Saturday, March 28, 2015

Schar Chocolate Almond Orange Gluten Free Dessert Pizza

Chocolate Almond Orange Dessert Pizza
 With 
Schar Gluten Free Pizza Crust













Being both a food blogger and YouTube video producer definitely has its perks.  Alright sometimes it sucks when I’m eating cold food because it took forever to photograph but there are benefits for sure. One such nicety is the fact that it’s not uncommon to receive food samples to review.  Recently I was lucky enough to have Schar send me several boxes of their new and improved pizza crusts and marble cake to try. 

Have you tried Schar’s new gluten free pizza crusts yet?  Since I hadn't tried their old crusts, I didn't have a frame of reference for comparison.   I have to admit that I’m not exactly sure where the differences might lie.

As far as the marble cake goes, it had a very nice flavor and texture but was just slightly on the drier side.  That led me to the thought that the cake would work well as an ingredient in petit fours if I didn't want to bake.  But since I didn't feel like the tedious work of decorating those little one inch cakes so instead I created the orange marmalade cake stacks demonstrated in the YouTube video below. 

They were incredibly good but just a little too sweet for my tastes.  I was also experimenting with several pizzas during this time.  You'll see the results of those experiments at the bottom of this post.  

But while I was dreaming up pizza combinations, I was drawn to the thought that the orange marmalade and ganache I had used in the cake stacks would make an awesome dessert pizza.

And so the Chocolate Almond Orange Dessert Pizza was born.

It was by far better than I could have ever imagined.  

Epic indeed!

Schar Chocolate Almond Orange Gluten Free Dessert Pizza
Prep time: 10 min
Bake time: 12-14 min
Servings:  12

Ingredients
  • 1 Schar gluten free pizza crust
  • 2 tbsp butter, very well softened
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup of orange marmalade, stirred to loosen
  • 4 oz dark chocolate
  • 3 oz heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 1 oz of shaved almonds
Video Tutorial: 



Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to to 325°F (or 163°C) and prep a baking sheet with a piece of parchment sprayed with nonstick spray.
  2. Stir together the softened butter, sugar and cinnamon and brush it over the bottom of the crust. (the part that will be directly on the pan)
  3. Turn the crust right side up on the parchment and if there is any cinnamon butter left, brush it over the edges of the crust.
  4. Brush the orange marmalade over the entire top surface and the edges so that there is a very thin layer covering the crust.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool until the marmalade sets up a little.. (about 10 minutes)
  6. For the almond ganache, combine the chocolate, almond extract and heavy cream in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments stirring after each session until the cream and chocolate are smooth.
  7. Pour the ganache into the center of the pizza and spread to within ¼ inch of the edge.
  8. Scatter the shaved almonds over the top refrigerate until set, slice and serve.   
AND THESE ARE THE OTHER PIZZAS I MADE WITH THE SCHAR CRUSTS:
Consider the photos and short descriptions below just a tease until I have enough time edit a video where I’ll cover all three of these pizzas in greater detail. 


The Shrimp Pizza
After brushing the crust with a small amount of anchovy paste and garlic infused olive oil, this pizza was topped with lemon zest, baby spinach, shrimp, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, capers, crushed red pepper flakes and small amounts of pecorino Romano cheese and mozzarella.













The Pepperoni Green Olive Pizza
Since my daughter wanted nothing to do with the shrimp pizza, this creation is her brainchild.  It’s a classic pepperoni pizza with the addition of some salty green Spanish manzanilla olives.
























The Breakfast Pizza
This crust was brushed with the bacon fat that rendered while I fried the bacon.  Next I topped it with baby spinach, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, crispy bacon, eggs and cheddar.  Once the pizza was cooked I sprinkled over a little sriracha sauce and enjoyed what turned out to be my favorite pizza of all the savory varieties I did.  














Both the Schar gluten free marble cake and ready made pizza crusts are great to have on hand.  Like all gluten free products they can be on the pricey side but like their other products, their worth the money.



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