Dessert Pizza: Chocolate with Strawberries OMG

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I've done a version of this as a calzone with resounding success. It also works great for a pizza. Not a novel idea by any stretch of the imagination, yet it's always a crowd pleaser, easy to do, and fun to make with the kids especially. The classic combination of chocolate and strawberries comes through here. I use a combination of chocolates: nutella for the spread, a combination of chocolate chips for the topping to add flavor and color, and finally the strawberries of course. A drizzle of chocolate sauce on top adds yet another level of flavor. You can add whipped cream to this, toasted nuts, coconut...really anything you like. We served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was amazing.

Dessert Pizza: Chocolate with Strawberries

1 package pizza dough
1 Tbsp olive oil
nutella or other hazelnut spread
1 pint fresh strawberries
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
chocolate sauce

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Take the strawberries and cut off the stems. Quarter each berry (you can keep the tiny ones intact) and set aside.

Take the pizza dough and stretch it out or roll it into your desired shape. I like using rectangle for this for easy slicing. Place the dough onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Take the olive oil and brush a little on top of the dough. This will help it get golden and slightly crisp. Bake in oven about 13-15 min or until the top just begins to get golden. Cook time will vary depending on your oven.

Once the dough is cooked, remove from oven and let stand a minute. While still warm, spread with the nutella (this is like your sauce). Sprinkle the strawberries, chocolate chips, and other toppings you may use on top. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and serve.

I recommend not making the crust terribly thin if you're planning on using berries. They can be heavy and will break the crust if you make it too thin. You can use any topping you like for this. I also recommend not adding too much to weight the pizza down. The beauty of it is to use a couple of ingredients for color and for flavor and not overloading it "supreme" style.

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