A New Kitchen Gadget
- Sep 03, 2021
- David Wilhelm
I received a new kitchen gadget recently from my girlfriend Marie and I have been having a blast with it the past couple weeks. It’s an Ooni ‘Fyra 12’ Woodburning Pizza Oven that is small, portable, easy to use, heats to 800 degrees in 30 minutes, and makes some badass pizzas in two minutes or less. It uses wood pellets as its fuel source which creates a bubbling, puff up crust and slightly smoky pizzas that are as good as anything I have had from large wood burning restaurant models at a tiny fraction of the cost... $250!
I’m not a breakfast person but last week I couldn’t wait until lunch so I made one for breakfast. It was an ‘Alsace’ version which is one of my all-time favorites made with crème fraiche, thinly sliced onions, Gruyere cheese, black pepper and raw applewood smoked bacon. In the oven the bacon cooks releasing its juices into the onions creating a serious flavor bomb. After pulling it sizzling out of the oven I topped it with a couple sunnyside eggs... true food porn!
If you like real authentic, rustic pizzas I highly recommend you buying one of these Ooni’s so you can enjoy the real thing at home. They have a propane fueled version for the lazy, but, why go there? I also have tried the fresh Trader Joe’s dough and it’s pretty respectable for those of you who need instant gratification... But, for those who want to make their dough from scratch I am giving you a very easy recipe for it. I’ve made it several times with great results each time so get yourself an Ooni and be prepared to amaze yourself!
Makes 4 personal size pizzas
- 2 cups warm water (95-100 degrees)
- 1.5 tsp instant active yeast
- 1 TBS honey
- 2 TBS EVO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
- 6 cups all purpose flour
- 1 TBS kosher salt
Place water in medium size bowl and add yeast, honey and olive oil. Stir for 10 seconds just to combine. Add flour and salt and, using a dough whip, stir for 1 minute until well combined. using your hands squeeze the dough together until it forms a solid mass. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, place dough and knead for 10 minutes. Place dough in large oiled bowl, cover with towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size. (1-2 hours).
Remove dough and cut into 4 equal size pizzas. With your hands shape into round balls, place in large baking pan, brush with olive oil, cover with tower and allow to rise a second rise until doubled in size. (1-2 hours).
Pizza dough is now ready to use. If you are not using it all now place in container with cover and refrigerate. Allow to come back to room temperature before rolling out and baking.