Breakfast Pizza

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This past weekend I got a chance to try a recipe I’ve been eye-ing for a while. It’s called Breakfast pizza, but honestly, it could be called Dessert Pizza as well. It was delicious!

I modified one of Giada De Laurentiis recipes that I saw on Food Network a while back. The pizza is made up of store bought pizza dough with some cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top, the “sauce “is mascarpone cheese, a little heavy cream and some lemon juice and zest, and then the topping is a whole lot of berries.  I didn’t originally like the “sauce” but after adding a bit of honey and some vanilla extract, it was great. I’ve never worked with pizza dough before and found it a bit tricky. The recipe called to roll out the dough, however, it seemed like no matter how I rolled, the dough always shrank back. So in the end my pizza may have been much smaller than it was supposed to be, which made it so the original ingredient list seemed to be much too much. I would up almost half-ing it.

This recipe was a huge hit and my husband and friend both loved it! I highly recommend giving it a shot!

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Here’s the recipe as it is on FoodNetwork.com with my modifications in parentheisis.

Breakfast Pizza — found on foodnetwork.com here

Ingredients:

  • 1 storebought pizza dough
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons Cinnamon-Sugar, divided, recipe follows (I only used about 2)
  • 2 cups mascarpone cheese (I only used 1)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream (I only used 1/4 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (I used 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 cups mixed berries
  • (I added 1 teaspoon honey)
  • (I added 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Using a rolling pin, roll out the pizza dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Transfer the pizza dough to the lined baking sheet and brush the dough with the melted butter. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Cinnamon-Sugar and bake until golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. Cool the pizza crust on a wire rack.

3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together the cheese, cream, lemon juice, and zest.

4. Spread the cheese mixture over the cooled crust. Top with mixed berries and sprinkle with the remaining Cinnamon-Sugar. Slice like a pizza and serve.

Cinnamon-Sugar:

1 vanilla bean (I didn’t have a vanilla bean, so I just left this out)

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Cut the vanilla bean in half, lengthwise. Using the back of a knife, scrape along the inside of the vanilla bean to collect the seeds. Scrape vanilla bean seeds into a small bowl. Add sugar and cinnamon and stir to combine. Set aside in a small serving bowl.

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