Simple Bread Dough Recipe - 63% hydrated

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Bread can be made in many different ways. Depending on the choice of flour, the hydration percentage (amount of water in the mix), and the method of fermentation, you will create different results both in flavor and texture. This simple dough recipe is ideal for both an experienced baker as well as for one who is just beginning the beautiful journey of bread making. Baked to perfection in the Fontana wood-fired oven, this loaf of bread will satisfy any palate. 

Shaping, Proofing, Scoring, and Baking our 63% hydrated Bread Dough

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Baking bread in the Fontana wood-fired oven is a most satisfying experience. Before this can be done one must first shape, proof and score the dough. These steps will become second nature as you continue in the wonderful journey of bread baking. We will show you step by step on how to prep the wood-fired oven and get it ready for a successful baking experience. 

Bread Dough Proofing in a Basket

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Proofing the dough, before baking in the Fontana wood-fired oven is a very important step in bread baking. There are different ways to get the final proofing of the dough accomplished. Instead of proofing the dough on the countertop or on a baker's cloth, we will show you how to use a basket to get the job done. 

Nonna Verena's Butterzopf - Swiss Züpfe - Baked in the Fontana Wood-fired Oven

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Nonna Verena's Butterzopf - Züpfe - is a delicious Swiss Sunday Bread baked in the Fontana Gusto wood-burning oven. Unbelievably good when sliced and spread with butter, preserves, honey Nutella, or your favorite topping. My precious Swiss mom, has passed down her tradition of making this delicious bread to me and my four siblings exactly the same way she learned from my grandmother.  Today I have passed the tradition to our kids who also have learned to make this delicious bread. You will quickly see how simple it is to make Nonna Verena's Buttersopf.  Without doubt you will pass the tradition on to your children.

Drunken Poached PEARS prepared in and on the Fontana Wood-fired Oven

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Drunken Poached Pears are a simple and delicious dessert drizzled with a tasty wine reduction perfect for any celebration.  Simply combine firm pears, red wine, water, sugar and some spices, cook them in the Fontana Gusto, or on the Pizza e Cucina wood-fired oven and stove top, and you are ready to serve an elegant and wonderful dessert.

Beautiful APPLE ROSES baked in the Italian wood-fired pizza oven

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Baked in the Italian made wood-fired pizza oven, Apple Roses are a simple, delicious and elegant treat sure to satisfy your family and guests.  These little bite size "apple pies" will become a beautiful dessert, a brunch addition or a breakfast treat. Follow the simple steps to making Apple Roses.

Macaroni and Cheese baked in the Fontana wood-fired oven

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Macaroni and Cheese, the beloved classic American Southern dish, is baked in the Fontana wood-fired oven. Today you will find out how simple it is to make at home and serve to family and friends. Undeniably it will become a favorite dish and it will definitely replace the boxed version. You can kiss the box goodbye and begin making this classic comfort food in your own oven.

Dee's CORN PUDDING CASSEROLE baked in the Fontana wood-fired oven

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Baked in the Fontana wood-fired oven, Corn Pudding Casserole has become a delicious holiday classic in our family. The custardy dish is a special treat for any palate. Shared by our dear friend Dee, this recipe has become a family favorite. It is quicklly prepared by mixing eggs, corn, a little sugar, vanilla, flour and butter.  As it is finally slowly baked the old fashioned way, the Fontana wood-fired oven once again does not disappoint.  Now it is time for you to prepare this dish for a delicious fall treat!

Wood-Fired Pizza Ovens: The Fontana Difference - Infographic

Ask anyone, and they will tell you that pizza ranks high among their favorite foods. In fact, 93% of Americans consume pizza every month, and the average person eats an estimated 46 slices per year. That’s a lot of pizza! So it makes sense that pizza lovers across the U.S. are very discerning about factors such as quality and taste when it comes to this incredibly popular meal.

Spaghetti with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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Cherry tomatoes roasted in the Fontana wood-fired pizza oven are not only delicious, but very easy to prepare.  Simply drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and tossed with fresh garlic and basil, these roasted tomatoes will become a delicious new favorite when married with spaghetti.  Here is the recipe.  Who says that a pizza oven is only for Pizza?

Ratatouille or Tian Prevençal? That is the question.

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Baked in the wood-fired oven, "Ratatouille" or more precisely Tian Provençal is a delicious dish with origins to southern France.  As many comfort foods, this gratin was originally considered the "meal of the poor", a "peasant dish" prepared by farmers when fresh vegetables were harvested from the garden in the summer. This dish will certainly become a favorite comfort food when introduced into your kitchen.

Why Homemade Pizza Is Better Than Takeout

Nothing beats the scrumptiousness of a homemade pizza crisped to perfection in an authentic wood fire oven—particularly not a delivered pizza. In fact, comparing a homemade pizza to a takeout pizza is a bit like comparing a Mustang to a Lamborghini. Lovingly crafted with fresh, custom ingredients to suit your tastes, homemade pizzas are the ultimate choice in gourmet backyard cooking.

Grandma's Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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Delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Pie baked in the Italian wood-fired oven by the kids while my husband and I were gone for the weekend. Strawberries are perfect when paired with rhubarb, as one fruit is sweet while the other is very tart. The combination is delicious. So good!

Wood Fired Ovens: An Authentic Revolution | Fontana Ovens & Grills

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Every day, more people discover the joys and pleasures of cooking with a wood-fired oven. At the heart of this culinary revolution is a craving for authentic food and a desire for meaningful social interaction.

Perhaps it’s because so many are fed up with the rushed routine and bland tastes of a mass-produced world. So many are yearning for a time when friends and family gathered around an open flame to share freshly prepared meals topped with stories of life and living.

Simple Pie Crust Recipe

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To be baked in the Italian wood-fired oven, a buttery and flaky PIE CRUST is easily made in no time with this simple recipe. Ideal for sweet and savory pies and perfect to be completed with your favorite filling and finally baked in the Fontana wood-fired oven.

Delicious Fluffy Cathead Biscuits

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Southern biscuits were exactly what I was craving when I found this enticing recipe on Epicurious. Curiosity took the best of me when I discovered they used buttermilk powder instead of liquid buttermilk; therefore, I was instantly intrigued by the process.  Who knew there was such a thing as buttermilk powder?

Let's Transform the Pizza Oven into a Grill

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Why not transform the wood-fired oven into a perfect grill for sausage and bratwurst?  Creating a roaring fire inside the oven does not limit you to only baking pizza; on the contrary, we are excited to explore, test and present to you the limitless culinary options these amazing wood-fired ovens have to offer.

Crostini Created with a Perfect Marriage of Sausage and Cheese

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Ready to make an easy finger food with only three ingredients? Bruschetta or Crostini alla salsiccia prepared in the Fontana wood-fired oven is a great way to prepare a quick appetizer, one everyone will love.  All you need is the perfect marriage of a baguette, Italian sausage and soft cheese.  Your guests will be perfectly satisfied with this all time winner.

Blooming Cheesy Stuffed Bread

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Looking for an easy and delicious appetizer that satisfies all ages?  Here it is!  The ingredients are few and the steps are simple.  Blooming Cheesy Stuffed Bread is sure to become a favorite with family and friends.  There is no doubt that you will be proud to serve this finger-licking snack to anyone who steps into your kitchen.  We have wanted to bake this appetizer in the Fontana wood-fired oven for some time, and the result was an immediate hit.  Here are just a few simple steps showing you how to prepare this delicious crowd-pleaser.

Leftover Pasta? Simply bake it in the Wood-fired Oven

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While working on a photo shoot for grilling Sausage and Bratwurst in the wood-fired oven, we decided to also place some leftover pasta in a cast iron skillet. This morning we also stretched fresh mozzarella from curds, and it was the right decision to top the penne with delicious slices of delicious cheese. Everything was topped with a good drizzle of olive oil and a dusting of hot pepper.  The skillet was pushed into the hot oven for the magic to happen.  Just a short while later a simple and delicious lunch was placed on the table and everyone was satisfied.  Grilled sausage, baked pasta, a few slices of schiacciata, a salad, and the meal was complete.

Pizza Margherita for the Queen of Italy

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Let's make a Pizza Margherita baked inside the Italian wood-fired oven. Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil and a drizzle of good olive oil.  Few and simple are the ingredients, but the Margherita is always the most loved.  Although many claim to have been the first ones to create the Pizza Margherita, traditionally it is believed that in 1889, in order to honor the queen of Italy Margherita of Savoia, Chef Raffaele Esposito dedicated this special pizza to her.  He carefully chose the colors of the Italian flag by topping the flat bread with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella slices, and green basil leaves.  There is nothing better than to build community with family and friends around a Pizza Oven. Here is just a simple way to make your very own pizza Margherita directly in the Fontana Wood-fired Oven.

Rebirth to the Renaissance Stew "Peposo dell'Impruneta"

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Prepared in the authentic Italian wood-fired oven, PEPOSO dell’ Impruneta is a brilliant, yet simple stew that speaks of history dating back to the very time of Filippo Brunelleschi, the greatest architect and engineer of the early Italian Renaissance. Let me now share with you the recipe to this timeless, delicious stew by giving Peposo a REBIRTH as it is prepared it in the Fontana wood-fired oven.

Date Night with Steak and Tagliata in the Wood-Fired Oven

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Directly inside the Italian wood-fired oven Steak and Tagliata for a special date night. Today the wood-fired oven will be transformed into a perfect grill for two juicy T-bone steaks.  Elegantly placed on a bed of arugula, we will show you how to grill a delicious Tagliata, and a perfectly seared steak accompanied by baked potatoes and a colorful salad.

PIZZA DOUGH Simple, Basic, Straight

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Ideal for the Italian wood-fired pizza oven here is a great dough recipe. There are many ways to prepare pizza dough, some very basic and others more complex. The type of flour, hydration, natural leaven or commercial yeast, and the way the dough is handled, vary from method to method.  Most beginners would be less intimidated to prepare pizza dough, by starting up with a very simple recipe.  Flour, water, commercial yeast and salt will be the stars of the following dough. More varied recipes will be posted as we continue to experiment with natural leavens, yeast, hydration levels, folding and kneading of the dough, and proofing times.  For now let's keep it basic and simple.

Here's How Portable Pizza Ovens are Helping a Whole New Generation Experience the Authentic Taste of Italy

It's no secret that today's kids are obsessed with their smartphones, and most adults would admit that they spend a bit too much time on electronic devices as well. It's also quite obvious that kids' eating habits have changed dramatically in the past decade or so, and most of the food they eat is processed in a factory across the country.

The Time-Tested, Traditional Way to Cook the World's Most Popular Food

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It is no secret that pizza is one of the world's most beloved, cultured, and recognizable foods. In the United States alone, it is reported that the average individual will eat over 45 slices of pizza in a single year. That's almost six whole large pizzas for each person or about half the holding space of a wood fired pizza oven! People all over the world truly do love it.

If Your Family is Addicted to Pizza, There's a Solution

Pizza -- according to a study from the University of Michigan, it’s one of the most addicting foods in the world. This is because pizza is usually comprised of several addictive foods. The dough is often packed with sugar, as is the sauce that goes on top of it. Cheese in itself has an ingredient called casein, which essentially acts like an opiate as it enters your bloodstream.

Luckily, pizza doesn’t have to be unhealthy. In fact, cooking pizza the Italian way is likely to result in a fairly healthy meal more often than not. Getting over-the-counter pizza on a Friday night may have been fun in college, but as an adult with your own home, you may be desiring something a bit more artisan (and healthy) these days.

Pollo al Mattone baked in the Fontana wood-fired oven

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Today we will make POLLO AL MATTONE, or "Chicken under a Brick" which we will bake to perfection in the Fontana wood-fired oven. Pollo al Mattone is a delicious, flavorful and ancient Tuscan recipe. Some even claim that this dish dates back to the ancient Etruscans. Some potatoes were added to the dish to make the meal more complete.

3 Reasons to Invest In Outdoor Pizza Ovens

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If you've been looking at outdoor pizza ovens for sale and just can't convince yourself to pull the trigger, it's time to stop procrastinating and make the buy! Wood fired pizza ovens straight from Italy are becoming all the rage in homes and even businesses across the United States and we have plenty to choose from to fit your desires and budget.

5 Reasons Wood Fired Pizza Ovens Are Better

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Modern pizza first graced the face of the Earth in 1889. An Italian baker by the name of Raffaele Esposito made a dish involving bread topped with tomato, cheese, and seasoning for the Italian King Unberto and Queen Margherita. Not only did the royalty love his creation, it quickly spread like wildfire across the entire country. Since then, pizza has become a culinary favorite across the world, especially in the United States. Now, 93% of Americans eat pizza at least once every month. The average person consumes 46 slices every year. In fact, humans like pizza so much that every second of the day, 350 slices of pizza are simultaneously being eaten.

2015 in Pizza: Pizza Saves Lives, Pizza Rat, and So Much More

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VICE's popular food vertical Munchies just published the kind of 2015 Year in Review that we can really get behind. Rather than counting down the major events, tragedies, and disappointments of the past year, the Munchies staff recapped all the major pizza-related news of the year that was. And when you specialize in selling authentic Italian wood fired pizza ovens, all pizza-related news is good news.

This Dad's Pizza Accessory Is the Perfect Solution For Picky Eaters

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A tip of the chef's hat to "local dad" Blake Pierman, a Michigan man being honored for his new pizza-cooking tool.

The Bath Township, MI dad says his pizza personalization tool Your Slyce will put an end to dinner time arguments over the best pizza toppings. Plus, Pierman says it's been wonderful for his own brood of picky eaters.

To Microwave Or Not To Microwave? You're Eating Leftover Pizza Wrong!

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As a company that takes great pride in our outdoor pizza ovens and wood fired pizza oven kits, we obviously have strong feelings about the best ways to cook pizza. Not only are wood fired pizza ovens a great excuse to gather together with family and friends, but they're also a great way to make tasty pizzas by hand. Of course, if you're like us, then you often end up with quite a few leftover slices in your refrigerator come Monday morning.

What Do Master Pizza Makers Cook Their Perfect Pizzas With? Find Out!

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Outdoor wood fired pizza ovens are about the highest-tier, highest quality pieces of equipment for creating perfect, Italian-style pizzas around. People all over the world love pizza, so much so that experts estimate in America alone, 350 slices are eaten each second. That's about 45 large pizza boxes every second in our country.

Fontana Ovens Has a Long History of Quality Craftsmanship

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The Fontana tradition of excellence and craftsmanship goes back to 1945, when Giuseppe Fontana, the eldest of nine children, returned from the war to his hometown of San Lorenzo In Campo in the Marche region of Italy. Needing a vocation, he started a small blacksmith and farrier’s shop, making cast-iron tools for the farmers in the surrounding countryside and shoeing their horses.