Are you a pizza lover?  If you’ve got the “dough”, a pizza oven can be a great addition to any home!  In this post we’ll give you pizza ovens ideas, the history of pizza, and pizza recipes to assist you in All Things Pizza.

Pictures & Resources

First, let’s get your creative juices flowing with pictures of a few of the pizza ovens we’ve installed in some of our custom homes.

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2014 Utah Valley Parade of Homes entry “McDaniel Manor”.

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This pizza oven made it’s debut in our 2014 Utah Valley Parade of Homes entry “McDaniel Manor” and was a hit from the get go. People loved the idea of a basement kitchenette complete with a pizza oven – conveniently located down the hall from the home theater. Pizza/movie night is a frequent occurrence at this home.

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This wood burning pizza oven is nestled in the “castle” house basement kitchenette (as it’s known in the area) of our 2010 Utah Valley Parade of Homes entry.

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So what’s the cost to add a pizza oven to your home?  Well, there are a few things to consider:

  • What type of oven do you want?  This website explains the different types available.
  • Additional costs for electrical
  • Additional costs for stack installation and added insulation to create a heat barrier
  • Additional costs for materials and labor to beautify the wall/area the oven is installed

 

The pizza oven above (2014 Parade home pics) cost roughly $18,000.  Keep in mind that the plans included this feature in the new construction.  If you want to install an oven in your existing house, don’t be discouraged.  Just hire a licensed, insured experienced contractor to do the work.  And make sure they are a member of the local Home Builders Association.

The History of Pizza

The history of pizza goes back many years starting with what we know as flatbread.  But the invention of pizza as we know it today (crust with tomato sauce) occurred in the late 18th century.

“The innovation that led to flat bread pizza was the use of tomato as a topping. For some time after the tomato was brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century, it was believed by many Europeans to be poisonous (as are some other fruits of the nightshadefamily). However, by the late 18th century, it was common for the poor of the area around Naples to add tomato to their yeast-based flat bread, and so the pizza began.  The dish gained in popularity, and soon pizza became a tourist attraction as visitors to Naples ventured into the poorer areas of the city to try the local specialty.”

Wikipedia, 2015, July 31 published version. History of Pizza.  Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_pizza.

Now that we know the history of pizza and have ideas of our very own oven with warm, cheesy pizza swirling in our heads, let’s get to the best part… recipes!

Pizza Dough & Sauce Recipes

Pizza Dough Recipe
¾ c. Sugar
¾ c. Potato Flakes/Pearls
3½ c.  HOT water (not boiling-it will kill the yeast)

Mix sugar, potato flakes/pearls, and hot water together with a whisk in a commercial mixer.  Add:

 3 Tbsp. Yeast

Let all ingredients sit for 10 minutes in the mixing bowl to allow the yeast to bubble and work it’s magic.  Change mixer from whisk to dough hook.  Add:

2 tsp. Salt
¾ c. Melted Butter
2 ½ tsp. Vanilla
3 c. Flour
*Additional flour to create soft dough (6-9 cups roughly)  

Mix for 2 minutes.  Slowly add *additional flour in 1 ½-2 c. increments until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl to form a soft dough.  Remove bowl from mixing base and let dough sit for 15 minutes to let the dough rest. 

Divide into 3 groups (enough for 3 thick crust pizzas).  Roll out dough.  Sprinkle pizza stone with corn meal and place pizza on stone.  Add sauce (recipe below) and desired toppings.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until crust is brown on the bottom.  For the best crust results, let pizza stone heat up in the oven for at least 20 minutes prior to baking pizza’s so that the stone is nice and hot.  You’ll get a nice crust.

Pizza Sauce
8 oz. can Tomato Sauce
6 oz. can Tomato Paste
1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. dried Oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together.  This recipe will make enough sauce for 3 large pizzas.  If you want a thinner sauce, add water until desired consistency is achieved.

My favorite pizza?  Blue Cheese Buffalo Chicken.  Baked by Rachel Blog. January 26, 2014 post.