The Homework Project
Episode 4: Campfire Pizza

September 12, 2020

The North Face | The Homework Project with Taylor Godber - Campfire Pizza

Snowboarder, private chef, and team athlete Taylor Godber shows us how to cook a pizza from scratch over a campfire.

Snowboarder, private chef, and team athlete Taylor Godber shows us how to cook a pizza from scratch over a campfire. With camping season in full-swing this is a fun recipe to bring on the next adventure, a little level up on the ol’ hot dog and bun classic.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Firewood & lighter
  • Foil or pan cover
  • 1 teaspoon Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Rolling Pin, a wine bottle works great too
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 packet of Quick rise yeast or 2-teaspoons of yeast if buying in bulk
  • Pizza toppings. **For this pizza we went with: vegan cheese (1-cup) , kalamata olives (1/4 cup), veggie sausage (2-links), local goat cheese (4-tablespoons), fresh arugula (3-cup)  and basil (1 handful).
  • Spatula
  • 2 tablespoon of oil (melted coconut oil or avocado oil for the dough)
  • + 5-6 more tablespoons for the cooking
  • 2 cups Flour + a few more tablespoons to flour the board when rolling
  • Cast iron pan
  • 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon
  • Sauce, small jar. **For this pizza used: pesto; spaghetti sauce will work too.
  • Cutting board
  • Rack to cook over fire
  • Thick towel to hold pan with

 

Taylor’s tips to pull it all together:

  1. Make your dough ahead of time, either in the morning before you head out on your adventure for the day or an hour or so before you want to make the pizzas.
  2. Spark the fire before you make the pizzas, this way the logs will burn down to coals and the process of cooking the pizza will be less likely to yield burnt crusts.
  3. It isn’t suggested to swap in other flours unless it is pastry specific. For gluten intolerant friends, going with a gluten-free pastry flour could potentially work. Almond flours, spelt, whole-wheat etc, would require a completely different recipe.
  4. If you are somewhere with fire-restrictions: this pizza can be made over a Coleman stove too. Go for low heat and roll the dough as thin as possible. Cooking times will likely be much longer than the fire set up. Keep an eye on the crust to make sure it isn’t burning.

How to make the dough:

  1. Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar (honey or maple syrup). Stir and set aside.
  2. Combine flour and salt.
  3. Add 2-tablespoon of oil to flour and mix together with hands, until flour and oil are integrated together.
  4. Add yeast mixture to flour mixture. Knead all together. Add more flour if dough is too sticky (1-teaspoon at a time) or more water if the dough is too dry.
  5. Set aside for a minimum of an hour.

Making the pizzas:    

  1. After dough has risen, separate dough into 4-balls.
  2. Lightly flour cutting board and rolling pin.
  3. Push the dough-ball down with the palm of your hand until its flat.
  4. Roll outward in all 4-directions. Rotate the dough or cutting board to help make it as much as a circle as possible.
  5. Repeat for each ball, until they are about centre of the plate size crusts (6-inches in diameter-ish).
  6. Add sauce and toppings.
  7. Pro-tip: don’t load the pizza too heavy with toppings before cooking if you want an even cook. Keep it light.

Cooking the pizzas:

  1. Place rack over fire.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of oil (oil that can handle higher heats is best like coconut oil or avocado oil).
  3. Carefully transfer pizza to pan.
  4. Cover with foil. This is important to help trap the heat in, this will melt the cheese.
  5. Cook for 8-12 minutes. **Note: the first pizza will cook the slowest as the pan has not been heated. Also, cook times will vary depending on how hot the fire is burning and how close the pan is to the heat. It is suggested to check on the pizza after 6-minutes and add on 2-minute increments from there.
  6. **Attention: remember the pan is hot! If you need to adjust the pan or hold it while you transfer the pizzas, use an appropriate heat-safe cloth or grip to do so.
  7. Add fresh ingredients on top if you desire.

P.S. We would like reiterate this not everywhere is fire safe. Please only cook with fire where it is legal and take appropriate measures to contain your fire and put it out when you are done as well.

P.P.S. Always use caution when cooking with an open flame. Be sure to use proper tools and make conscious and smart decisions to stay safe and burn free.