How to cook great pizzas

Here are some simple tips to help you cook great pizzas on your new pizza oven. Once you have lit your oven and it is up to a decent temperature (there should be a nice bed of red-hot embers), you need to push the hot embers to the back of the oven using an embers rake. Make sure that the front and central area of the oven floor are reasonably clear of embers, and that there is some wood on the top of the embers to create a nice yellow flame which will lick across the roof of the oven and out through the chimney. Now you’re ready to go.

Preparing your pizza

Once you have prepared your dough (see our pizza dough recipes page) and toppings (see our pizza toppings page), you are ready to start making pizzas.

Start by taking a small ball of dough slightly larger than the size of a golf ball, and roll it out using a rolling pin into a very thin base roughly 10″ in diameter on a floured wood or granite surface. Try and keep the shape round as this makes the pizza easy to manage in the oven. Once rolled out, the dough should be almost wafer thin as this ensures that your pizza cooks thoroughly.

Spread the tomato pizza topping onto the base and add a small handful of mozzarella cheese on top. You can now add any toppings of your choice such as pepperoni, ham, peppers, capers, onion etc, to create the pizza of your choice. Do not overload the toppings as this will prevent the pizza from cooking thoroughly.

Cooking your pizza

Once prepared, use a pizza peel (see our shop) to transfer the pizza into the oven, making sure that it sits centrally in the space you have created on the oven floor.

Now that the pizza is cooking, keep watching it, and spin it a quarter turn every minute so as to prevent it from burning.

Once it is cooked, use the pizza peel to remove the pizza from the oven, place on a serving paddle, slice and serve.