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Sweet and Savory: Dessert Options for Your Wood-Fired Pizza Menu

Wood-fired pizza ovens are a fantastic addition to any backyard or restaurant. These versatile ovens aren't just for making traditional pizza; they can be used to create a wide variety of delicious desserts that will leave your guests craving more.

At Authentic Pizza Ovens Australia, we understand the magic of wood-fired cooking, and we're here to inspire you with sweet and savory dessert options to expand your wood-fired pizza menu.

 

Why Choose a Wood-Fired Pizza Oven?

Before we dive into the mouthwatering recipes, let's explore why a wood-fired pizza oven is a must-have for any culinary enthusiast:

  1. Unique Flavour: The intense heat and smoky aroma from the wood fire infuse your dishes with a distinct and unparalleled flavour.
  2. Versatility: From pizzas to roasts and desserts, the possibilities are endless with a wood-fired oven.
  3. Quick Cooking Time: The high temperatures ensure that your food cooks quickly and evenly, perfect for both savory and sweet dishes.
  4. Aesthetic Appeal: A wood-fired oven adds a rustic and authentic touch to your outdoor kitchen, making it a focal point for gatherings.

Related: Beyond Pizza: Roasting, Smoking, and More with Your Wood-Fired Oven

 

Sweet Wood-Fired Desserts

Wood-Fired Apple Crisp

1. Wood-Fired Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups sliced apples
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your wood-fired oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Pour into a cast-iron skillet.
  3. In another bowl, mix the oats, brown sugar, and flour. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples.
  4. Place the skillet in the wood-fired oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the apples are tender.
  5. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

Chocolate Hazelnut Calzone

2. Chocolate Hazelnut Calzone

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (like Nutella)
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your wood-fired oven to 500°F (260°C).
  2. Roll out the pizza dough into a large circle.
  3. Spread the chocolate hazelnut spread over half of the dough, leaving a 1-inch border.
  4. Sprinkle the chopped hazelnuts and mini marshmallows over the spread.
  5. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges to seal.
  6. Place the calzone in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

 

Wood-Fired Berry Cobbler

3. Wood-Fired Berry Cobbler

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your wood-fired oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a bowl, toss the berries with 1/2 cup sugar and lemon juice. Pour into a greased cast-iron skillet.
  3. In another bowl, mix the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and baking powder. Stir in the milk and melted butter until combined.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of the batter over the berries.
  5. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the topping is golden and the berries are bubbly.
  6. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

 

Savory Cheese and Herb Focaccia

4. Savory Cheese and Herb Focaccia

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your wood-fired oven to 500°F (260°C).
  2. Roll out the pizza dough into a rectangle.
  3. Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with minced garlic, rosemary, Parmesan cheese, and sea salt.
  4. Place the dough on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. Cut into squares and serve warm.

 

Bacon and Date Pizza

5. Bacon and Date Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup dates, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Fresh arugula for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your wood-fired oven to 500°F (260°C).
  2. Roll out the pizza dough into a circle.
  3. Spread the ricotta cheese over the dough and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, dates, and bacon.
  4. Drizzle with honey.
  5. Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.
  6. Garnish with fresh arugula before serving.

 

Tips for Perfect Wood-Fired Desserts

  1. Monitor the Temperature: Wood-fired ovens can vary in temperature. Use an infrared thermometer to ensure consistent heat.
  2. Use Cast-Iron Cookware: Cast-iron skillets and pans distribute heat evenly and can withstand the high temperatures of a wood-fired oven.
  3. Rotate Your Dishes: To prevent burning, rotate your desserts halfway through the cooking time.
  4. Experiment with Wood Types: Different woods impart different flavours. Try oak, cherry, or apple wood for unique tastes.
  5. Preheat Properly: Allow your oven to preheat for at least an hour to reach the desired temperature.

 

Enhance Your Culinary Experience with Authentic Pizza Ovens

At Authentic Pizza Ovens, we believe in the power of wood-fired cooking to transform ordinary dishes into extraordinary culinary experiences.

Our range of high-quality wood-fired pizza ovens are designed to bring out the best in your cooking, whether you're making a classic margherita pizza or a decadent dessert.

Related: 5 Easiest Dishes To Cook in A Wood-Fired Oven

 

Why Choose Authentic Pizza Ovens?

  1. Superior Craftsmanship: Our ovens are handcrafted using traditional methods and high-quality materials, ensuring durability and excellent performance.
  2. Variety of Styles: We offer a range of oven styles to suit your aesthetic and functional needs, from compact models for small spaces to larger ovens for big gatherings.
  3. Easy to Use: Our ovens are designed with user-friendly features, making wood-fired cooking accessible to everyone, from beginners to seasoned chefs.
  4. Exceptional Customer Service: We are committed to providing outstanding customer support to help you make the most of your wood-fired cooking experience.

Related: What Are The Benefits In Adding A Wood Fired Pizza Oven To Your Backyard?

 

Explore Our Product Range

  • Residential Ovens: Perfect for home use, our residential ovens are compact, efficient, and stylish. They are ideal for creating delicious meals for your family and friends.
  • Commercial Ovens: Designed for professional use, our commercial ovens are robust and capable of handling high volumes, making them perfect for restaurants and catering businesses.
  • Portable Ovens: Our portable ovens offer the same great performance in a convenient, mobile package. Take them to your next outdoor event and impress your guests with wood-fired delights.

 

Conclusion

Adding a wood-fired pizza oven to your kitchen opens up a world of culinary possibilities. From sweet treats like apple crisp and chocolate hazelnut calzones to savory delights like cheese and herb focaccia and prosciutto and fig flatbread, these ovens can handle it all.

At Authentic Pizza Ovens, we are passionate about helping you discover the joys of wood-fired cooking. Explore our range of high-quality ovens and start creating memorable meals today. Visit Authentic Pizza Ovens to find the perfect wood-fired oven for your needs.

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