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Add A Pizza Oven To Your Backyard And Easily Make The Best Pizza You've Ever Had

Pizza lovers - which includes just about everyone - all have their favorite pizza place. Whether they realize it or not, the reason that they like the pizza better at one place rather than another probably has as much to do with the oven as the ingredients. Nothing can duplicate the taste of a pizza cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven.

Why is a Pizza Oven Important?

There are two reasons, temperature and the wood itself. Homemade pizza is many times better than frozen pizzas, which are a poor substitute for the real thing. However, the kitchen range has a top temperature of about 500 degrees. This is barely hot enough to cook a home-made pizza, but is not hot enough to duplicate the taste of your favorite pizza shop pizza.

The wood itself boosts the flavors of the meat and veggies on the pizza, leaves a slightly smoky char on the surface and causes those big, flaky bubbles on the crust to appear.

How Hard is it to Make Homemade Pizza?

It's actually pretty easy. The dough can be assembled in a few minutes in a food processor and set aside to rise for a couple hours. At that point, the dough can be used immediately or cut into portions and frozen for future use. It's not traditional, but frozen, thawed dough actually handles easier than fresh dough. Pizza sauce can be made in about 30 minutes.

It's not necessary to throw the dough into the air. Cheat and use a rolling pin. Don't worry about creating a perfect circle. Any shape works. Sprinkle flour generously on the clean counter and roll it out; small pizzas are easiest. Spread a little olive oil and sauce and cover with toppings and cheese. The pizza cooks in a few minutes.

Pizza Ovens are Not Just for Pizza

A Custom Pizza Oven will cook an almost endless range of dishes. It's great for roasting meats or poultry, as well as baking desserts and fabulous breads. There are plenty of recipes and ideas in cookbooks and on the internet.

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