature more accurately.
Oven-roasted chicken has a certain colour and flavour you can’t get from other types of cookers. Firewood is especially good at giving your chicken a rich golden brown, as well as a slightly smoky flavour. You can enhance this effect by using fruitwood to enrich your dish. Cherry and apple woodwork particularly well, especially if you soak your fruitwood for half an hour first. As for the chicken itself, you can marinate it with lemon, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, honey, and brown sugar. Bake it covered in foil, to ensure it cooks through. Then remove the foil and leave it open so it can get properly browned and crisp. Cooking time depends on how thick your cut is.
The main differences between cake and bread are in the sugar content and mixing process. Cake batter is usually creamed while bread dough is folded and kneaded for a denser result. If you have a bread-maker, put your ingredients in then pour the resulting dough into your bread pan. Your thermometer and a smartphone timer will prevent you from burning the bread.
This is the easiest option – just wash, cut, and drizzle your veggies with olive oil. Roast them for three to five minutes on each side until they’re cooked through.
For pizza ovens that can do all this and more, call Sydney Heaters & Pizza Ovens today on 1300 938 346.