Put the Bake On

This oven comes with a pizza stone and a fast-heating function to make quick work of preparing a meal.

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This oven comes with a pizza stone and a fast-heating function to make quick work of preparing a meal.

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The Smeg SFP125PZ, a built-in oven, has its own pizza stone, and a rapid-heating function. It also has a quadruple glaze glass door that keeps the heat in the oven while being cool to the touch – even at top pizza-making temperature. What’s more, it automatically switches off when the door is opened, and self-cleans.

Makes Perfect Pizzas

Most ovens have a maximum temperature of 250 deg C, and some even lower. But that’s not hot enough to make a good pizza. The Smeg has a top temperature of 280 deg C, and its pizza stone sits on the heating element at the oven. With the rapid pre-heating function, it is ready in just 10min, and the actual temperature hovers around 320 deg C.

The pizza shovel made it easy to place our thin crust pizza in the piping-hot oven. It was ready in just 3.5min, and chewy with a golden, cheesy top and lovely crusty edges. The stone also gave it an evenly brown and crisp base.

We baked a ciabatta loaf, too, and it was a crisp, beautiful golden brown on the outside with perfect air pockets inside.

Could Be Better With Cookies

Ours were unevenly cooked. Those closer to the back of the oven were cooked through and crunchy, but a few at the front didn’t set properly, and came off the baking sheet as a cakey crumble. The pre-heating, though, was as fast as promised.

Great For Grilling

The oven pulled out all the stops here. Using the fan with grill function, where the heat is focused at the top of the oven, our chicken thighs had a lovely, crispy skin and still moist, tender meat.

We also made toast with the top heating element on low, and were rewarded with nicely browned, crunchy tops with moist, tender insides.


It’s hotter as well as safer, and because it works so fast, it is perfect for families, and pizza lovers.

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Smeg SFP125PZ oven, $3,080, is available at APS Lifestyle Gallery (Levels 1 and 2 APS Building, 9 Muthuraman Chetty Road, tel: 6233-0593) and selected retailers. Find full list of stockists at

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