Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pizza for Dessert

Heads up, there are many pictures in this post. What can I say, I just could not abstain from sharing every little piece of this delectable dessert.

My friend Maricarmen is here for the week. Which means that there is finally more than one person eating my food (that one person being me). It also means that I am bound to make good recipes.

Today was not a day to be outside. Unlike the beginning of the week, which was sunny and bright, today was rainy and gray. And even though all I really wanted to do was stay home and do absolutely nothing, grocery shopping was a must.

So after a quick lunch at Scoozi (my make-shift diner in Boston) and a yummy fro-yo, my friend and I ventured to Shaws. An hour and a half later, we were back home, wet and grossed out by the humidity. But it was well worth the trip.

I have to say this dish deserves more than just a simple blog post (hence the amount of pictures). If you have not tried dessert pizza, you must do so soon. And by soon I mean tomorrow!

This recipe is very easy and the end product is a delectable dessert that really is the lick-your-fingers-and-scrape-the-plate type.

Pizza Dough (adapted from How To Cook Everything)

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons active yeast
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm water, plus more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, yeast and salt. Slowly add water and oil, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Stir until dough becomes slightly sticky, adding more water if needed. If dough becomes too sticky, which it shouldn't, add flour a tablespoon at a time.
  2. Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead for about 1 minute. Push bottom of hands into the dough and pull back, then push knuckles into dough and repeat. 
  3. Transfer dough to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, making sure that wrap is not too tight. Let rise for about 2 hours (or overnight) or wrap dough in plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Nutella, Strawberry & Banana Pizza

  • 1/2 recipe pizza dough (see above)
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 3 strawberries, sliced lengthwise
  • 12 banana, sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 500 F. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. 
  2. Place dough on a floured surface and roll out until about 1/4-inch thick (dough will rise) or desired thickness. Transfer dough to baking sheet carefully. Fold sides and pinch to create a border and let sit for about 20 minutes.
  3. Bake dough for 13-15 minutes, or until crust is golden. While dough is hot, carefully spread Nutella over pizza. Let cool, about 5 minutes. 
  4. Arrange strawberries and bananas, or other sliced fruit, on the pizza. Slice and serve.
*Optional: sprinkle confectioner's sugar on top of the pizza before serving.

1 comment:

  1. That looks beyond delicious! I'll have to try this new kind of pizza Auckland with my friends. Thanks so much for spreading the dessert pizza love!