Pizza for dinner, and pizza for dessert. What could be better? Nothing, that's what. We all need a lil' bit of savory and a lil' bit of sweet. But, this week, we've got a whole lot of sweet for you—we're going ALL-IN, and then some...
Get ready to board the train to Sugar-Rush City, folks. We're bringing you the DESSERT PIZZA CHALLENGE, and we think you're gonna like it. Who's dessert pizza will take the cake?! (Heh heh.)
Rules of the Challenge:
- Create a crazy-delicious dessert pizza.
- Design your dessert pizza with the other person in mind, considering their tastes and preferences. Alyssia has to make a dessert pizza that will blow Christian's mind, and Christian has to make a dessert pizza that will knock Alyssia's socks off.
- Dessert pizza recipes CANNOT be discussed with one another prior to cooking.
- Competitors have exactly ONE HOUR in which to complete their drool-worthy dessert pizzas.
- The winner will be decided by YOU: our fellow pizza freaks. Who made the more considerate pizza?! Votes are to be cast in the form of comments on the YouTube video.
Go watch the Dessert Pizza Challenge episode and tell us your vote! But, first, check out our dessert pizza recipes and the rationale behind our choices. Remember, base your vote on both:
- the perceived deliciousness of the pizza
- the competitor’s consideration of the other person
Only YOU can decide the winner. (Because, quite frankly, even we can't say who's was more scrumptious...) Better yet, check out our dessert pizza recipes and give 'em a taste for yourself. Sure, these pizzas aren't traditional. But we're all about merging food traditions, and dessert is one tradition we'd like to keep alive and well. Where'd dessert come from, anyway? Before you get in the kitchen, get to know your roots:
Sugar and More Sugar Makes Everything Nice
The word dessert comes from the French verb desservir, which means “to un-serve,” or “to remove what has been served.” Back in the day (like 400+ years ago), le dessert was set out after the main meal once the table had been cleared. But, the late 14th-century term didn’t quite mean what it does today. Some French royalty snacked on candied fruits and nuts after a belly-busting banquet, but the tradition of serving a sweet treat at the end of a meal didn’t even exist yet. That’s not to say folks didn’t love their sugar, though. Sugar was in just about every course of a dinner menu. In the early 1500s in Italy, you could find white sugar sculptures on the tables at a feast!
See, back in Medieval and Renaissance times, there was no real segregation between sweet and savory flavors. Sugar was a welcome addition to all sorts of savory dishes—like eel baked in marzipan, fried bone marrow fritters dunked in sugar syrup, or anchovy salad served alongside sugar-dusted cream pies. (Yes, these are real dishes, served at an Italian banquet in 1529!) Sugary cream sauces were slathered onto game birds, and roasted fish were even served in their own sugared-up blood. Who can blame ‘em? Sugar makes everything taste great.
But, gradually, sugar was phased out of savory dishes, no longer a fancy enough flavoring for fine French cuisine. During the 17th century, savory meats were still served alongside sweet cakes and pastries, but chefs left the sugar out of the meat dishes and explored other flavor avenues. By the 1900s, Russian service became the norm and dishes were served one after the other during a meal, rather than at the same time. This helped transform le dessert into the sinfully sweet indulgence we know and love today. The old custom of French royalty took on a life of its own and sugar found its home at the end of the meal. Those simple candied fruits turned into chilled tarts, then cakes, and now: dessert pizzas.
Maple Fluff Oreo-Stuffed Brownie Pizza
Alyssia's Dessert Pizza for Christian:
My approach with a dessert pizza for Christian was simple—put all of his favorite sweets into one pizza! One of his ultimate favorite treats: brownies! So I decided to use that as a base for my crust, and what more perfect way to incorporate one of his favorite cookies—Oreos—than to put them in that crust, too!?
For the “sauce,” I used marshmallow fluff which I know he used to love as a child, and added butter and powdered sugar to give it the frosting consistency. I flavored that with maple extract because there are few things Christian likes more than maple! A true weakness of his that will gain me massive points.
For toppings, I could have gone crazy. He likes almost EVERYTHING chocolate, but I decided to stick to only the extreme favorites: Reese’s peanut butter cups, bites of cheesecake, and additional chopped Oreos. I considered adding Lindt truffles, but it was starting to seem too rich and I didn’t want to overdo it. In my opinion, the salt from the peanut butter and the cheesecake balanced the sweetness of the base and sauce perfectly! I’m not a chocolate fan, but even I wanted to eat more of this pizza!
Oreo Brownie Crust:
- 1 box of brownie mix
- (+2 eggs, ¼ cup water, and ½ cup vegetable oil – these are the ingredients that my box of brownies called for, yours may be different!)
- 1 box of Oreos
Maple Marshmallow Crème Sauce:
- ¾ - 1 cup marshmallow fluff/cream
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- chopped Oreos
- chopped Reese’s Cups
- cheesecake bites
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Combine brownie mix with egg, water, and vegetable oil (or whichever ingredients your box of brownies calls for).
- Grease a 12” pan, or layer a spring-form pie pan (with a removable bottom) with parchment. Add whole Oreos in a layer on the bottom. Pour brownie batter on top and fill pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool.
- Then, make your frosting.
- Add softened butter, powdered sugar, and maple extract to a large mixing bowl. Beat together with a hand mixer.
- Add marshmallow fluff and beat to combine, until well integrated.
- When brownie crust is completely cool, remove from pan. Spread on your maple marshmallow crème sauce.
- Pile on your toppings, slice, and EAT THE PIZZA.
Yields 1 insanely good, sweet & savory, dessert pizza!
Giant Cookies 'N Cream Donut Pizza
Christian's Dessert Pizza for Alyssia:
Well, let me tell you about this delicious dessert pizza okay? Listen, Alyssia loves donuts, there’s no denying it. Why WOULDN’T I make a donut crust? You know what else she likes? Let me tell you, it’s cookies 'n cream flavor, and what better way to make an ultimate dessert pizza than to combine those things? Easy, right?
Well, I faced a few criticisms. First, it was too sweet!!!! I shouldn’t have used all that freaking icing. Second, everyone told me the hole was too small on the donut. Well sorry, I didn’t mind the small hole and the more donut the better is what I say. In the future, I would try NOT to burn the donut crust, and I would omit the icing.
Look, you’re just gonna have to give it a try yourself. Don’t come back and blame it on me if it doesn’t work, okay?
- 1 roll Pillsbury biscuits
- 1 tub of white frosting
- about 15 Oreos
- powdered sugar
- Take your biscuits and FLATTEN THEM OUT into one giant dough
- Cut a hole (hole size is up to you) in the center of the dough to turn it into a giant donut shape.
- Grab your biggest frying pan and drizzle in some oil.
- Throw your dough in and keep it moving so it doesn’t burn. Then flip!
- While that’s cooking up, start separating your Oreos and saving the cream.
- Take the cream from your Oreos and mix it with the white frosting.
- Also, break up some of those cookies and mix that in there as well. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine water and powdered sugar until you get a nice thick icing. The consistency will vary so you gotta mess with it.
- Remove your fried-up giant donut from the pan and place it onto a baking rack.
- Drizzle on your icing and watch it harden before your eyes!!!
- Once slightly cooled, spread on that tasty icing mixture, and top with a few whole Oreo halves as “pepperonis.”
- That’s it! Now Eat The Pizza!
Yields 1 big ‘ol donut pizza.