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Uuni on TV and, ya know, in Space [TV SHOW]

We’re used to our fair share of random requests here at Uuni HQ. We’ve seen Uunis put on the back of bicycles and being included in all sorts of festivals and events. But at the end of last year things got even more crazy- we were contacted by 2 sets of TV producers both who wanted to include an Uuni on TV shows!

The first one was for a show hosted by the fabulous Phil Spencer -a new home makeover series called Home Hero. Phil and his makeover team were helping a lovely young family in Kent make the best out of their back garden.

The Uuni was used as part of a fantastic new cooking, dining and entertaining area. It’s great to see this in action on a makeover show as Uuni won an award last year for leading  the outdoor lifestyle/ entertaining trend! You can check out the short programme online here! Thanks Phil!

The late, oh so cosmically great, David Bowie asks ‘Is there life on Mars?’ Well, there’s pizza that’s for sure… The second request was to have Kristian use an Uuni to demonstrate cooking on Mars in the future.. yes, I’m serious! We were to play a small part in the renowned, televised, Royal Institution Christmas Lectures!

This year space doctor Kevin Fong was presenting three lectures on the theme: How to Survive in Space. Uuni was to be used in the final episode- The Next Frontier. We were literally blown away to have Uuni on TV like this – to put it into perspective they were communicating with British astronaut Tim Peak live from the International Space Station as part of the show! Kevin and some esteemed science colleagues talked us through which crops they believe it would be possible to produce on Mars, and lo and behold- they included wheat, tomatoes and basil.. sounds like Space Pizza to us! Check out the full lecture here!

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Holiday Pizza in Uuni: Celebration Recipe!

So the decorations are popping up across the world..  it’s that time again! From the lovely social media postings you’ve been sharing we know that folks are using their Uuni wood-fired ovens for social affairs. This is the season for parties so we wanted to share a couple of our favourite holiday recipes. Here’s one that’s loved at Uuni HQ- Holiday Pizza made of Caramelised Onion, Chestnut and Stilton.

These are great as whole pizzas but can also be adapted to be little dough ball canapés- great for serving with do at your holiday party! PAR-TAY!

Holiday Pizza Recipe

 

– Classic dough

– 5-6 baked chestnuts (cut into quarters)

– Caramelised onions (1/2 onion, per pizza. Cook slowly on a pan with a spoon of butter for a rich flavour)

-Stilton or another kind of blue cheese

-A Sprig of thyme

 

Holiday Pizza Prepping Method

 

Light up your Uuni.

Score and bake the chestnuts in a small pan in the Uuni for around 8 minutes. (Or buy them ready baked)

Stretch your dough out, slide into the Uuni and bake (without topping) for 1 minute- turning half way.

Take the base out, add the onions as the sauce, then top with the chestnut pieces, cook for another 1 minute.

When the pizza is ready, crumble the stilton on top and serve with a couple of springs of thyme.

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Along Came the Honey Sriracha Pizza 

We’ve been really impressed by the images and videos coming in via our social media platforms. (If you haven’t checked out our Instagram please do:)  Recently an Instagrammer named @alongcamepizza has been wowing us with his Uuni-baked creations. – so we asked him to do a blog post on his recipe for Honey Sriracha Pizza.

Over to you Christopher…..:)

Hi I’m Christopher Beattie,  a  26 year old Satellite Systems Analyst that lives in San Francisco, California. I love cooking all types of food from Italian to Indian, but my absolute obsession is pizza!

My fiance organized a surprise “pizza-making” date night for us almost 4 years ago, and little did she know that would spark my love for the pizza craft.

Since then I have been working tirelessly to perfect my somewhat traditional Neapolitan dough, and techniques to produce authentic woodfire pizza at home (which happens to be a really, a tiny apartment).

Along comes Uuni! It is just not practical for me to have a large, traditional wood- fired oven due to limited-space.

The Uuni has dramatically improved my pizza skills, and more importantly, the taste of my pizza. I hope my blog helps to inspire other crazy enthusiasts!

Here’s a recipe from one of my latest cooking sessions:

Honey Sriracha Pizza 

 

Ingredients: 

Dough – naturally leavened:

– “00” grade flour

– 20% leaven

– The leaven contributes both water and flour so it is important to consider that when calculating the total hydration. My leaven is 80% water, so it supplements an additional 56% flour and 44% flour depending on the initial flour amount.

– 65% water

– 2.5% salt

Sauce –

– Any ole’ honey will do

– Sriracha

Fried buttered tofu (cubed or sliced, extra firm)

Honey

Sliced scallions

A few sprigs of cilantro (coriander)

A sprinkle of Sesame Seeds

Method:

– Pan fry the tofu in a generous amount of butter until golden brown. Make sure they are cool before they are placed on the raw dough.

– Cut the scallions finely, and place in a bowl of ice water to get them to curl into unique swirls. Evenly spread on the pizza after it has been baked.

– Place cilantro on after the pizza has been baked.

– The sesame seeds can be cooked prior or after depending on if they are already roasted. Aesthetically, they looked better when sprinkled after the pizza has baked.

Tips!

  • Know your audience when applying the sriracha! It will be spicer after the pizza has baked, and make sure to balance out with honey.

3 guys. 1 day: 180 Uuni Pizzas. [Pop-up Restaurant Idea]

Editors note: This is a special guest blog post from our friends at  Buddies’ Bistro who made 180 Uuni Pizzas in one day.

Hei! We are the guys behind Buddies’ Bistro  a Pop-Up Pizzeria launched at the last Restaurant Day in Helsinki.

Being ambitious pizza makers for years and having used Uunis since their very first iteration, we decided to take them to the next level! Our goal was to use our Uunis and prepare unforgettable pizzas for as many people as possible within one day. After careful planning and several test cooks we were ready for the big day!

We prepared 20 kilograms of dough ready to be shaped into perfect pizza bases and finalised our shortlist of perfect toppings down to 3 menu options for the day.

We set up our restaurant in the middle of a park in central Helsinki. We fired up the Uunis and were ready to serve our 1st customers. 1,2,3, people were flocking to our restaurant.. and we couldn’t take a break in the whole day!  8 hours later we were done, having prepared 180 pizzas and completely running out of ingredients!

Not bad for 3 guys using 2 ovens. Restaurant Day was a huge success. We produced 22.5 pizzas an hour, which translates to only about 2.5 minutes per pizza including taking orders, preparing and baking. Now that’s fast.

Here we would like to share the recipe of our best-selling pizza that day, the Tirolese.

 Uuni Pizzas Ingredients:

 

– Classic dough

– Passata di pomodoro – seasoned with salt, olive oil and oregano

– Crumbled Mozzarella

– Sliced Tyrolean Speck  / Prosciutto

– Chanterelles

– Caramelised Onion

– Fresh Rosemary

 Method

Light up the Uuni. While waiting for the Uuni to get hot, rinse the chanterelles and cut them into halves. Take the ham and cut it into small pieces too. Once the dough is shaped into a pizza base, cover it with a few spoons of tomato sauce.

Top with some pieces of mozzarella, then place the pieces of ham and chanterelles . Finally put some caramelised onion on the pizza and it is ready to go into the Uuni for 2/3 minutes. Don’t forget to turn it at least once so it gets cooked evenly.

When the pizza is out, add some fresh rosemary and then enjoy 🙂

 

Eat great pizza, buddies!

Cheers,  Luki and Juuso- Buddies’ Bistro.

Asparagus Pizza with Sweet Potato & Feta Cheese

The combination of sweet potato and salty feta and fresh asparagus flavours makes this Asparagus Pizza one of Uuni’s most popular vegetarian recipes! You get the perfect roasted veggie taste by popping the sweet potato and asparagus in a pan in the Uuni with a bit of oil and seasoning for a couple of minutes prior to topping your pizza with it.

The results: Shazam! Magic.

Asparagus Pizza Recipe

 

– Classic dough

– Classic sauce

– 4 asparagus spears

– 1/2 small sweet potato

– Mozzarella

– Handful of crumbed feta

– Salt & pepper to season

Method

First light up your Uuni.

While you wait for your Uuni to heat up, wash and peel your sweet potato.

Once fully peeled, chop the sweet potato into very small cubes (about 1-2cm).

Now, wash your asparagus spears and chop the ends off. Place the vegetables in a roasting tin with oil and seasoning. (rosemary tastes great in there too!) Take out of the Uuni after a couple of minutes when browned nicely.

Next, spread your classic dough over a well-floured pizza peel and cover with a few tablespoons of classic pizza sauce.

Add a few slices of mozzarella, followed by your roasted asparagus spears and sweet potato cubes.

Slide your pizza into the Uuni and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes. Use your pizza peel to turn the pizza at least once during this time to ensure an even cook and colour.

Once the Asparagus Pizza crusts are looking golden brown, remove the pizza from the heat and crumble a small handful of feta over the top. Season to taste.

 

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Sweet Strawberry Pie In Wood Fired Oven

Uuni fans know that our little wood-fired oven is very versatile and whilst we excel at pizzas and savoury food, Uuni-baked desserts are awesome too! Try this family favourite.. a Strawberry Pie in 3 minutes! Fast and fabulous.

Strawberry Pie Ingredients

 

  • Shortcrust pastry rolled thinly (approx 2mm) (or use puff pastry for a  more flaky texture!)
  • A handful of fresh strawberries
  • Small bar of dark chocolate
  •  Strawberry jam
  •  Clotted cream or vanilla ice cream

Method

Light up your Uuni.

Spread your pastry over a lightly floured pizza peel (pizza style). We used pre-rolled because we love a quick dessert, but homemade is, of course, great too!

Smooth a few tablespoons of your favourite strawberry jam on top. Make sure you leave a little space at the edges for a pastry crust.

As soon as your Uuni is up to temperature, place your strawberry pizza inside and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes. Use your pizza peel to turn your pizza at least once during this time. This will ensure an even cook and colour.

Once the pastry crust looks golden brown, remove from the heat. Arrange fresh strawberry slices on top of the pie.

Grate or peel a couple of squares of dark chocolate and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Tomato and Ricotta Pizza in wood-fired oven

Here is a simple Tomato and Ricotta pizza recipe that provides a great alternative to the traditional margherita. Although it’s great on its own or with a salad, this recipe also works very well with roast asparagus spears and tender-stem broccoli on top.

These heathy extra toppings make for a colourful and hearty feast. To add large pieces of green veg to a pizza; you can pre-roast them in the Uuni with some olive oil prior to putting them on the pizza.

Tomato and Ricotta Pizza Recipe

 

Classic dough

Classic sauce

Ricotta cheese

Sun-dried tomatoes

Fresh chives, chopped

Method

First, light up your Uuni and allow it to heat up. While you wait, spread your classic dough over a well-floured pizza peel. 

Cover the dough base with a few spoons of Uuni’s classic sauce, followed by a handful of chopped chives. Next, scatter several sun-dried tomatoes over the pizza. 

Slide the Tomato and Ricotta pizza into the Uuni and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes, rotating at least once or twice to maintain an even cook.

When your pizza looks golden brown and piping hot, use your pizza peel to remove it from the heat. 

Finally, add a few dollops of ricotta cheese. Season to taste.

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Strawberry Pizza – Wimbledon season recipe!

It might sound unusual, but this combination of sweet, juicy strawberries, salty feta and balsamic vinegar is.. ACE! Strawberry Pizza is just great for summer parties and hungry Wimbledon watchers.

Strawberry Pizza with Feta Cheese

 

Recipe

 Classic dough

–  4 medium strawberries, sliced

– 1 tsp honey

– a drizzle of balsamic vinegar

–  a handful of fresh basil

–  crumbled feta

Method

First, light up your Uuni.

Wash your strawberries and slice them up evenly. Leave in a colander to dry.

Now,spread your classic dough over a floured pizza peel.

Bake the stretched pizza base without any toppings for approximately 2 minutes.

Cover the pizza base with your sliced strawberries, feta and fresh basil.

Mix together the honey and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl and drizzle over the pizza. Season to taste (strawberries are great with cracked black pepper!)

Serve: LOVE/LOVE!

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Some hae meat?

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
‘Selkirk Grace’ by Robert Burns

It’s Burns Night this Sunday! Every 25th January, Scots around the world meet to eat, drink, read poetry and celebrate our national poet, Robert Burns.

It’s impossible to talk about Burns Night or Burns Suppers without giving that rarest of all the highland creatures, haggis a mention. Haggis, Neeps (turnips) and Tatties (potatoes) is the traditional Burns Supper fayre (washed down with tonnes of whisky too!) Although I’m Scottish, I’m also a vegetarian so real haggis is not my *favourite*- there’s a great veggie haggis though. It’s just like Robert Burns says: some can have meat and some don’t.  Yes, I appreciate I’m lucky to have the choice:)

So folks, this Sunday- get your friends together, get a book of Burns poems and have a go at pronouncing old Scots, get some haggis, neeps and tatties.. or for you culinary adventurers why not fire up the Uuni and try a haggis pizza!? Sounds good to me. (if it’s veggie!)

And fare thee weel, my only love. 
And fare thee weel awhile! 
And I will come again, my love, 
Though it were ten thousand mile.

(From Burns’ A Red, Red Rose)

Uuni Wins Best Product 2014 – East London Design Show

A massive thank you to the judges who voted our Uuni wood fired oven the Best Product 2014 at the East London Design Show this week!

This was our very first show and what do you know? ~We won Best Product 2014! We had a blast showing off the Uuni to the thousands of visitors in the Truman Brewery on London’s famous Brick Lane. We hope all the new Uuni owners and giftees will have a great time using theirs:)

Uuni holds design quality right up there alongside; ease of use, efficiency and affordability for all our products and it was truly an honour to be recognised in this way. THANKS!