Pizza with a bit of character

The great thing about getting your guests involved with the food at a party is that it’s such fun everyone having a go, and learning about food, and there is no better food for this than pizza. Everyone can make up their own bases, kids love this, and with a selection of  traditional and unusual toppings, some great combinations can be had. This was my brother in law’s favourite, with tuna, olives, sweetcorn, and ahem pineapple. He loved it so all was good. The pizza’s cooked in my wood oven have real character, but you can cook these in an indoor oven too with the oven at maximum temperature and still get great results.

The oven managed to hit the highest I’ve ever taken it, as you can see 550 deg C, on the base of the oven, super hot! You can see on the base of the pizza the lovely mix of polenta, semolina and flour that I use to dust the peel, and stop the dough sticking, a few little burnt bits, but these all add to the taste of these rustic pizza.

I also included my personal favourite, loaded with a couple of different types of salami, and drizzled with chilli oil.  Keep experimenting, enjoy and have fun!

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15 responses to this post.

  1. I love it. Last time I was in Crete my partner’s family made roast pork in just such a wood oven. I swear it was the best meat ever. My granny used to have one of those ovens but it sadly went the way of the dodo some years ago.

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  2. Posted by Rich on April 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    550deg!! How many hours firing was that? Thats an impressive temp!
    How hot was the out side of the oven? Mine stays at about 35 deg…when it’s 400 inside. Love the the photos!

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    • Hi mate, that was a couple of hours, but used my new tool to really get things going, a copper pipe with a flattened end, it helps clear dust out so the air can get to the base of the fire.
      It was just getting warm on the outside, but only just 40 deg or so.
      Cheers
      Marcus

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      • Posted by Rich361 on April 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        That new tool seems to be doing the business then, Always amazes me…550 deg on the inside of the oven and all that stops the heat from escaping is some mineral wool and pop corn concrete!

      • Yeah i’m really chuffed with it, similar to you your hairdryer but a little more strenuous, good thing is though you can get the air in right at the base of the heat.
        Yes they really are doing a good job, i’m really chuffed with this design, it works a treat.
        Cheers
        Marcus

  3. That’s hot!😀. What an incredible looking photo – you do eat well.

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  4. Posted by tuppercooks on April 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    So what’s 553 celsius converted to Farhenheit? Man I have WFO envy!

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  5. Posted by Charlie on April 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Looks divine! I love how the dough bubbles up and gets charred like that, takes me back to pizza in Naples…sigh…

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  6. Massively impressed! Amazing oven & good looking pizza….

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  7. Thanks Mad Dog🙂 it’s a lovely thing to have, but there was no way I could have afforded the pre cast ones, so had to come up with a way to build one quickly and cheaply. I really think that this would be achievable for anyone with a patio, or a small area of garden, and a few days spare.
    Cheers
    Marcus

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  8. Fantastic looking pizza and your oven takes my breath away😉

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