My journey into cake making actually started with a general love of making food for family and friends which I discovered after taking a career break following the birth of my first child. To this day, despite many hours a day in my kitchen making wedding cakes, I still love to make and celebrate with food. One my family’s favourite things to make is homemade pizza. From kneading the dough to choosing their own toppings, the children love nothing more than getting involved (and I always manage to sneak a few veggies in to the sauce or toppings too!). Our homemade pizzas have always been good, but our oven never managed to recreate that crispy base and wood-fired flavour you get from pizza restaurants, meaning that from time to time we would still treat ourselves to a pizza night out. Until we discovered the Ooni pizza oven….
A chance encounter at a mutual friend’s birthday party with a member of the Ooni team, where we relayed our love of food and cooking, led us to receive a Christmas present of the Ooni 3 wood-fired portable pizza oven. The energy-efficient wood pellets give that authentic taste and the temperature range means that once hot you can cook pizzas in 60s. The first time we tried it was a revelation…restaurant pizzas at home! Kids and their friends couldn’t contain their excitement. The oven is completely portable, so come the finer summer weather we hope to take it to the beach or any holiday rentals we may take.
We have since had a few pizza making nights where I have been experimenting with recipes and pizza flavours, one of which I am sharing on the blog today: Blueberry, Goats Cheese, Honey, Orange and Thyme Pizza. I choose this one as it is something of a sweet/savoury pizza, perhaps being described as the dessert or cheese course. Sweet blueberries, which are coming into season soon, marry with the honey and citrus, all of which contrast with the savoury thyme and goats cheese. (I do believe these flavours could even be adapted into a cake!).
If you don’t have an Ooni pizza oven yet you can try this in a conventional oven, but for the real wood-fired taste check out the Ooni range here,
Happy pizza making!
Blueberry, Goats Cheese, Honey, Thyme and Pecan Pizza
Ingredients for the pizza dough (makes 4-5 pizzas):
- 250g plain flour
- 250g strong white flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp instant dried yeast
- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 325ml warm water
Ingredients for the pizza:
- soft goats cheese
- few sprigs thyme
- orange zest
- pistachios or pecans
- To make the dough, mix the two flours, salt and yeast together in a large bowl.
- Add the oil and warm (not hot) water and mix with your hands to form a dough.
- Tip out onto the work surface and begin to knead for about 10 mins until smooth. The dough will be wet and sticky at first but don’t add too much flour if you can avoid it, it will become less sticky and more smooth as you knead it.
- Pour a little oil into a clean bowl and place the kneaded dough in the bowl, turning to coat in the oil. Cover with a clean tea towel and place in a warm position for approx 2 hours or until dough has doubled in size.
- To make the pizza, preheat your Ooni pizza oven.
- Punch down the risen dough and weigh out 175g balls of dough. Place on floured work surface and cover with tea towel until needed. Taking one ball of dough at a time, roll out on a floured surface and leave to rest for a few minutes. Place on the floured Ooni pizza paddle.
- Meanwhile, using a fork, mix the goats cheese with some honey. Spread the goats cheese over the pizza base, top with the blueberries and sprinkle over the thyme, orange zest and crushed pistachios.
- Slide into the preheated Ooni Oven and bake for 1-2 mins, turning every 30s. Remove from the oven and drizzle with a little more honey before slicing and sharing!