Evidence suggests that my kids were Italian in another life.
Caitlyn’s all-time favourite dish is lasagne; Caleb’s passion is pizza. Between our Indian rice and curry, and the Italian pizza and pasta we devour, you could say we were the fore-runners (fore-eaters?) of “carb loading”!
I was baking some banana muffins for tea yesterday (thanks to three over-ripe bananas) when Caleb cajoled, “Mum, remember that Dessert Pizza we were taking about the other week? The oven’s on – why don’t we bake it?”
He then added a “Pllllllllllease???” for good measure.
As luck would have it, we had all the ingredients handy plus a store-bought pizza base getting too close to its Use-By date.
This is not really a recipe as such. It’s more of a ‘Fun with Food’ project to do with the kids – something to stall the “I’m bored” refrain during the summer holidays!
Presenting *with a flourish*: The Dessert Pizza!!
You can make your own pizza dough or use a ready-made plain pizza base like I did.
Slather a generous layer of chocolate spread on the base. Unfortunately, we were all out of my ‘Healthy Nutella’, so we resorted to the sugar-laden original. Not that Caleb was complaining – check him out licking his fingers!
Now add your “toppings”. We chose blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and bananas because we had them at home. And they pair perfectly with chocolate!
Dot the top with sliced marshmallows as you would a regular pizza with mozzarella or bocconcini.
Sprinkle some chopped walnuts if you’re a crunchy nut.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C for 15-20 minutes until the marshmallows have turned golden brown and melt-y.
This dessert pizza can be eaten hot from the oven or cold from the fridge. Yes, I tried both versions – all in the name of taste-testing!
Have some fun and get creative with your ingredients. Some other options:
Base: cookie dough, Lebanese bread, pita pockets.
Sauce: sweetened cream cheese, caramel, condensed milk, peanut butter.
Toppings: Winter fruit like apples and pears, or stoned fruit in summer like peaches, nectarines, cherries and mangoes.
Sprinkles: Coconut flakes, M&Ms, choc chips, oat crumble, nuts, sultanas.
Warning: This is a big sugar-hit, so a small slice will suffice. Guess who has to go for a morning run tomorrow?
So tell me, what’s your favourite pizza toppings? And have you ever tried a dessert pizza? Are you inventive when it comes to food or do you like sticking to tried and tested recipes?