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January 19, 2012


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You are so lucky! That has got to be so much fun.


That looks so life-altering. I mean, I'd feel so good using that . . . I'd have to . . . I don't know what I'd do right at this moment, but what ever I did would be big. :) Very nice. Great job!


The weather outside is frightfully cold (minus 2 degrees Celsius), more snow is in the forecast, & I'm shivering here at work despite wearing three layers, the outermost being merino wool. So...you can probably imagine how close I got to the words and images in this post. A brick oven, HUGE fire, coals, pizza, 40 degrees C, and a man in a kilt (oops, sorry). Anyway, I'm much warmer now.

To be honest, I'd never seen a brick outdoor oven until yours, but I can't imagine a lovelier one. YESS! You should be pleased.

Denise | Chez Danisse

You two deserve to be pleased with yourselves -- bravo!

sophie munns

Hello from the Pineapple State my southern friend!

Impressive or what.
The kilt
the 40 degree day
the pizza with the works...

all that HARD work has certainly paid off ... its a beauty.
ps think I'll tweet this one!


Congratulations! I would definitely be pleased with myself.
Instead I'm just a touch jealous:-)
But SO delighted for you.

Happy baking!




boys in skirts, tending glede...now that's a thing of beauty.

i think this sort of rustic pizza is the only sort worth troubling oneself over.
so here is another recipe for you and your oven...

    Al Forno and Johanne Killeen's Grilled Pizza

Recipe From Cucina Simpatica, By Johanne Killeen & George Germon Harper Collins, 1991

Prep Time:
3 hr 10 min
Inactive Prep Time:
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 min
12 servings
For the Dough:
• 1 envelope (2 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
• 1 cup warm water
• Pinch sugar
• 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
• 1/4 cup johnnycake meal or fine-ground white cornmeal
• 3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
• 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
• 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups unbleached white flour

• Extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
• 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
• 3 cups shredded Fontina cheese
• 4 1/2 cups chopped canned tomatoes in heavy puree
• 3/4 cup chopped Italian flat-leafed parsley
• Chiffonade of basil for garnish
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water with the sugar. After 5 minutes stir in the salt, johnnycake meal, whole-wheat flour, and oil. Gradually add the white flour, stirring with a wooden spoon until a stiff dough has formed. Place the dough on a floured board, and knead it for several minutes, adding only enough additional flour to keep the dough from sticking. When the dough is smooth and shiny, transfer it to a bowl that has been brushed with olive oil. To prevent a skin from forming, brush the top of the dough with additional olive oil, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place, away from drafts, until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down the dough and knead once more. Let the dough rise again for about 40 minutes. Punch down the dough. If it is sticky, knead in a bit more flour.

Divide into four balls. Cover the balls with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature for about 45 minutes. While the dough is rising, prepare a hot charcoal fire, setting the grill rack 3 to 4 inches above the coals and set out topping ingredients. Place dough on a large inverted cookie sheet brushed with 1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Turn the dough over to coat it with oil. With your hands, spread and flatten the pizza dough into a 10 to 12-inch free form circle, 1/8-inch thick. If you find the dough shrinking back into itself, allow the dough to rest for a few minutes, then continue to spread and flatten the dough. Do not make a lip, you may end up with a rectangle rather than a circle; the shape is unimportant. Take care not to stretch the dough so thin that small holes appear. If this happens, all is not lost. Rather then try to repair them, avoid them when adding toppings and drizzling with olive oil.

When the fire is hot, use your fingertips to lift the dough gently by the two corners closest to you, and drape it onto the grill. Catch the loose edge on the grill first and guide the remaining dough into place over the fire. Within a minute, the dough will puff slightly, the underside will stiffen, and grill marks will appear.

Using tongs, immediately flip the crust over onto the coolest part of the grill. Quickly brush the grilled surface with 2 teaspoons of virgin olive oil. Spread 1/4 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 2 tablespoons Pecorino Romano cheese, 1/4 cup Fontina cheese over the entire surface of the pizza. Dollop with 6 tablespoons of the tomatoes and top with 1 tablespoon of the parsley. Drizzle the entire pizza with virgin olive oil.

After the toppings have been added, slide the pizza back toward the hot coals so about half of the pizza is directly over the heat. Rotate the pizza frequently so that different sections receive high heat checking the underside by lifting the edge with tongs to be sure it is not burning. The pizza is done when the top is bubbling and the cheese has melted. Garnish with basil and serve immediately. Continue stretching the dough balls and grilling pizzas using the above topping ingredients.


Wow this pizza must have been amazing! I wish I had an oven like that. I like your blog. Beautiful pics as well!


Way to go!!! You are my hero.


this looks amazing. that fire oven looks so rad. i used those when i lived in peru - so fun.


I'd love to have some of this Pizza. This looks like the real thing.

Best Food Mixer

There is something about the taste you get from a brick oven that other ovens cannot compete with. Great for pizzas and bread too.

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