Anyone have a good dessert pizza dough recipe? I’d prefer a non-yeast, cookie type recipe, one that would last in the refrigerator when times are slow. I’d like to do a 35-45lb batch, which seems to be about the right size for our Hobart P660.
I’m planning on trying both chocolate chip and fruit type dessert pizzas and a cookie dough seems like it would work well.
BTW, I might add that our regular pizza dough isn’t appropriate because we put garlic in our dough (which people absolutely love).
We use our normal dough for Dessert Pizzas but make them at 320gm for a 10" vs 200 for a 10" normal pizza. Just makes them a little bit more sponge like. We find dessert pizzas tend to dry out a bit hence the thicker base
Currently we are looking at doing Calzone style dessert pizzas using normal bases
One guy here where we are uses normal bases with a cake mix spread on top then dresses with toppings. He has won the World Pizza championships in Las Vegas twice with his dessert pizzas
Experiment and have fun finding what works best for you. Only donfall is weight gain from trying your creations
I’ve been showing operators how to make a “killer” dessert pizza using their regular pizza dough formula (without any seasonings added) as part of my KISS philosophy. Prepare and manage your regular pizza dough, open into a pizza skin in your normal manner, brush the surface of the dough with melted butter, then give the dough a liberal sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar.
Prepare a cheese base as follows:
16-ounces cream cheese
8-ounces powdered sugar
Blend until smooth.
Add two beaten whole eggs (about 100-grams/3.5-ounces)
Mix until smooth.
16-ounces sour cream
16-ounces ricotts cheese
Mix until smooth.
Adjust the consistency of the cheese mix using a little heavy cream to achieve the consistency of mayonnaise or soft butter.
Apply to the prepared pizza skin not more than .25-inch in thickness.
The dressed dessert pizza skins can now be placed in the cooler for use later in the day, or they can be finished for immediate baking. To finish the dessert pizzas apply thin slices of apple (skin on and dipped in lemon water to control browning), halved grapes, banana slices (dipped in lemon water to prevent browning) strawberry slices, blue berries, thin sliced kiwi fruit or just about any fruit or combination of fruit you want to use. Sometimes plain and simple is best, my favorite is just apple slices. My partner in crime, Jeff Zeak likes to use well drained fruit cocktail. After finishing the dough, add a hand full of streusel (you can buy it ready made, or make it yourself by blending together:
2-pounds shortening (Butter Flavored Crisco works great)
Mix together until creamy.
3.5-pounds all purpose flour
Slowly work into the above mixture until you achieve a crumbly consistency.
Use as needed, refrigerate for future use, keeps forever).
Bake the pizzas as you do your regular pizzas, yes, it works that way in an air impingement oven too, after baking allow the pizzas to cool for a couple minutes, and then drizzle with a powdered sugar - water icing (place powdered sugar in a small bowl, and carefully add just enough water to give a very thick consistency when stirred. Immediately transfer into plastic squeeze type condiment bottles. String the icing onto the pizzas and serve. The icing is best stored at room temperature for future use.
Note: These pizzas can be made and served fresh and hot, or they can be made ahead of time and sold by the slice either cold or reheated. For an up-charge you can reheat the slice and offer it alamode. Sure beats pouring a can of pie filling onto pizza dough and calling it a dessert pizza!
Tom Lehmann/The Dough Doctor
Thanks Tom… man that really sounds delicious!