Favorite Things - Pizza Edition

One of the best purchases we have ever made is the outdoor pizza oven that burns wood pellets and makes pizza so fast. The Uuni 3 reaches temperatures of 932ºF in just 10 minutes capable of cooking restaurant-quality pizza in just 60 seconds.

It’s the Ooni 3 Portable Wood Pellet Pizza Oven and it has become a weekly tradition unless the weather is just too much. We do keep it under cover and have had it now over a year. One of the best gifts I’ve given my husband - and that’s saying a lot!

The Uuni uses wood pellets and the variety of different wood types that you can buy allow users to change flavors that are infused in the pizzas and other foods you can cook. You can also use a cast iron pan inside the oven to roast vegetables and even steak or other meats.

Lastly - we learned how to make our own pizza dough and pizza sauce. We tried the other kits, and quick fixes but honestly none of it as good as the recipes we finally figured out after some experimenting.

But to tell the truth the flour and the tomatoes make a difference. So I’m giving you my recommendation on the flour but we buy the bulk - so I’m giving you both links. You’ll just have to trust me ‘00’ flour is a deal breaker for me. Tomatoes make all the difference too. Make sure you read to the end - you’ll want the pizza dough recipe.

Classic Pizza Dough

Flour, salt, water and yeast – what do these simple ingredients have in common? They come together to create the perfect foundation for any good pizza!

This recipe is an excerpt from our new cookbook, Ooni: Cooking with Fire, and the go-to pizza dough recipe followed by Ooni CEO and pizza obsessive, Kristian Tapaninaho. “Dough is really important. It’s the base of any good pizza – in every sense,” he says. “I’ve gone through many, many dough recipes over the years and this is the one I currently find myself using the most. Behold, Ooni’s canonical pizza dough recipe.”

Makes 5 x 12in (30cm) pizzas - equivalent to 5 x 5½oz (160g) dough balls
Makes 3 x 16in (40cm) pizzas - equivalent to 3 x 9½ oz (270g) dough balls

1¼ cups (300ml) cold water
2 tsp (10g) salt
¼oz (7g) fresh yeast (if unavailable, use ½ tsp (3g) active dried yeast or ⅓ tsp (2g) instant dried yeast)
4½ cups (500g) “00” flour, plus extra for dusting

Place two-thirds of the water in a large bowl. In a saucepan or microwave, bring the other third of water to boil, then add it to the cold water in the bowl. This creates the correct temperature for activating yeast. Whisk the salt and yeast into the warm water.

If mixing by hand:
Place the flour in a large bowl and pour the yeast mixture into it. Stir with a wooden spoon until a dough starts to form. Continue mixing by hand until the dough comes together in a ball. Turn it onto a lightly floured surface and knead with both hands for about 10 minutes, until it is firm and stretchy. Return the dough to the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours.

If using a mixer:
Fit the mixer with the dough hook and place the flour in the mixer bowl. Turn the machine on at a low speed and gradually add the yeast mixture to the flour. Once combined, leave the dough to keep mixing to at the same speed for 5-10 minutes, or until the dough is firm and stretchy. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours.

When the dough has roughly doubled in size, divide it into 3 or 5 equal pieces, depending on what size you want your pizzas to be (either 12 inches or 16 inches wide). Place each piece of dough in a separate bowl or tray, cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise for another 20 minutes, or until doubled in size.

It’s also possible to cold-prove your dough, a technique that allows the yeast to work on the sugars in the flour for longer, thus helping the dough to develop a deeper flavor. To do this, use half the amount of yeast listed in the ingredients, and leave the dough to rise in the fridge for 24-72 hours – basically, until the day you need it. Divide the dough and cover it as described in the main recipe, then set aside (not in the fridge) for at least 5 hours, until it is up to room temperature.

Kneading and stretching the dough:
Our top tip is always to start with a perfectly rounded ball of dough as this helps to keep the shape of the pizza base circular during the stretching process. Place the ball on a lightly floured surface, flour your hands and use your fingertips to press the dough into a small, flat disc. Working from the center, push the dough outwards while spreading  your fingers, making the disc slightly bigger. Pick up the dough and gently pinch it all around the edge, allowing gravity to pull it downwards into a 12-inch (30cm) circle. Neapolitan-style pizza bases are very thin, so you should be able to see through the base when you hold it up to the light. Take care when doing this – you don’t want it to tear.

Once the dough is fully stretched, lightly flour your pizza peel and lay the base on it. If at this point you see any small holes in the dough, gently pinch them back together. Once you’re happy with the base, add your toppings and bake in your Ooni 3Ooni Koda or Ooni Pro as indicated in your chosen recipe.

This recipe originally appeared here - https://ooni.com/blogs/recipes/classic-pizza-dough-how-to-make-it-perfect

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