Many people (who have not met my mom) presume that I get my passion for baking from her. The truth is, she is a wonderful cook. Her meat lasagna is the hands down BEST I ever had, and she makes AMAZING potato pancakes. Baking, however, was something she never got into, opting instead to leave it to the professionals (though she did give it the occasional whirl). Of all the things she bought, and the few things she baked, just one item stands out in my mind… One day I came home from school to find a dessert pizza! I believe that she crafted the crust from a can of Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough and topped it with marshmallows and chocolate chips. To a little kid, this was a dessert made in heaven, and for that moment she was a baking goddess… I remember it only the once, so perhaps she never made it again. But sometimes my memories take me back to that afternoon, and I smile all over again.
Inspired by her creation, I decided to bake a dessert pizza of my own. By exchanging marshmallows and chocolate for raisins and apples this version is a little more adult-friendly.
1 1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 1/8 tsp Instant Yeast
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
3/4 cup Warm Water
3 tbsp Canola Oil
Pre-heat oven to 425°F and prepare baking pan.
Stir together flour, yeast, and baking powder. Set aside.
Combine maple syrup, water, and oil. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
On a well floured surface, knead dough until it is smooth and elastic, adding additional flour if needed. (I added about 1/2 a cup during kneading)
Stretch dough into a 10-12 inch circle, transfer to baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.
While dough is baking, prepare the topping.
2 tbsp Margarine
3 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/3 cup Raisins
1 Apple (peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4 inch slices)
Melt margarine. Add maple syrup and cinnamon, and mix well.
When dough has finished baking, brush 1/2 of the margarine mixture over the crust, and sprinkle on the raisins. Arrange the apple slices and drizzle the remaining margarine mixture over the top.
Bake the pizza for another 8 minutes at 425°F.
Remove from oven and allow to cool before adding icing.
1/4 cup Margarine
2 tbsp Arrowroot Powder
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
Beat together the margarine, arrowroot powder, and maple syrup until smooth.
Pipe onto cooled pizza and serve.