How to Make, and Eat, Chocolate Pizza

If you hadn't thought of chocolate pizza before, consider it now

Chocolate pizza. It sounds amazing, doesn't it? I mean, most people love pizza and we all love chocolate, so combining the two seems like a perfect food. Be forewarned though: just as there are many varieties of chocolate, there are many varieties of chocolate pizza. Here's one of my favorites chocolate pizza recipes.

Is it dessert or dinner?

As with any pizza, you need to start with the crust. Some recipes use regular pizza dough, while others call for pressed chocolate as the crust. Both sound fantastic, depending on the strength of your sweet tooth.

A chocolate crust adds another level of sweetness and renders the pizza more of a dessert. A dough crust gives the chocolate a neutral base from which to springboard, allowing the chocolate "sauce" and toppings to really stand out.

In this article I'm going to share a recipe using pizza dough. One of my favorite chocolate pizza recipes comes from Giada De Laurentiis, who uses four different chocolates in this recipe. Sounds good already, doesn't it?

Ingredients

-- 1 pound pizza dough
-- 2 teaspoons butter, melted
-- 1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (like Nutella)
-- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
-- 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
-- 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
-- 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, toasted

Position the oven rack on the bottom of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough to a 9-inch-diameter round. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Using your fingers, make indentations all over the dough.

Brush the dough with butter, then bake until the crust is crisp and pale golden brown, about 20 minutes. Immediately spread the chocolate-hazelnut spread over the pizza then sprinkle all the chocolate chips over.

Bake just until the chocolate begins to melt, about 1 minute. Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the pizza. Cut into wedges and serve.
Feel free to leave the hazelnuts off if they're not your thing. Just like it's cheese-and-tomato cousin, you'll find that everybody has their favorite toppings for chocolate pizza.

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