Perhaps it is not entirely honest to refer to this as a pizza, since, barring the fact that it is pizza-shaped and utilizes a crust that is quite fitting for savory pizza applications, it is quite clear that if something contains strawberries, cream, and chocolate, it’s probably not really a pizza, per se.
But, in yet another example of how I like to turn non-dessert foods into dessert, when I had a leftover pizza crust laying around last week, it just seemed wrong to let it live out the last of its days as something not sweet. Plus, I had leftover strawberries sitting around. And leftover cream. And chocolate. And also, I am not actually trying to justify what I have done, and I hope I am making that painfully obvious right now.
For something so simple to make, this dessert is a real showstopper. Not only do the honey cream and strawberries go together like, well, strawberries and cream, but the light drizzle of chocolate at the end provides a finish that is as delicious as it is easy on the eyes. If you want to be really cheeky, you can serve this pizza as a dessert on pizza night, whipping up this pizza dough the night before, allowing it to rest overnight in the refrigerator, then using 2/3 of the dough for dinner pizzas, the last 1/3 for this dessert pizza. Resting the dough in the refrigerator overnight is not a necessity, but in my years of pizza making (the last year being the most intensive and experimental), I have discovered that a long-rested dough develops an unbeatable flavor and texture that is difficult to approximate with a dough that has rested at room temperature for a couple of hours. You’ll have to plan ahead a bit, but it is so worth it.
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Honey Cream, Strawberry, and Chocolate Pizza Recipe
Pizza dough for 1 pizza, or 1/3 of this dough, rested in the refrigerator overnight for maximum flavor
¼ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons honey
12 ounces of strawberries, de-stemmed and sliced
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a baking stone or a heavy sheet pan on the second to lowest shelf in the oven. Line a rimless baking sheet or an overturned sheet pan with parchment paper, and set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, stretch and push the pizza dough with your hands, coaxing, poking, and punching it until it forms a roughly 12-inch circle. Place the dough on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
In a small bowl, whisk together the cream and honey until the honey has dissolved. Brush ¾ of the cream mixture over the pizza dough. Arrange the strawberries over the cream, trying your best to lay them in concentric circles. Brush the remaining ¼ of the cream mixture over the tops of the strawberries.
Gently slide the pizza—still on its parchment paper—onto the preheated baking stone or sheet pan. Bake pizza for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges of the pizza are dark golden brown and bubbly.
Remove pizza to a rack to cool a bit. While the pizza is cooling, melt the chopped chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave on low heat, stirring frequently in both cases. Melt the chocolate just until it still has come visible chunks, then remove from the heat and stir until the chunks have melted and the chocolate is glossy and smooth.
Drizzle the chocolate over the cooling pizza. You can eat it while both the pizza and the chocolate are still warm, or you can allow both the pizza and chocolate to cool and firm up before eating. Either way, it’s delicious.