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Woodfired Oven Cooking: Wood-Fired Oven 1 – Mastering Your Oven

“…without wishing to gush, if you are getting a wood burning oven you really should do the Manna From Devon course. In fact, I’d say it’s essential”
Xanthe Clay – Daily Telegraph Food and Cookery writer.


Using our purpose built wood-fired kitchen featuring two Bushman Ovens we run this hands on class regularly throughout the year in our purpose built wood fired kitchen.  The class is for anyone who already has or is about to buy or build a wood-fired oven.

We’ll use the traditional style oven (pictured left) and a second smaller oven to demonstrate the full versatility of wood-fired ovens and to give you as complete a picture as possible of how to get the best from your own oven and enjoy it fully.

woodfiredchickenWood fired ovens are perfect for pizza but can also do so much more. We’ll show you how to use them in many ways :

  • Pizza:  making dough, shaping, topping and baking
  • Fish:  smoked scallops, roast fish and griddled seafood
  • Roast dinner:  chicken with roast potatoes and  vegetables
  • Steak:  grilled rump steak.
  • Vegetarian: stuffed peppers, baba ghanoush, blackened tomatoes.
  • Flat breads: Pittas
  • Pastry: Apple Tarte Tatin or Spiced Apple Empanadas

We know from experience that using your oven to maximum effect takes a little getting used to and we’ll  pass on lots of useful information such as:

  • How the oven works.
  • Siting your oven and looking after it.
  • What wood to use.
  • Lighting and heating the fire.
  • Measuring and controlling temperatures.
  • Cooking utensils and other equipment

This course is for you if you are –

  • Thinking of buying a wood fired oven and are researching the best type for you.
  • Have just bought an oven or are expecting one any day and want to get off to a good start.
  • Already have an oven and aren’t sure you’re using it correctly  – maybe you can’t get it heated up properly or get the fire going or make anything more than pizza.
  • Have an oven already and want to get much more out of it.
  • Have bought a house with an oven and need to get started with it.
  • Are building your own oven and want to know how to use it once you’ve completed the build.

The class is always sociable, great fun and a combination of demonstration and hands-on learning. We cook a lot of different dishes during the day and naturally we have to try them all.

Please note we are booking into December with these classes in Devon but do have availability on our Suffolk course in September just check that out here

Each course is limited to 15 places. £175.00 per person. Lunch (lots of it) included. Starts 10:00, ends around 4:30/5pm.

Why not make a weekend of it by combining this class with our ‘Wood – Fired 2 Baking and Slow Cooking Class. The two classes together cost just £325.  Call us directly on 01803 752943 to take advantage of this offer.