You’ll find the cob pizza oven in the Garden Kitchen, available for everyone staying in a treehouse or a bell tent to use. It's all part of the West Lexham glamping experience, so we definitely recommend giving it a go.
It takes a lot of wood and a fair amount of time (around 30-40 mins) to get the fire raging, so if possible, we recommend teaming up with your fellow West Lexhamers when lighting the oven.
Once lit, please make sure that the fire is attended at all times and that children are kept under a watchful eye - it gets extremely hot in there!
First, scrunch up some sheets of newspaper and make a pile towards the back of the pizza oven. Now add some pieces of kindling directly on top. You should find plenty of paper, kindling and wood under the oven in the Garden Kitchen.
Next, pack more newspaper and kindling onto the pile. If unsure, be quite generous at this stage… this is what is going to help light the logs! Now stack some smaller logs around the kindling and newspaper. Try to create a teepee shape, assuring air flow underneath the logs.
Mix it all together and knead for 10 minutes until an elastic dough is formed. Coat the ball in oil then place it in a bowl and cover. Leave it next to the oven until it’s doubled in size.
Next, break off portions of the ball and shape into your pizza base. The recipe should make 3-4 pizzas depending on thickness.
For an extra punch of flavour, start by gently frying some finely chopped garlic.
Simmer until the recipe has reduced by ⅓, stirring regularly.
Once you’ve made your dough base, add a thin spread of sauce along with your favourite pizza toppings. The fire should have been burning for 30-40 minutes at this point.
Cook your pizza on the opposite side of the oven to where you have pushed your fire and keep a close eye on it to avoid burning.
After a few minutes, turn your pizza to make sure that it’s cooked evenly on both sides.
Keep adding wood as required to keep the flames and embers going as you cook the rest of your pizzas.