Chocolate pizza – an easy chocolate dessert pizza just like in your favorite pizzeria! Top with your favorite toppings to make it even tastier.
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When you go out for pizza, depending on the location, you will sometimes see dessert pizza or chocolate pizza on the menu. This is one of my favorite things to try because they all do it slightly differently! It’s usually made with their normal pizza crust, then topped with a chocolate spread, then fruit, candy, or nuts as a topping.
The toppings are where you can really customize this and get creative! I went simple for this example, but you can really use whatever you and your family like.
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The base of this chocolate pizza starts with pizza dough. Below I give instructions for a homemade dough, because I really think it’s the best. It’s a super easy NO KNEEDER dough that takes about 30 minutes (including 20 minutes rest) to make. So just about 3 minutes of work, and the dough is ready.
You can use any store-bought paste you like. You can even get a ball of dough from your favorite pizzeria. Really everything will work.
What you will need
For the dough
- All purpose flour
- Olive oil
- Hot water
- Active dry yeast
For the toppings
- Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – you can use Nutella, any other brand, or you can make homemade Nutella.
- Homemade Hot Fudge is also a great chocolate topping.
- Candy – M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, Peanut Butter Cups, Chopped Snickers or Butterfinger – really anything goes!
- Nuts – chopped peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.
- Fruit – strawberries and raspberries are my favorite with chocolate
- Miscellaneous – you can go crazy with anything. Use marshmallows and graham crackers for a S’mores theme. Use a variety of chocolate chips or drizzle with white chocolate. Lots of options to customize it.
How to make chocolate pizza
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- In a liquid measuring cup, combine warm water, sugar and yeast. Let stand 5 minutes until it starts to foam.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flour and salt.
- Add the foaming yeast mixture and olive oil, and mix until well combined and forms a rough dough.
- Cover with a towel and let rise for 20 minutes.
- Once the dough has rested, spread it out on a greased and sugar-sprinkled baking sheet. Roll out the dough into a 10-12 inch circle.
- Using a fork, poke holes all over the top of the dough and brush with melted butter.
- Bake the crust for about 12 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes, you don’t want it too hot or the chocolate will melt and slide.
- After 10 minutes, spread the chocolate hazelnut spread over your pizza dough and sprinkle with your desired toppings.
- Cut into wedges and serve immediately.
- Traditionally, when you bake a pizza, you grease your baking sheet and then sprinkle it with cornmeal so it doesn’t stick or get soggy. Here, you use sugar! This accomplishes the same thing, but gives you the sweetness you want for a dessert. The cornmeal would just taste weird with the dessert, so trust me and use the sugar for the best results.
- Be creative – I kept is simple for this, but it’s really just a concept. Use the toppings you like to make it your own. In the summer, fresh berries with a little white chocolate are my favorite combo.
- It really is best served right out of the oven. You can make the pizza dough, but it’s best to bake it and top it when you’re ready to serve dessert.
- Don’t skip the homemade dough! It’s really super easy to make, there is no kneading at all. So as long as you can gauge the water temperature, you should have an easy dough that you can make over and over again for any pizza recipe.
You can certainly make the dough ahead and let it rest in the fridge (bring to room temperature before rolling out on the baking sheet) ahead of time. But once you’ve baked the pizza crust and added your toppings, you really want to serve right away. It is best served slightly warm.
If you bake the pizza crust ahead of time, you can reheat it without any toppings. But once you add the toppings, no you can’t reheat. You would just melt the chocolate spread and the candy on top or the fruit and it wouldn’t be good.
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