PIZZA MAKING FRIVOLITIES AT OSCAR & ROSIE’S
A recent Bumble event in Nottingham was always going to be a no-brainer for me to attend, Pizza making at one of my favourite Pizza joints, Oscar & Rosie’s. I must admit I do frequent the branch in Leicester and love their fresh, tasty pizzas which actually come in a variety of shapes and sizes but also accommodate a number of dietary requirements. You can read more about my Pizza noshing at Oscar and Rosie’s here.
Walking through the door to Oscar & Rosies in Nottingham, was a colourful treat of sheer quirkiness. Just like the Leicester branch with pops of colour, retro cabinets, mismatched furniture and London Eye magazine papered walls. We headed on straight upstairs to take part in the workshop, which was kindly organised and sponsored by Bumble’s very lovely Jess Berry.
After a quick hand wash and introduction we got into groups of four, chose a group name for ourselves, ‘Jesus Crust’ and then it was time for a demonstration from our Pizza Academy supervisor, Olly who is also the owner and founder of the Pizzeria. It was time to create our pizzas and discover if we could be crowned the winning team of Oscar & Rosies Pizza Academy!
We were presented with a mound of dough, which resembled a rather flat breast donning a pointed nipple, which we then started to shape, pat down and dust in semolina. I learnt that semolina is a really fine flour, which is really elastic therefore supporting water. The ability of semolina to retain water gives a really moist pizza base.
Once the base reached a reasonably good size with a slight raised edge it was time for the frolics to start. I soon realised this pizza making was going to be a whole lot harder than I ever imagined. The trick is to twizzle and throw with puppy dog hands!! Olly made the whole pizza twizzling look way too easy! In reality it was really hard to throw this damp elastic, rather large but thin-in-the-middle flat dough in the air and catch it so it didn’t resemble a big fat dead dough ball! But mine survived and no 30 second rule had to be applied! Phew!!
Next came the toppings and I realised that even adding the special Oscar and Rosie’s, tomato sauce had a knack to it to avoid over sogginess and form a lovely circular ‘corn circle-like’ pattern. Next stage was to get the delicious buffalo mozzarella on and any toppings of your choice. I opted for caramelised onions, mushrooms and a medley of red and yellow peppers! I must confess, I added a double layer of mozzarella to stop my pizza from drying out a little in the pizza oven (an old tip from my Italian friend!). Olly showed us how to top our pizzas to get that perfect slice once it had been cut after cooking! And obviously at all times, Olly was on hand to offer supervision and re-shape the odd rogue ‘map’ like pizzas. Just to add all ingredients used came to suit a variety of intolerances (such as lactose) and dietary requirements (Vegetarian, Vegan) and were kept separately to ensure no cross-contamination.
The pizzas were soon whisked away out of sight to be cooked and within literally 10 minutes or so, we were presented with the pizzas we made! Yes I actually made a pizza with my own fair hands. I have to admit I had the proudest look on my face when I held my pizza in my hands and thought, wow, I made that beauty and how perfect she turned out!!
As they say the proof’s in the pudding and boy, did she taste good! I even sneaked a few slices home for Dr C. I was a little nervous for him to try my perfectly formed pizza but it was a big fat thumbs up from the food critic himself!!
Unfortunately team, Jesus Crust didn’t win but we all know the fun and laughs are in the taking part! I’m honoured to say that I graduated from Oscar & Rosie’s Pizza Academy and received a badge to prove it!
This by far has been one of my favourite experiences since I started my blog. It was pretty casual, our host was fantastic and most importantly, it was great fun and something that I will recommend for small group parties, hen do’s and even office team building!
A Pizza making class at Oscar & Rosie’s Academy, is priced at £30 per head and includes ingredients, such as the genuine Oscar & Rosie’s sauce and toppings as well as expert instructions from the pizza chefs, lunch (your pizza) and a drink of your choice. Just email Olly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiries.
Have you ever been to a pizza making class?
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Oscar & Rosie’s
8 Stoney Street
Nottingham NG1 1LP
0115 936 1983