Pizza and Garlic Bread in our New Oven!

Posted By Stephen

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Last week our oven broke, which led to us using Kerri’s mum’s oven, which broke in a different way, which led to disastrous results. This week we had a new oven installed. The most interesting thing about it was that it goes up to 270C! This meant that we had to try pizza in it, because our old oven with its rather rubbish temperatures just wasn’t hot enough to make reasonable pizza.

To save time, last night we made our usual pizza dough, and then after it had done its fifteen minutes rising, we put it into the fridge overnight. This evening we looked in the fridge and the two neat balls of dough had risen further while resting in the fridge and had joined together. We were worried we had ruined the dough, but we made two new balls out of it and put them in a warm place for a while where they plumped up again.

Of course the next thing to do was to turn the oven up to 270 and wait for it to heat up. While we did this, we made our tomato sauce out of San Marzano tomatoes as per the link for the pizza dough above. We also had some Laverstoke Park Farm British buffalo mozzarella (yes!), a few really spicy olives, some leftover rosemary-scented ham and some roasted red peppers. All this went on; the peppers and olives in an orderly fashion followed by the ham and mozzarella in a rather random fashion. Which was fine since the pizza had turned out into a rather mis-shapen square anyway.

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We also made some garlic bread, since the dough recipe makes enough for two pizzas. Both were really really good. Nice and thin and crispy with really crunchy crusts. We put it down to a combination of getting the dough right and having it rise till it was nice and light, combined with the higher temperature of our new oven. It’s still not as high as a proper pizza oven, but it did a good job and we only had to cook them for a few minutes each until the cheese was bubbling and the edges were browning.

I experimented with different flavoured Halen Mรดn salt on the garlic bread – the celery salt went particularly well, giving it both herbal and spicy notes.

Nov 13th, 2009

13 Comments to 'Pizza and Garlic Bread in our New Oven!'

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  1. katie said,

    That pizza looks amazing! You’ve made me want to attempt pizza again!

    Katie xox
    .-= katie´s last blog ..SMS & British Food Fortnight =-.

  2. Tanya said,

    Your pizza looks amazing, lucky you having an oven that goes that hot!

    We had the Laverstoke Park mozzarella with tomatoes for lunch today, and thought it was great.
    .-= Tanya´s last blog ..Japan Inn, Amsterdam =-.

  3. LexEat! said,

    Wow – nice work. I love a thin crisp dough with simple toppings – looks delicious
    .-= LexEat!´s last blog ..Christmas Pudding – it’s never too early =-.

  4. I love that you didn’t feel compelled to roll your dough out into a neat circle. Yum, rustic delicious.
    .-= Wizzythestick´s last blog ..Monthly Mingle – Coconut Sweet Bread =-.

  5. Jacqueline said,

    Yum, that pizza looks absolutely divine. This is the second time I have been drooling over homemade pizza tonight. It is killing me ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Jacqueline´s last blog ..Cook Express =-.

  6. Karine said,

    Your pizza sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kerri said,

    Thanks, Katie. Now we’ve found a recipe we’re happy with, it’s much less of a chore than it used to be.

    A hot oven has been on my wishlist for years now, Tanya, it’s made such a difference already.

    Thanks, Lex.

    I’d love to say that the squareish pizza was intentional, Wizzy, but it’s just the way it worked out this time!

    Thanks, Jacqueline, I hope you manage to satisfy your craving soon!

    Thanks, Karine.

  8. The Gobbler said,

    They look brilliant, Kerri! That mozzarella is very nice, I think, certainly better than their buffalo burgers!

  9. Jeanne said,

    oooh, congrats on the new oven that can crank up the heat! The pizza looks spectacularly good – now you’ve given me the craving :o) I realyl must try the Laverstoke Park buffalo mozzarella as there really is nothing quite like it on pizza.
    .-= Jeanne´s last blog ..Mirabelle and ginger jam =-.

  10. Amyb said,

    Pizza looks yum!

    What oven did you buy Kerri? We have to buy a new one soon as our old one broke and we are using a mini camping one at the moment!

  11. Kerri said,

    Thanks, Gobbler. I agree about the burgers, I had the opportunity to try them again and they were just as bad as I remembered.

    I hope you like it, Jeanne. It’s lovely on it’s own too, would be great in a salad.

    This is a Bosch oven, Amy. I’m not sure which model though I imagine it’s one of the most basic since we’re renting. It seems pretty good so far though.

  12. Lorna said,

    Glad you enjoyed the mozzarella, shame some of your readers didn’t enjoy our burgers, maybe they should try some of our Wild Boar and Smokey Bacon burgers instead ๐Ÿ™‚

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