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Handmade and homemade: how to do pizza dough bases from scratch

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Where can you buy San Marzano Tomatoes in the UK? – Autumn 2015 update

A few readers have pointed out that the most common stockists of canned San Marzano tomatoes in the UK are nearly all marked out of stock.  I believe this is a seasonal issue, and will change over the coming weeks.  But … Continue reading

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September pizza from my wood-fired oven – the tricks I’ve learned by trial and error

I’ve been experimenting with my wood-fired oven for nearly a year, on and off, and in the last few months I’ve been working on my dough.  The key breakthrough was moving away from 70% hydrated dough down to 55% hydration, … Continue reading

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Building my Wood-Fired Brick Oven – Part 1

In 2010, my wife bought me an inspiring baking course for my 38th Birthday at the Natural Bread Company, then based at the semi-rural Manor Farm, Wantage. This real bread bakery is one of only around 5 such outlets in my home … Continue reading

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Getting San Marzano Tomatoes in the UK – Autumn 2014 update

Getting those Pomodoro San Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino DOP has not got easier, but a few online Italian delis seem to be taking a good deal of trade (maybe in small part thanks to the thousands of hits from this blog?), and … Continue reading

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Perfecting the Sauce: My Recipe for an Artesan Style Italian Pizza Sauce

We all want to serve a stunning gourmet pizza to our guests, but do you sometimes get the feeling you are iterating toward something you may never achieve.  The secret is in the sauce (and a number of other things). … Continue reading

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Saucing perfection: Where to buy canned San Marzano tomatoes in the UK?

Having got heavily into baking 4 years ago, and planning to build a wood-fired oven in the back yard during Summer 2013 – I found myself studying pizza-making in its most artisan extreme.  Why is it, I wondered, that pizza … Continue reading

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