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Proper Italian Pizza Dough Recipe!!

So who doesn’t like pizza? Most people do right and making them yourself makes the pizza experience even better! There’s loads of different styles, ranging from your classic Roman thin based pizza to your hand stretched ancient Napoli, then there’s your thicker American bases from Chicago and of course the sorry excuses of certain fast food chain pizzas.
I’m going to give you a recipe for the Queen of pizza doughs. From Naples, the birth place of pizza, where they’ve been making pizza as we know it the longest; (let’s not get into Turkish pizza!) So they know the deal, they live and breathe Pizza all over Italy, but in Naples especially it is everywhere. I’ll also tell you a quick way of cooking it that will revolutionise your homemade pizzas!

 

Napoli pizza dough recipe

Naples style pizza

The Recipe
This recipe requires a wee bit of time but the result is worth it! Most pizza doughs will be made in a few hours with lots of dried yeast, but can still taste amazing. The full 24 hour slow rise with small amounts of yeast we use here really develops that flavour.
So here we go:
This will make around 8 Pizzas. You can always freeze the unused balls for another day.

 

Ingredients 
1kg 0.0 Flour (most supermarkets have this)
600ml Water
2 Tbsp Salt
2g Fresh Yeast (ask your baker or in your supermarket usually by the butter)
That’s it, no olive oil, no sugar, simple and effective!!

 

Method
Dissolve your yeast in the 600ml of water, in a measuring jug. Put all the flour into a big bowl and make a well in the centre. You can just dump all the flour onto a clean work surface but I find this helps keep the flour carnage under control. Pour your yeasty water into the well and add your salt, then use a wooden spoon to mix all the ingredients together. After about 5 mins move to your work surface and beat the living daylights out of the dough for 15 mins, I mean really go for it!
After you’ve taken all that tension and stress out on your lovely pizza dough, put it lovingly back into the bowl and cover with a damp tea towel for 15 mins.
Now get a bowl, some weighing scales and a big knife. Cut your dough into 220g balls and one at a time fold the dough twice in on its self before rolling it into a perfect ball. A good technique is keep your hand in a claw shape over the dough. Make fast circles pushing the dough into the surface as you go, this will force out the air and make a perfect ball. Put the balls into a flour dusted container, ideally plastic storage containers or something similar, then dust with more flour and cover with cling film. Now it’s a waiting game for 24 hours.

 

Pizza dough recipe

Dough balls

 

The Sauce
Ingredients 
1 500g tin or jar of the best quality Italian Plum toms.
Pinch of Salt
The sauce must be uncooked and be the best quality toms you can find. Grown on the slopes of Mt Vesuvius, San Marzano are considered some of the best, but if you can’t get ahold of them use the best Italian plums you can find.
Blend the toms with a pinch of salt, keep some texture in the sauce though, you don’t want a puree.

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How to cook your Pizza; A Miraculous Discovery
If you have a wood fired oven then you know what to do here! If not have a look at how to make one in our previous post. For those of you without a wood fired oven don’t fear.
Pizza lovers worldwide have found a way to cook your pizza way better than just putting it in the oven for 20 mins on a pizza stone or tray.
The Method
Get a medium sized frying pan, no oil, searing hot, full wack, as well as getting your grill on full with the rack in the oven as close to the grill as possible.
Roll your dough out to the size of your pan, put your Dough in the the pan, you will see the dough instantly bubbling. Quickly put your sauce on and cheese and some other toppings. Go sparingly though, ‘less is more’ is the Italian way. It will also cook better with less topping.
Use a spatula to look under the pizza, when it’s nicely browned put your frying pan under the grill until the top is browned and only just burned, just like a woodfired pizza. Eat straight away and witness the wonder.

 

Homegrown organic tomatoes

Tomatoes

 

 

Earth Pizza Oven

Nearly everyone loves pizza and making your own oven makes it that bit more special. You can buy an oven for thousands but it’s much more fun to make your own, using materials lying around and with minimal impact on the earth.

Here’s how we made our oven in the garden, all for under £20. We’ve wanted to do this for years and we’re loving it now its finally been made.

Here’s a rough guide for anyone who wants to have a go at doing it yourself. Just to inspire inspiration and imagination

A word on Cob.permaculture cob making

Cob is a mixture of sandy-sub soil, clay and straw. It is mixed by crushing it all together; in our case jumping up
and down on it, but it can be done with a digger. Animals in the past were used to mix the Cob hence the name Cob horse. Cob has been used to make houses, barns, walls, etc. some are still standing strong today. We have a Cob barn here at Kent’s which is a beaut of a building. Some of the positives of using Cob are that it’s insulating, and fun and easy to work with, hence why its used for pizza ovens. I’ts also breathable and flexes with heat.

The basic mix is 2 parts sand: 1 part clay: 1/2 straw and water. Mix on a tarp and get dancing.

 

The Basic Run Down

Tyre pizza oven baseBase – Made of bricks, breeze blocks, railway sleepers, cob, cob and rocks or anything you can think of really.

We used old tyres stacked on top of each other then put cob in between and on top. In each layer we put old glass bottles, smashed up bricks and other bits of rubbish that we could hide in there. Using glass bottles under the oven floor also helps insulate it further.

Oven Floor – Ideally made from fire bricks but you could use a big slab of rock or normal bricks

We placed some normal bricks on top of the tyres, this was to protect them from the heat of the fire. We put a thick piece of ply wood we had lying around on top of the tyres so that we had a flat base for the bricks. Then we put a layer of sand then the fire bricks. The fire bricks we got from an old fireplace. Ideally you would use new ones so that they fit tighter together but old ones will work. Now the oven is ready for the dome!

The Oven/Dome – Made from Cob (Straw, clay and sand)

Here’s where building sandcastles as a child really payed off. Using sand and water we made a dome as a former or mould for the cob. We then put wet newspaper over the sand, so that we knew when to stop when removing the sand later .

First layer – About 4″ thick, we made up cob balls and had a bit of a cob ball fight and practiced our throwing and catching skills. Building from the bottom up and over the sand castle we made our first layer then left it for a couple of days to dry. Then we cut out the hole for the doorway and removed the sand.cob pizza oven newspaper

Second and insulation Layer –  This layer was much the same but h
ad more straw and some sawdust in the layer for added insulation, its all about keeping that heat in with an oven like this!

Third Layer – This layer was much like the first layer just to further protect and insulate the oven.

Archway Entrance and Chimney – Bricks Cob and Gas flue pipe, you could use an old terracotta plant pot or any other tube like thing that can withstand heat.

We made this part as an afterthought, it’s not essential but makes the oven run smoother and looks great. We had to make an extension to the front using some thick slabs of wood and a couple of fence posts. We then put some more bricks on top using cob below to keep them in sunset pizza ovenplace. We made a former here from some plywood, just drawing the size of arch we wanted, then cutting it out with a jigsaw. We used 2 pieces of wood then nailed them together so that the brick archway could rest on top. We placed the ply former in the doorway then started to build the bricks into an arch using the cob to stick them all together. Then we filled in around the archway and linked the doorway to the main oven putting a piece of old gas flue pipe in as a chimney.

For about a week we started small fires in the oven every couple of days and once it was dry we fired it up for the first time.

 

After about a month we lime rendered the oven to protect it from the Cornish winter. You could make a clay plaster or use old tiles to create a mosaic

 

Hope this inspires some new Pizza enthusiasts out there. Once we’ve nailed the right dough recipe we’ll put that up to.

 

 

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