Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time of year to get those pizza ovens fired up and get creative. No, we’re not talking about cooking your entire Christmas roast (though that is possible!), we want to spread the festive cheer by giving you a few ideas for some easy peasy, tasty festive treats! These recipes are great for parties, nibbles and movie nights.
Shortbread is a great snack to have at hand over the festive period. It pairs well with mulled wine, hot chocolates and a whole host of other ripples too! These shortbread stars are perfect for leaving out for Santa, a quick and easy homemade gift or perhaps you just want something yummy to nibble on Christmas Eve.
Ingredients(Makes 12 stars):
• 150g plain flour
• 100g butter
• 50g caster sugar
• 1tsp vanilla extract
- First you will need to fire up your oven to its optimum temperature, then allow it cool until it reaches around 130°c.
- Next you will need to mix the flour and butter into a bowl, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Then pop in the sugar and vanilla extract and mix together until you have a ball of dough.
- Once the dough is smooth, wrap it in some clingfilm and chill in the fridge for about an hour.
- Whilst you are waiting for your dough to cool, line a high heat-baking tray with baking parchment.
- Next take your dough out of the fridge and roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is around 1cm thick.
- Using a star cutter of your choice, cut out the biscuits and pop them onto your pre-lined baking tray.
- Next, place the biscuits into your wood fired oven for around 30 minutes, or until they are a pale gold colour.
- Whilst your biscuits are cooling, dust over some caster sugar for a festive finishing touch.
PIGS IN BLANKETS
Christmas isn’t complete without some scrummy pigs in blankets. Impress your party guests with this Christmassy nibble, honey-glazed pigs in blankets with cranberry dipping sauce. They are so delicious you may just want a plate full of these for Christmas dinner!
• 60ml (4 tbsp) runny honey
• A pack of smoked bacon
• 900g (2 lb) good-quality chipolatas
• Cranberry Sauce (shop bought or homemade)
Start by firing up your wood fired oven to its optimum temperature and allow the oven to cool down to a roasting environment. Maintain the temperature at 200 degrees C.
1. Unless you have bought cocktail sausages, you’ll need to divide up your chipolatas.
2. Twist each one in the middle and cut in half.
3. Add them to the sticky honey in a large bowl.
4. When you are happy that all the sausages have a good coverage, tip the sausages and the sauce into a roasting tin lined with foil and cook in your wood fired oven for 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally.
Serve on a wooden board; you can add some Christmas decoration like a sprig of holly to be a bit fancy and place the cranberry sauce on the side in its glass jar for dipping!
CHRISTMAS CRANBERRY & BRIE PARCELS
A scrummy addition to any festive Christmas party spread!
• Shop bought (17 1/4 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
• 1 lb Brie cheese
• Cranberry sauce (purchased or homemade)
Fire up your pizza oven as per usual. Bring the oven up to maximum temperature. This recipe is perfect after roasting or pizza cooking as the oven is already hot and saturated with heat. Let the oven temperature gradually cool to baking temperature, for this recipe around 250° C. Sweep all the embers out and place the door in the doorway.
1. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the sheets into approximately 3 inch x 3 inch squares.
2. Press each square into a muffin cavity.
3. Cube the cheese – about a 3/4 inch cube for each (you may have a little cheese left over).
4. Place a cube of brie in the center of each puff pastry square. Top the brie with a small dollop (about 2 tsp) of cranberry sauce.
5. Bake for about 10 minutes or until puff pastry corners are toasted golden brown & the sauce and cheese is lightly bubbling for that authentic wood fired look!
Follow the pizza recipe on the blog below for a perfect pizza-oven pizza.
To make a snowman pizza simply create three different sizes and align them to make a snowman shape prior to baking.