When temperatures hit 100+ degrees I am reluctant to turn the oven on for our weekly pizza night. But I'm also not willing to give up pizza, that's where Bakerstone Pizza Oven Box comes in. The Bakerstone box is a cooking chamber constructed of 5 pieces of refractory stone, encased in steel. It fits most 3 burner outdoor grills and heats up to 600+ degrees. The pizza oven box produces authentic pizza in minutes, without heating up your house.
Don't let the name fool you, the Bakerstone Pizza Box is good for more than just pizza. So far I've roasted eggplant and onions to make a delicious dip,
I made individual pizzas for a party we were having and a Sicilian style square pie (recipe coming soon)
I even baked dessert in it. I can honestly say I am enjoying the Bakerstone Pizza box and the variety of ways it can be used.
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One of my all time favorite cakes is Dorrie Greenspan's Swedish Visiting Cake. Traditionally cooked in a cast iron pan it is perfect for the Bakerstone.
Swedish Visiting Cake
(adapted from Baking, From My Home to Yours)
1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
About 1/4 cup sliced almonds (blanched or not)
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a seasoned 9-inch cast-iron skillet or other heavy ovenproof skillet, a 9-inch cake pan or even a pie pan.
Pour the sugar into a medium bowl. Add the zest and blend the zest and sugar together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and aromatic. Whisk in the eggs one at a time until well blended. Whisk in the salt and the extracts. Switch to a rubber spatula and stir in the flour. Finally, fold in the melted butter.
Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Scatter the sliced almonds over the top and sprinkle with a little sugar. If you're using a cake or pie pan, place the pan on a baking sheet.
Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it is golden and a little crisp on the outside; the inside will remain moist. Remove the pan from the oven and let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then run a thin knife around the sides and bottom of the cake to loosen it. You can serve the cake warm or cooled, directly from the skillet or turned out onto a serving plate.
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I received a bakerstone pizza oven to try for myself. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.