Launching Uuni 2 – Ground Breaking Wood-Fired Oven

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.

 

//Kristian

 

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Salted Caramel Banana Pie [Dessert Recipe]

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

Method:

For the Caramel Sauce: (*you can also buy readymade to save time)

  1. Heat granulated sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula.
  2. 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.
  3. Once sugar is completely melted, add the butter. (Be careful in this step because the caramel will bubble rapidly when the butter is added.)
  4. Stir the butter into the caramel until it is completely melted, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Very slowly, drizzle in the cream. (Since the cream is colder than the caramel, the mixture will rapidly bubble and/or splatter when added.)
  6. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt.

 

For the Base:

  1. I used pre-made puff pastry for the base. I rolled it very thinly to around 2mm.
  2. Grease a small round tin with butter and cut the pastry to fit.(my tin was 18cm in diameter.)
  3. Spread the salted caramel mixture generously onto the base but leave a 1cm border to allow the puff pastry crust to rise.
  4. Top the caramel sauce with sliced banana.
  5. Place the tin in a hot Uuni for approximately 3 minutes turning midway.
  6. Serve with cream or ice-cream. Enjoy!

Keep us posted on your Uuni dessert ideas:)

Darina x

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Uuni Press Coverage – Elle Decor March 2014

We are delighted to be in April’s edition of Elle Decor Magazine USA. The publication has been running since 1989 and has built up a large following who are passionate about design and transforming decor in the home and beyond. Check out this Uuni press coverage.

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St Patrick’s Day Pizza [Spinach & Egg]

Grab a leprechaun hat and a Guinness! Here is a delicious St Patrick’s Day Pizza to bring you some Irish Luck.

Starting with a mozzerella and tomato base:

  1. After gently steaming spinich, place on the base (your four leaf clovers!
  2. Cook in Uuni for a few minutes and crack an egg in the center (aka a gold coin!)
  3. Once back in Uuni, check regularly until the egg firms and the base browns
  4. Enjoy with a sprinkle of salt and pepper!

 

 

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Seafood Pizza with Rosemary [Video Recipe]

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.

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Courgette Logs – Wood-fired Side Dish

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:

  • Courgettes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil
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!

 

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Call for Uuni Testimonials – Here’s what to do

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:

  1. Write up a short testimonial (roughly 10-100 words).
  2. Send it to: hello@uuni.net with ‘Testimonial’ in the subject line.

While you can always send us testimonials, we love hearing them, the raffle will take place at the Uuni HQ on the 6th of February so best get them in soon!

Important: We will publish the name and country with each testimonial in order to be as transparent as possible.

 

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Uuni Selfridges – Now Available in Retail Stores

We’re delighted to say that Uuni’s first venture into a ‘bricks and mortar’ retail space has been a grand one indeed. Uunis are now on sale in Uuni Selfridges on Oxford Street in London.

Selfridges which was voted ‘The World’s Best Department Store’ last year is a London landmark full of beautiful goods and attracts visitors from all over the world.

We’re really excited that the humble Uuni is now there too. Our pizza ovens are exclusively featured as a ‘revolution in pizza making’ as part of Selfridges ‘Make Your Own’ campaign. Happy days.

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Lighting Uuni and Cradle placement (VIDEO)

Most requested video, unsurprisingly has been one that shows lighting Uuni and how exactly you place the cradle where the pellets fall into. Finally yesterday, I had a moment to shoot this.

Also, as I mention in the video pellets sometime get a little stuck in the hopper. Either a little tap works, or you can use a 15 cm long stick to release them. I often use a screw driver.

 

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Uuni Academy, Making a pizza with Uuni

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!!

 

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