18 July 2012

Pizza with Ricotta, Strawberries & Chocolate / Nutella


"Jot this down before I forget."   

"Ricotta, fragole e Nutellla o cioccolato sulla pizza bianca."  (Ricotta, strawberries & Nutella or chocolate on white pizza.)

I obediently wrote down what my husband dictated to me.  I looked at him questioningly.  He arrived like a whirlwind at home balancing a big pizza box that he took home for our lunch.  He explained that while he was getting our pizza, the owner gave a slice of pizza with these toppings to a friend who arrived.  He asked if there is still some more and the owner informed him that he made it for his kids which they finished immediately and that was the  last slice.   My poor guy went out of the pizzeria disappointed but over the short drive home, he thought of a solution.   His wife would prepare it for him. 


We were at the supermarket today and he reminded me about the pizza I am supposed to make.  I was amused.  Here I was trying to empty the fridge because I am leaving on a trip to France tomorrow with my daughter on a girls week out while he and our son would be going away too in their own boys week out.    I was stuck with a whole load of strawberries to be consumed within the remaining hours of the day.  It was stressful.  I managed to almost deplete them by making about 2 liters of drinks.  I have the rest slated for smoothies tomorrow before we leave for the flight.  Does this ever happen to you?  It's like I am always running towards fresh food depletion these days.  


Up till now, I really don't know how my husband and son are going to spend their week without us.  They are planning on camping, biking, going to the beach, going to the cinema and a whole load of things.  I wonder if they can fit all their plans for a week.  I offered to cook some food that I can freeze for them and in unison, they told me, "No!"  I have a feeling these two will stuff themselves with pizza all week.   They are actually looking forward to it.  Sigh.

Let's go back to the pizza.  I made two versions. One with Nutella and another one with chocolate cream sauce.  When dribbled with the chocolate sauce, the pizza was good but lacked luster in taste.  The Nutella, on the other hand, was the one that was able to complete the overall taste.

This pizza is wonderful for a snack or even for dessert.

Until the next post .... from France!


Pizza with Ricotta, Strawberries & Chocolate / Nutella

Ingredients:
For 6 square slices
  • white pizza (For the recipe, please refer to this link.)
  • 250 g. ricotta
  • handful of fresh strawberries, halved or quartered
  • 100 g. chocolate, chopped finely
  • 25 ml. cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 50 g. Nutella
  • 6 small mint leaves (optional)
Directions:
White Pizza:
  1. For this recipe, I used the pizza bianca (white pizza) that I bought at the pizzeria serving pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice).   Pizza bianca is a type of bread using the pizza dough, topped with salt, extra virgin olive oil and sometimes rosemary sprigs.   Follow this recipe on how to make white pizza and make it thicker to attain a soft, thick pizza.  If you are buying it, don't get the one with the rosemary.   
Chocolate Cream Sauce:
  1. Prepare a waterbath.  Pour water in a saucepan.  Put a smaller saucepan on top that can hold on the sides.  
  2. Put 50 g. of chopped chocolate in the smaller saucepan and move frequently until it melts.  
  3. Add the cream.
  4. Cook 3 minutes more.
  5. Turn off fire and let it cool.
Nutella:
  1. Prepare a waterbath.  Pour water in a saucepan.  Put a smaller saucepan on top that can hold on the sides.  
  2. Put Nutella in the smaller saucepan and move frequently until it melts.  
Composing the Pizza:
  1. Spoon ricotta on the pizza.
  2. Put the sliced strawberries on the ricotta.
  3. Drizzle with chocolate cream or softened Nutella.  
  4. Sprinkle with chopped chocolate.  
  5. Top with mint leaves.

 

14 comments:

  1. Anonymous18 July, 2012

    This pizza is gorgeous! And it looks soooo good too! Thank you for sharing the recipe, the incredible pictures and engaging story. I love it! Love, Emma

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  2. This is the pizza of my dreams! What a fun post. Buon viaggio until you take us to France! :)

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    1. It's such an interesting combination for pizza Laura. It's worth a try! Thank you, I'm having a wonderful time in France!

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  3. What a lovely pizza :) It looks so fresh and yummy.

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    1. Thank you Tes! It's just how you described it!

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  4. Hope you are having a blast in France! This post reminded me that I want to try ricotta with baking and cooking more often. I have tried before for something (trying to remember now but forgot what I used it for) but it's not a common ingredient in my household. Ricotta and strawberries sounds good. This pizza will be popular in my household for sure!

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    1. Hi Nami! Indeed, I am having a wonderful time in France! It does have an interesting blend and the kids could love it!

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  5. Beautiful light snack, wonderful strawberry-pizza!

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  6. Sadly I am allergic to strawberries...but this does look amazing!
    Hope you are having a wonderful time :)

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    1. Ohhh, that's a pity! You can replace the strawberries with other berries. Thanks!

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  7. Yum, Yum, Yum! I am definitely giving this a try when it gets a little warmer here in Australia! I love this idea.

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