Pizza is certainly one of America's favorite foods—it's hard to get enough! If you're hosting a pizza party, consider concluding the party with a homemade dessert pizza, such as this Sweet Cinnamon Pear Dessert Pizza. It's a great way to keep the pizza theme going, and everyone will enjoy the tasty, homemade touch at the end of the night.
This recipe uses premade pizza dough, which you can usually find at a local grocery store. Some pizza shops may also sell dough by the ball. Ask your favorite pizzeria, like Cosmos 2 For 1 Pizza & Pasta, if they will sell you a ball!
- 1 ball of premade pizza dough
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 1 ripe Bartlett or Anjou pear
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup whole milk
- A pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine the white sugar with ½ teaspoon of the cinnamon. Mix them together well and set aside. Remove the dough ball from the fridge and knead half of this sugar mixture into the dough. Shape the dough back into a ball and place it on a greased cookie sheet or pizza pan to rest for 60 minutes.
When the dough ball has finished resting, use your fingers to spread it out into either a 14-inch circle or an approximately 14 x 10-inch rectangle. Then, brush the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle it with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
Peel the pear and cut it into small, thin slices. Spread these slices out evenly across the top of the pizza. Place the pizza in a 400-degree oven and bake it for 25 minutes or until the crust begins to crisp up and the pears are turning golden brown.
Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool completely. While the pizza is cooling, prepare a cinnamon glaze by mixing together the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, salt, and remaining cinnamon. Use a hand mixer and make sure the glaze is smooth and uniform.
Drizzle the cinnamon glaze over the cooled pizza. Do not rush this—if you put the glaze on before the pizza is completely cool, it will melt and create a big mess. Slice the pizza as desired and enjoy.
This pizza can also be made with sliced apples or blueberries instead of the pears. If you do not like cinnamon, leave it out and instead use 1 teaspoon of lemon zest to give the glaze a delicate lemon flavor.
This pizza is sure to be a hit with your guests. In fact, at your next party, you may want to skip the main course pizza and just eat this dessert version instead!