Baking pizza under the olive trees

Hi Everyone,

How are you? Enjoying summer?

Due to a ton of different reasons we drove down – 2000 km’s yes – unexpectedly to Puglia, the car loaded with some small furniture. This week was the only one still available and I was eager to redecorate Casa Vita.

Just some small things I added, but for me interior design is about details and colors. Want to see what we brought?

This étalagère and two old antique plates (with garland with roses) I bought at the garage sale at the Yvestownshop. And it matches perfectly with the kitchen tiles and cactus bowl and jug.

Then this cute little ‘cloud table’ from Sissy Boy and two raspberry colored stools from Westwing.

Two light weight white tables for the white patio.

wooden side tables I made last Spring turned yellow because of the varnish, so I painted new ones, didn’t varnish them anymore, just painted the grinded tops with white oil.

Since it was a rush of coming and going of guests, we did a lot of washing and other chores in and around the house.

Yesterday was a lovely day.  We had family over to visit and for the first time we baked homemade pizza! Oldest had tried it in June with his friends and they found it to be the best pizza ever 😉

Did you ever make pizza yourselves? What’s your receipe?
Here’s how we did it:

  • Use small dry wood (there’s plenty from the olive trees here) together with some paper to get the fire going
  • Certainly take enough wood (the fire went out a little bit too soon for five pizzas)
  • Let it burn till the wood has turned into red coal
  • Move the coal to the sides, so you get an empty space in the middle
  • Take fresh dough from the bakery here in Ostuni (you get five pizzas out of one kilo of dough). Take the dough out of the fridge one hour before. Cut in pieces and roll into balls. Roll it out on plenty of flour.
  • Put enough flour on the plate so the pizza doesn’t stick to the plate. Put the dough on the plate before you start “decorating.”
  • The toppings: some tomato sauce and any other toppings you prefer (I used peppers, olives, tomatoes, anchovies, capers) and of course mozzarella (ask for mozzarella specifically for pizzas–it must be dryer than the regular one).
  • Don’t over do it with toppings; the pizza might get too heavy, and the crust will fall apart
  • Put the pizza in the middle of the oven and close the door
  • Check regularly, and turn the pizza a little bit, so it won’t stick to the stone
  • It takes about fifteen minutes for a pizza to get ready

Buon appetito!


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  • Reply Reinhilde 17 July 2018 at 19:38

    Even lekker als bij Gran Duca?

    • Reply Sophia 18 July 2018 at 14:07

      Certamente! 😉

  • Reply Frieda 17 July 2018 at 22:06

    Mooie spulletjes heb je meegenomen Sophie. Vooral de etagere vind ik de max. Zou die pizza ook in een gewone oven lukken?? Ik ga het in elk geval proberen.
    Geniet er nog van daar.

    • Reply Sophia 18 July 2018 at 14:07

      Dankjewel Frieda. Laat me weten of het gelukt is!

  • Reply Tanja 18 July 2018 at 21:43

    ooh ziet er super uit! Geniet er nog van!!

    • Reply Sophia 19 July 2018 at 07:31

      Thanks! X

  • Reply Rianne 24 July 2018 at 15:11

    Ziet er allemaal weer super uit; leuke decoratie en heerlijke pizza’s! Fijne vakantie daar en tot gauw weer Xx

    • Reply Sophia 24 July 2018 at 21:03

      Dankjewel, tot binnenkort! X

  • Reply Margot Renders 1 August 2018 at 10:50

    Geniet van jullie mooie plekje, het ziet er heel gezellig uit allemaal !
    Een goeie tip om de pizza niet te overladen !
    Fijne vakantie nog xx

    • Reply Sophia 1 August 2018 at 11:55

      Hey Margot, Dankjewel! Het was een blitzbezoekje, dus we zijn alweer terug. Maar we hebben nog goede vooruitzichten om nog eens pizza te bakken: eind augustus! X

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