Ditch the dough, skip the marinara sauce and bypass those bell peppers because there’s a new pizza in town and it’s taking the savory slice for a spin on the sweet side. Introducing Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza.
Just imagine the perfect pairing of buttery shortbread cookies and tangy cheesecake … and then up the indulgence with a layer of creamy Nutella. The result is a quick and easy dessert that looks just as great as it tastes. So how do you make this sliceable sweet happen in your home?
It all starts with a basic brown sugar shortbread cookie dough made by working cold butter into your dry ingredients. While a pastry blender or two forks work well, don’t hesitate to forgo the gadgets and use your hands to break up the butter until your mixture is the consistency of wet sand.
Once you’ve mixed up your cookie dough crust, transfer it to a pizza pan, pressing it firmly into an even layer. Using a pan will guarantee your pizza retains its round shape and will help it bake to golden brown perfection from crust to crust.
And then it’s on to the toppings! Creamy mascarpone and heavy whipping cream go for a spin in the stand mixture and are given a sweet and tangy taste with the addition of powdered sugar and fresh lemon zest. I recommend zesting a bit extra off of the lemon so that you can use any leftover zest as a garnish.
Once your cookie crust has cooled, transfer it to your serving dish. It’s easier to slice and serve the pizza if it’s no longer in the pan, so a large wood cutting board works well for this crowd-friendly sweet finale.
I’ve added the layer of Nutella to this recipe, as I love the combination of tangy mascarpone and fresh citrus with the rich and creamy chocolate spread. You’ll need about 1/3 of a cup of Nutella, give or take a few tablespoons lost in the transfer process from container to spatula (to mouth) to cookie crust. Next up, pile on the mascarpone mixture, scatter the strawberries on top and then finish it all off with your leftover lemon zest.
And it’s as easy as that! Ready to serve up a sweet slice? Preheat your oven and check out the recipe for Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza.
- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste
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