I’m not so sure what to say about this recipe, except that biting into a slice of dessert pizza sends waves of nostalgia crashing over me. Memories of hanging out in a certain pizza chain with my family, and grabbing a slice of pepperoni at the buffet just so I could say I ate some lunch before rushing back for dessert.
Or memories of my twelfth birthday party, where I sat at the head of a long table of aunts, uncles, and cousins, eating dessert pizza while I unwrapped coveted N’SYNC and Britney Spears CDs.
Or of that time a blizzard was roaring into town and the wind whipped around my family furiously as we ran into the restaurant to order takeout. And making it home just in time to hunker down and share pizza.
There’s a lot I could say about a pizza that’s not really a pizza, but rather a soft dough loaded with sweet, crumbly streusel topping and drizzled with icing. But I think I’ll just leave you with some photos instead.
Cinnamon Streusel Dessert Pizza
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 4 Tbs. (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 batch pizza dough, store-bought or homemade
- cornmeal or semolina flour, for sprinkling
- 1 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
- ground cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbs. milk
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 450° F, with a pizza stone set on a rack in the bottom 1/3 of the oven.
Make streusel topping: In a small bowl, stir together flour, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with a fork until well-combined. Add in 1/4 cup melted butter and stir until the mixture is moistened and large clumps form. Set aside.
Roll out pizza dough on a floured surface until about 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick. Transfer to a pizza peel sprinkled liberally with cornmeal. Brush surface of dough with melted butter and sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon. Sprinkle streusel mixture evenly on top of the dough. Using the pizza peel, transfer pizza to heated oven.
Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Meanwhile, make glaze: In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt until smooth.
Remove pizza from oven and top with glaze in a swirl pattern. Slice and serve immediately.
Source: Slightly adapted from Rumbly in My Tumbly.