Homemade thin crust pizza - The Woodfired Co

What Is The Secret Ingredient For Pizza?

Look, pizza is one of those foods that’s never really bad. Who doesn’t love melted cheese with cooked veggies? With saying that, it’s easy to tell the difference when eating a cheap restaurant-chain pizza versus a pizza that was cooked in a wood-fired oven. As any foodie will not-so-gently remind you, a pizza shouldn’t be tampered with. It should be kept simple and the focus should be on high-quality, fresh ingredients. With this in mind, the experts at The Wood Fired Co let you in on their favourite secret pizza ingredients.

The dough

The cat’s out of the bag. While dough may only be a few simple ingredients, a good dough really is the backbone of a phenomenal pizza. A light, airy texture, crispy on the crust and deliciously chewy on the inside. Although this seems simple enough, so many people get it wrong, resulting in a soggy base or, just as bad, a rock-hard crust. There’s lots of recipes online which will give you different tips and tricks to perfecting your dough, leaving you with a great base. Have a play around and once you find a winner, don’t look back!

The sauce

Homemade pizza sauce is soooo much tastier than a store-bought jar, which leaves you with that artificial, herby taste. Luckily enough, it’s super easy to make, only taking an extra 10 minutes and well worth it. Home-made pizza sauce usually consists of around 4 ingredients - a good quality can of tomatoes (essential), olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. You can add a few extra herbs and spices if you think your sauce needs an extra kick. Oregano, pecorino, basil or thyme are a sure way to jazz it up. A good, authentic sauce isn’t cooked until it makes its way into the pizza oven, allowing it to hold its freshness.

Good quality toppings

Your dough is a blank canvas - it needs to be dressed up. We’re not here to lecture you about your topping choice (so you can relax, pineapple lovers). When topping your pizza you want to make sure all of your ingredients are fresh and of the highest quality. There’s a big different between a good and an average tomato. A great tomato will be a deep red colour and super juicy, whereas an average tomato will be lighter in colour and possess a dull flavour.

Wood-fired pizza oven

There’s nothing better than the smoky flavour a wood-fired pizza holds. A wood-fired pizza oven cooks your pizza at a significantly higher temperature than a conventional oven. This means your pizza cooks quicker, but also leaves your toppings holding their original texture and more nutrients than a normal oven. A wood-fired pizza oven is the only way you’re going to get the dough as good as the Italians do, with a lovely smoky flavour, crispy crust and light and chewy texture on the inside. Now that you’ve got an insider’s knowledge on secret pizza ingredients it’s time to invest in a high quality wood-fired pizza oven. The Wood Fired Co offer a selection of premium quality, Australian-made wood-fired ovens. Check out their impressive range at affordable prices online, or contact The Wood Fired Co today to start your pizza journey.

Homemade thin crust pizza - The Woodfired Co
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