There are a few interesting stories to this chocolate pizza; two involve children, sort of â€“ fitting since Iâ€™m pretty sure kids would love this sweet pizza.
Both are cute stories, of how I came to own a box of colourful Dutch sprinkles and a gooey tub of chocolate spread made with cocoa from Ghana.
Months ago, when I was strolling the canals of Amsterdam, my friend N who was expecting a baby at the time, sent me a text asking if I could pick her up some sugar-coated aniseed sprinkles (Muisjes) â€“ auspiciously, I was standing in front of an Albert Heijn and they were the first things I spotted upon entering the store.
I got a pink one and a blue one since I didnâ€™t know the sex of Nâ€™s baby.
Nâ€™s baby came this January past, a sweet little boy with the most adorable smile. She borrowed the Dutch custom and served guests who came to see the baby, donuts sprinkled with blue and white Muisjes, and I came home to a box of pink and white sugar-coated aniseed sprinkles.
Then thereâ€™s my little friend E, a passionate nine-year old with a slight obsession with vampires and Goth.
Choco Delight, a chocolate peanut butter spread from Ghana is on her list of favourite things at the moment â€“ itâ€™s better than Nutella, she said and I was intrigued. Her dad graciously got us a tub to try.
I initially wanted to make this chocolate pizza for E; to share with her on one of the evenings she passes by my place on her way to Girls Guide, but our timing was always off and I was sure weâ€™d run out of chocolate spread if I waited for that perfect opportunity.
So one morning when we would have just had bread with chocolate spread with our tea, I made chocolate pizza instead.
Itâ€™s simple really; bread dough slathered in chocolate and baked to perfection with a sprinkle of aniseed.
The sprinkles were an afterthought, but I do love the combination, the chocolate and the subtle liquorice flavour do well together.
I love it with tea; it’s like bread with your favourite chocolate spread, but so much more – it’s soft warm chewy bread with gooey melted chocolate – so good!
I used ’00’ flour for the dough, I got a small bag from the Italian store months ago to try out. I put my bread machine to work using a very simple dough recipe, same one I used here.
The dough can be made by hand too; here is a great step-by-step direction on how to.
Iâ€™m hopeful, E and I have set a date this summer, to get together and make chocolate pizza, and Iâ€™ll even let her choose the toppings.
Adapted from the Food Network
- 1 pound pizza or bread dough ((use this dough recipe or store-bought)
- 2 teaspoons butter, melted
- 1/2 â€“ 1 cup chocolate spread (use your favourite chocolate-nut spread), slightly melted
- 2 â€“ 3 tablespoons of sprinkles or nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- On a flour-dusted surface, roll dough into a thin large circle, about 8 â€“ 9-inch round
- Place dough onto baking sheet, make indents all over the dough with your fingers, and brush dough with melted butter
- Sprinkle about a tablespoon of sprinkles on dough and bake for about 15 minutes or until crust is crisp and pale golden brown
- Spread chocolate spread all over pizza and bake again for about 5 â€“ 8 minutes until chocolate melts further and turns gooey
- Let it cool for a few minutes and sprinkle the remaining sprinkles over pizza
- Cut into wedges and serve