Today we’re launching Uuni 2, the second generation to follow the ground breaking Uuni wood-fired oven. The launch represents the culmination of months of development work, experimentation and learning.
Here’s two of the key features we are most proud of.
1. Launching Uuni 2 wasn’t easy. The original Uuni made wood-fired cooking available to anyone, anywhere. It brought the cost of entry down from thousands of dollars to just three hundred dollars. It was very well received, especially by the pizza enthusiasts who really wanted to move outdoors to make their creations. NOW the Uuni 2 is even easier to use. Uuni 2 is truly easy enough for anyone to use.
Much of this is thanks to moving away from using a battery powered fan pushing air in, to a chimney that creates draft that pulls air in to the oven. This sounds like a small difference but this has allowed the pellet hopper to be larger thus accommodating around 15-20 minutes worth of pellets. It also makes it easier to have a consistent, steady heat.
2. Uuni 2 is hotter than ever. We’re now cooking a pizza in 2 minutes instead of the previous 3-4 minutes. Between burns, you can now also control the temperature by adjusting the level of the hopper. You can have Uuni 2 burning with a small flame, or at it’s maximum of around 450°C (840°F). While you’ve always been able to cook a variety of things in Uuni, this new level of control really opens up the opportunities to cook foods for longer times, on a lower heat.
We really think you’ll love Uuni 2. Keep an eye on our website in the coming weeks for videos and tips on how to get the best out of Uuni.
We’ve always known that the Uuni is for way more than just cooking pizza and this week I’ve been doing a bit of experimenting with new ideas and recipes. How about one Banana Pie? Yes indeed! That’s one of my very favourite courses 🙂
In my camping days…(less prevalent now!) We loved making baked bananas on campfires. So easy! You’d just slice the banana length ways (skin still on), stuff it with chocolate buttons, wrap it in foil and throw it into the fire. The outside skin would blacken and the inside would be a gooey lovely mess to be scooped out with a spoon. Yum. Working with the gooey banana idea and combining with another childhood favourite -banofee pie- I decided to create a (*ever so* slightly more grown up version) Salted Caramel Banana Pie, surely something that would appeal to all ages at our garden party this weekend.
Banana Pie Recipe:
For the salted caramel * note: you can buy this pre-made from supermarkets for an even quicker dessert.
200g(1 cup) granulated sugar
90g (6 Tablespoons) salted butter, cut up into pieces
120ml (1/2 cup) double cream
1 teaspoon salt
Puff pastry, rolled thinly (approx 2mm)
1-2 bananas, sliced
(Vanilla ice-cream to serve) *optional
For the Caramel Sauce: (*you can also buy readymade to save time)
Heat granulated sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula.
Sugar will form into clumps and eventually melt into a thick brown, amber-coloured liquid as you continue to stir. Be careful not to burn.
Once sugar is completely melted, add the butter. (Be careful in this step because the caramel will bubble rapidly when the butter is added.)
Stir the butter into the caramel until it is completely melted, about 2-3 minutes.
Very slowly, drizzle in the cream. (Since the cream is colder than the caramel, the mixture will rapidly bubble and/or splatter when added.)
Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils.
Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt.
For the Base:
I used pre-made puff pastry for the base. I rolled it very thinly to around 2mm.
Grease a small round tin with butter and cut the pastry to fit.(my tin was 18cm in diameter.)
Spread the salted caramel mixture generously onto the base but leave a 1cm border to allow the puff pastry crust to rise.
Top the caramel sauce with sliced banana.
Place the tin in a hot Uuni for approximately 3 minutes turning midway.
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While pizza bianco isn’t the most popular of choice as pizzas go, you shouldn’t shy away from it. Exit tomato, enter cheese and you’ve got a tasty Seafood Pizza.
Start by topping the base with grated cheddar, mozzarella and olive oil. We often use seafood from one those frozen mixes, just make sure you thaw and dry them first! And finish it of with rosemary sprigs and 3 minutes in your Uuni.
Here’s a healthy idea for a side-dish or base alternative. The wood-fired Courgette Logs straight from the Uuni oven. Enjoy!
Courgette Logs Ingredients:
Mozzarella or cheddar cheese
Extras: torn basil or oregano leaves.
Courgette Logs Recipe
Once you have sliced the courgettes lengthways, generously spread on the tomato sauce to the base and sprinkle on the cheese of your choice. Add basil leaves or thinly sliced peppers and onions for authentic Mediterranean flavour!
Don’t forget to drizzle on the olive oil before putting it in your Uuni for a few minutes. Finish with black pepper and slice diagonally to share!
If you enjoyed this recipe, you should definitely join our mailing list:
We hear from our customers all the time how much they love using their Uuni’s and how much fun they’re having with it. We’d like to collate some of these stories on a Uuni testimonials page on our website.
In return, we’ll give each published testimonial a free Uuni pizza peel and raffle a further two peels between everybody who sends theirs in.
Uuni Testimonials : Here’s what to do:
Write up a short testimonial (roughly 10-100 words).
Now that Uuni is shipping to Kickstarter backers and pre-orders are being fulfilled, we taken a minute to shoot an Uuni Academy video showing you how a pizza is made with an Uuni.
We’ll be producing a lot more of these covering all parts of using Uuni as well as different recipes you can cook with it. If there’s something you’d like to see as a video, let us know in the comments!!