|Homemade Pizza Peel|
(My enthusiasm had waned due to mixed performance with bread and large cracks.)
I started the day with another trip to the Dump Shop for materials. This time to make a pizza peel (or shovel). I found a perfect piece of laminated timber, cut it to shape, and added a eucalyptus stick for a rustic handle. I used a hand sander to thin out the front edge into a blunt blade. The peel performed well, but needs some more work to thin out the 'blade'.
|Patching the Crack|
While the oven was heating I patched up the cracks using some clay and sand (probably 50:50) that I had left handy in a bucket. At full heat the clay dried and blended in. It is now as if there had never been a huge gaping crack. (I know, I exaggerate.)
At 5:30 I made the pizza dough, using the recipe in an early edition of Simply No Knead Breadmaking by Carol and Ken Bates - a practical, classic Australian home bakers' 'how to'. This dough is only slightly moist and very easy to handle.
|The Very First Pizza - Garlic|
- Garlic pizzas on 9-inch aluminium pizza trays on the floor.
- Pizzas with few toppings on 9-inch aluminium pizza trays.
- Pizzas with few toppings on 9-inch aluminium pizza trays on a bed of hot coals.
- Pizzas with lots of toppings on 9-inch aluminium pizza trays on hot coals.
- Garlic pizza directly on the brick floor.
- Pizza with lots of toppings directly on the brick floor.
|One With The Lot|
...Geoff the L-plater oven chef
|Cooking on the Bricks|