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Classic Neapolitan Pizza

Total Time 32 mins + 24hrs proving
Serves 6 people
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Prep Time
30 mins + 24hr proving
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
32 mins + 24hrs proving

There is nothing more rewarding than baking your own pizza in a wood-fired oven, especially if you are making a classic Neapolitan pizza. Those lovely charred ‘tiger’ spots dotted all over a perfectly puffed up pizza crust are pure food heaven. Simplicity is all about the quality of ingredients, so make sure you use some quality extra virgin olive oil, freshly picked basil leaves, authentic San Marzano tinned plum tomatoes and fresh fior di latte cheese.

Ingredients

  • 6 x 250g pizza dough ball, already proven
  • 400g Italian tinned plum tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of sugar
  • ½ handful of fresh basil
  • 6 tbsp of fresh parmesan cheese
  • 300g fresh buffalo mozzarella or fior de latte cheese, cut into small cubes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 basil leaves for each pizza

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven at 400°C.
  2. To make the sauce, just blitz the tinned tomatoes with a pinch of salt, sugar and the basil, keeping a bit of texture.
  3. Lightly dust a clean surface with some flour or semolina flour and place your dough ball in the centre. Leaving one inch on either side of the diameter of the dough ball, press the dough with all fingers to flatten, turn to the other side and repeat the process. Turn back to the original side and repeat the process one more time.
  4. Use your right hand to hold the flatten dough one inch in to keep the edge puffy and place your left hand’s thumb and index fingers on the top side of the dough and the rest of fingers below and pull the dough to stretch. Flip the dough over to your forearm with your palm open and flip back to the bench. Repeat the process a few times to stretch the dough evenly.
  5. Start by spooning a thin layer of tomato sauce, leaving 2.5cm around the edge for the crust to rise. Sprinkle over a pinch of grated parmesan, then add the mozzarella, a drizzle of olive oil and four basil leaves. Be careful not to spill the sauce on the pizza peel as this may stop the pizza from sliding from the peel into the oven.
  6. Transfer your pizza base onto a pizza peel which is also lightly dusted with semolina flour and stretch the edges of the pizza base, so it’s fully laid out.
  7. Using your pizza peel, slide your pizza into your Fuego oven. Using a turning pizza peel pick the pizza from the side, bring to the front of the oven and turn it round. Do not turn your pizza inside the oven, as it will pick too much ash. Keep your eyes on the pizza, as failing to turn regularly will result in very charred black edges. Once you have a puffed crust which is darkly charred in spots, remove from the oven with your turning peel and slide into a serving platter. Watch out, the pizza will be extremely hot once removed from the oven; you may need to leave it a minute to cool.

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Joe Botham, Owner of Baratxuri Restaurant (Ramsbottom)

My Fuego wood fired pizza oven...

“Our Fuego wood oven has transformed our restaurant! As a piece of kit, it is extremely versatile and controllable, allowing us to roast all of our meats and vegetables in the wood burning oven as well as using it as a charcoal grill during service. The flavour of everything coming out of the Fuego clay pizza oven is incredible due to the amazing smoky, charred tones added to the smell and taste of everything that’s cooked in it. It is not expensive to run as all the kiln-dried wood we use heats the wood fired pizza oven pretty quickly and it retains its temperature really well, only needing to add logs to the fire a few times over the course of service.”

Joe Botham, Owner of Baratxuri Restaurant (Ramsbottom)
Claire & James, Owners of Thrush Nest Luxury Holiday Cottages (York)

My Fuego wood fired pizza oven...

“We wanted a traditional wood oven that ticked lots of boxes, for us it had to be made of brick for the authentic feel, have amazing functionality and great quality. Our Fuego clay pizza oven ticks them all. Our pizza nights are such a fantastic feature for the guests that stay in our holiday cottages and it’s a great way of bringing friends and family together for making those special memories. Highly recommended”

Claire & James, Owners of Thrush Nest Luxury Holiday Cottages (York)
Dominic Reeve, Owner Lord Stones Country Park (North York Moors)

My Fuego wood fired pizza oven...

“The traditional methods used within its construction and the unrivalled ability to retain heat have thoroughly impressed us. It has been a welcome addition to our BBQ and live music events. We cannot recommend the Fuego brand enough and it has been extremely popular with our chefs and customers alike.”

Dominic Reeve, Owner Lord Stones Country Park (North York Moors)