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Step 7 – Start baking

Freshly Baked PizzaTo heat up your oven you will need to have a big fire going for at least 1-2 hours. Once the oven is hot and there are no more flames, push the ambers to the back and the sides of your oven and clean remaining ashes off the brick surface with a besom (do not use a plastic broom as it will melt!). You can now put in your pizzas!

To get you going with your new oven we will also share our secret recipe for an incredibly tasty pizza with you. Be warned though, the dough will take at least 2 days to mature, so plan ahead! For about 4 large pizzas you will need the following:

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 1kg of wheat flour
  • Some yeast (1 pack)
  • Some water
  • 2 tbsp. of salt

For the tomato paste

  • 200g of tomato paste
  • 4 cloves of garlic (chopped or pressed)
  • Italian herbs (a handful or so)
  • 1 tbsp. of salt

Toppings of your preference

Try spinach, feta, onions, gouda (you’ll have to briefly cook the spinach first) or champignons, bell-pepper, capers, gouda.

Preparation

  1. Mix 1/2kg of flour with your yeast and approximately 700ml of water (use a kitchen machine or a mixer) to get a very liquid dough.
  2. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 1 hour.
  3. Now mix in another 1/2kg of flour as well as the 2 tbsp. of salt.
  4. Cover your dough with parchment paper and let it rest in the fridge for at least 2 days (you can keep it for up to 2 weeks).
  5. Once your dough is ready you can prepare the tomato paste by combining all ingredients.
  6. Roll out the dough on lots and lots of flour (preferably directly onto a baker’s shovel), spread your tomato paste on it, add your favorite toppings and off goes your pizza into the oven.
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2 Responses to “Building a Clay Pizza Oven”

  • Hi guys, I love your oven and instructions! It looks great. I followed it to build my first oven. I finished it on the weekend and am now just letting it dry, it looks pretty similar to yours. I’m just concerned about the thickness of the walls. Initially I planned on doing 3 layers at 20 cm total which is what most people recommend. But I followed yours and a couple of other designs doing two layers 6-8cm totalling about 12cm-16cm – But I think mines closer to 12cm. Do you think this is enough or should I add more? I’m worried now it’s kind of dry that adding more will be hard. Thanks :)

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    • Hey Trent, great to hear that you successfully followed our instructions! And congrats on finishing your oven :) In my experience 12cm should be sufficient, but if you’re worried don’t hesitate to add another layer. The great thing about clay is that, as opposed to concrete, you can actually add to it after it has dried. Let me know how it went and enjoy your first pizza!

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