Monday, December 15, 2008

The Decadence of a Nutella Pizza

The idea for this dessert originated from an annual work event called Cookie Day, which is a dessert competition not only limited to cookies. I wanted to do something different that would set me apart and possibly help me win the "non-traditional dessert" award. Unfortunately, the competition was so fierce that my nutella pizza didn't stand a chance. But despite being outdone by other desserts, my nutella pizza was still a yummy and unique treat. Here's how to make it:

Nutella Pizza (serves 8)

1 lb of regular white pizza dough (I usually buy it at Trader Joe's for $.99)
1 jar of Nutella (you won't need to use the whole thing)
A couple of handfuls of chocolate chips (you can use milk or dark chocolate, whatever you prefer)
A couple of handfuls of mini marshmallows
A couple of handfuls of dried cranberries
A handful of sugar
A couple of dashes of ground cinnamon
A handful of all purpose flour
2 tbs of unsalted butter, melted
Other decorative sweets of your choice

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out the dough into a large circle. Make sure to flour the dough and your rolling pin generously so that it doesn't stick to the surface or to the rolling pin. Brush dough with melted butter and then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake dough for 15 minutes or until slightly golden. Make sure to keep an eye on it because it has a tendency to burn quickly.

Once out of the oven, let cool for about 10 minutes. Then spread Nutella over the dough, leaving a 1 inch border around the outside so that it resembles a pizza pie. Top with marshmallows, chocolate chips, dried cranberries and other toppings of your choice. You can top the pizza as sparsely or as generously as you like. Place into the oven for another 3-5 minutes or until the marshmallows are nice and melted.

This dessert is best enjoyed when fresh out of the oven. Bon appetit!

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