The day of the big housewarming party had arrived and I don’t think I’ve worked so hard for some while! My friend Ben and I did the rounds in the morning picking up chairs, tables, glasses and other assorted party stuff from relatives then rushed home to setup. We’d booked a bouncy castle and invited both sets of neighbours either side who’d helped clearing the garden or who’d provided us help over the last couple of months! Friends and family rolled up and we got the BBQ running.
Ben had spent some of the morning making a great peel and a door for the pizza oven. We intended to fire it up around dinner time after everyone was sick of BBQ food and provide some nice pizzas. I wish I’d had time for another dry run with the oven but decided to wing it on the day.
I started the fire around 4pm and got it going for a good burn until about 6pm when we raked out the ashes and tried our luck.
I started off by putting some raw dough in – and within seconds it’d become rather excellent naan bread. Encouraged the first pizza went in. It came out quite deep panned but had a lovely crunch at the base – ten times better than oven pizza (including the ‘fresh’ pizza dough I’d used in the oven a couple of weeks before). We managed another two pizzas before deciding to start the fire again and brought it back up to temperature. Pizzas were taking about 5-10 minutes to cook, so I’m fairly sure my oven was still a little on the cool side, so I’m looking forward to firing it up again perhaps as soon as next weekend…