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.
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.
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 - 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.
Metric measurements or Imperial measurements? That is the question! Precise measurements of all ingredients are imperative to the success of baking. Here are the reasons for using digital scales.
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.
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, 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.
CAPONATA, a typical sweet and sour Sicilian dish, is a flavorful accompaniment to just about any meal. This vegetarian dish prepared on the Fontana Pizza e Cucina wood-fired stovetop, is a unique medley of incredible flavors, a true symphony to the palate! Serve it hot or cold, and most importantly accompanied by freshly baked bread.
A delicious Sweet Potato Casserole just in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays baked in the Fontana wood-fired oven. Graciously shared by our friend Vickye many years ago, this simple recipe has definitely become a traditional favorite and a great comfort food for our family and friends.
Today on the Fontana Pizza e Cucina wood-fired Oven, we are preparing a delicious Cranberry Sauce perfect for Thanksgiving and the Holidays. Fresh cranberries, a little cinnamon, sugar and orange zest, plus an awesome wood-fired oven, and VOILÀ...a perfect cranberry sauce in no time at all.
Today a delicious Thanksgiving TURKEY is prepared and then baked in the Fontana Brick Oven. The possibilities with this Italian made Fontana Gusto wood-fired oven are countless and the result is always delicious.
What is a Thanksgiving Feast without a delicious bread STUFFING? Today we will prepare my husband's famous and delicious stuffing baked to perfection inside the Fontana wood-fired oven. All agree that this is always a big hit when feasting around the table with family and friends.
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!
In the Fontana wood-fired oven we prepare roasted cherry tomato bruschetta, a delicious and simple appetizer. Simply slice some French baguettes, drizzle each with olive oil and top them with oven roasted cherry tomatoes. Delicious with the addition of Feta cheese right before you serve.
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.
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?
Roasted, blackened bell peppers are easily prepared in the wood-fired oven and are perfect for the preparation of many delicious dishes.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Nothing compares to the aroma that permeates the air when Triple Berry Scones are baked in the Fontana wood-fired oven. Complemented by the marriage of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, these scones are delicious and irresistible any time of the day.
Baked directly inside the Italian wood-fired oven, nothing compares to hot, buttery SCONES. Fresh cherries and dark chocolate complement and complete this delicious treat to be served for any occasion.
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.
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?
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.
Want a quick, easy and delicious sauce? POMAROLA is just what you are looking for. Simply combine tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil and you will have discovered a new family favorite. You will soon find out that you will never need to use store-bought sauce again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today the menu is FISH and POTATOES accompanied by roasted cherry tomatoes. Who says you can only cook Pizza in the wood-fired oven? Fish accompanied by potatoes and cherry tomatoes are an ideal and perfectly delicious meal all prepared in the Mangiafuoco wood-fired oven. Let me show you the simple steps to preparing this meal.
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.
Thinking of enjoying some fine Italian cuisine soon? We all are! It's been shown that over 93% of Americans eat at least one slice of pizza per month, so there's a fairly high chance you're right up there with us.
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.
Outdoor pizza ovens have quickly become one of the country's newest must-have pieces of exterior design and functionality. Not only do they make incredibly tasty dishes, but they can do so in efficient time too (a pizza can be made in as little as 90 seconds after a wood burning pizza oven has heated up).
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.
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.
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.
If you make or order a lot of pizza, you've probably wondered about what sort of pizza ovens produce the best pizzas or what the best way to cook pizza is.
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.
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.
In one of the more interesting pieces of news you'll read about wood fired pizza ovens today, the mayor of the Italian town of San Vitaliano recently issued an edict banning restaurants' use of the Italian wood fired pizza ovens for the next three months.
Our Fontana trip to California was a special treat. A. Silvestri Co., Tartine Bakery, and Friedman's Home Improvement were just some of the places we visited.
There's nothing quite like a cheesy, crispy, and handmade pizza pie. Unfortunately, most pizzerias don't even come close to the authentic taste of Italy, and those that do charge outrageous prices for small pies that don't even feed the entire family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So how can the Pizza Diet actually be good for your health? First, no one is recommending an all-pizza all the time diet. But multiple studies have shown that men with "a little extra padding" are less at risk from serious diseases like "pneumonia, burns, stroke, cancer, hypertension, and heart disease."
There's a common perception that something is changing in American life, that families are no longer taking the time to sit down together around the dinner table. It's an old belief, one that's been around ever since that first frozen dinner was popped in the microwave.
Too often, American cuisine is defined by convenience.
We drive through for fast food. We buy frozen pizzas or order chain pizzas online. One major pizza chain recently advertised a new service allowing consumers to place an order with a single emoji.
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.
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.
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