During our recent visit to Hacienda Uzhupud we were kept very busy.
One of the activities that they planned for us was making pizzas in the wood fired oven. In Cuenca, there are a few pizza shops that use wood ovens and the flavor is amazing.
Pizzas for the Whole Family
Uzhupud has a pizza expert on staff that oversees (and teaches) this activity. He is from Paute (where the hacienda is located) and spent years working at a New York City pizza shop. His pizza dough tossing skills were insane.
We were taught how to mix the dough, spread it out and to toss it. Drew loved getting up to her elbows in the dough – and spreading the sauce and ingredients.
The sauce was made beforehand with tomatoes and spices grown on Hacienda.
As you will see from the video, we were first taught how to do everything and then we did it ourselves. While our pizza was a little uglier than his, it tasted just as good. He also made a dessert pizza with a mild cheese sauce and freshly sliced pear – amazing!
Our Pizza Making Experience at Uzhupud
The whole experience was relaxed and well prepared. When we arrived for the activity the ingredients were set out and the oven was hot. The manager of the Hacienda was waiting to meet us and we were offered a glass of wine.
The climate in Paute is noticeably warmer than in nearby Cuenca. We prepared the pizzas in an outside kitchen, overlooking the open dining area.
Watch Us Make a Wood Oven Pizza From Scratch
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Preparing the Pizza Dough
Out of the Wood Fired Oven
Pizza Being Served Up
The Finished Product: Scratch Pizza from a Wood Oven
Candied Walnuts and Salad
The homemade pizza wasn’t the only food we enjoyed at Uzhupud. I loved the higos con queso – a traditional Ecuadorian dessert.
What About You?
Have you ever made pizza in a wood fired oven? What is your best pizza making story (disaster)?