The nice guys over at Crust Liverpool (a new restaurant serving awesome pizza, pasta, and beer on the popular Bold Street) recently dropped us some of their top-tips for pizza making and using a traditional pizza oven.
They use a traditional wood-fired oven in their restaurant, and offer some very innovative pizzas from organic doughs to a special ‘black dough’ that uses vegetable charcoal to deliver a truly healthy and delicious slice – so they really know what they are talking about when it comes to making a delicious, innovative pizza.
Here’s their top tips:
- Always use 0 or 00 flour for your base – this means the flour is super-fine and delivers the smoothest and lightest crust possible for your pizzas
- Allow your dough mixture to mature for AT LEAST 24 hours, but preferably 48-72 hours. This allows the yeast to ferment, and convert carbohydrates to alcohol and carbon dioxide – giving your crust a delightfully light and fluffy texture, and a depth of flavour with an almost sour edge. It really makes the difference between a good pizza and an AMAZING pizza
- Cook your pizza in a wood fired oven that is above 350 degrees celsius. Doing this ensures you get the right rise and crispiness to your base, and also ensures an evenly melted cheese on your topping. Just be careful not to leave it in too long so it burns – typically pizzas take around 60-90 seconds to cook at this sort of temperature
- Always use high quality toppings. There isn’t a great deal to a pizza, so aside from mastering the crust, you need to ensure your toppings are top quality – look for imported, authentic Italian ingredients in your local deli, and you won’t go far wrong
- Keep it simple. Don’t go overboard with toppings – traditional wood-fired pizza ovens are designed to cook thin base, lightly topped pizzas. If you load your pizza too much, you’ll end up with either a soggy bottom (and noone wants one of those!) or you’ll burn your crust as you wait for the toppings to cook properly
A special thanks to Carmine, Crust’s resident Pizzaiolo, for the top pizza tips.
The above tips really help to differentiate Crust from other pizza restaurants and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re a pizza lover in the Liverpool area.
These tips can also help you to elevate your own pizzas that you cook in your own wood fired pizza oven – it just takes a little time, dedication, and the right ingredients, and you’ll be turning-out perfect, authentic pizzas every time.