Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sweet Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza

This Sweet Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza has been on my must-make list ever since Giada made it on her original cooking show, Everyday Italian, which was quite frankly many years ago.  I suppose this proves my must-make list is way too long. I mean I actually have recurring nightmares about my list. In my dream someone is chasing me and I tell them I can't die because I have way too many recipes left to cook! The pressure...

I'm so happy I finally got around to this Sweet Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza. It's so pretty! Imagine sweet buttery crust dusted with cinnamon-sugar, spread with a heavy-hand of creamy mascarpone cheese, topped with ripe juicy fruit. It's a little bit of heaven on a plate.

It's also the perfect treat for the season, whether you serve it for Easter Brunch, Mother's Day, Bridal Showers, Graduation, or any other spring celebration.  I also love that you can make this ahead of time. Let's face it. Hosting parties is always stressful and we all need as many make ahead gems as possible.  Feel free to change up the berries as you like. Use whatever is in season in your part of the world.  Just do me a favor and keep it in mind for your upcoming celebrations. You won't be sorry.

Sweet Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza
Adapted from Food Network
By Giada Delaurentiis
Serves 4-6

1 store-bought pizza dough
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 tablespoons Cinnamon-Sugar, divided, recipe follows
2 cups mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
2 cups mixed berries

1 vanilla bean
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

To Make Cinnamon-Sugar: Cut the vanilla bean in half, lengthwise. Using the back of a knife, scrape along the inside of the vanilla bean to collect the seeds. Scrape vanilla bean seeds into a small bowl. Add sugar and cinnamon and stir to combine. Set aside in a small serving bowl.

To Make Pizza:  Using a rolling pin, roll out the pizza dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch (Keep in mind how thick you'd like your pizza to be. I wish I had made mine a bit thinner).  Transfer the pizza dough to the lined baking sheet and brush the dough with the melted butter. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Cinnamon-Sugar and bake until golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. Cool the pizza crust on a wire rack.

To Make The Topping:  In a medium bowl, mix together the cheese, cream, lemon juice, and zest. Spread the cheese mixture over the cooled crust. Top with mixed berries and sprinkle with the remaining Cinnamon-Sugar. Slice like a pizza and serve.
Theme: March Potluck!


  1. Ohhh, this looks so good! It's going to go on my must-try list! I know what you mean about having nightmares about the list, I'm in the same boat. I actually do keep a list and when I add to it, I see all the other stuff I've added and I get flooded with ideas. And subsequently overwhelmed :) Hope you had a great weekend!

  2. This looks so yummy! And so super easy too!
    You made me smile with your dream about your long-list! I guess most of us have our moments with our list of recipes that we are just "dying" to try! I wake up each morning, actually thinking about my list and what should I make for the day! Needless to say, the list is getting longer by the day! Especially so when there's a new cookbook added to the shelf!

  3. Look at all of that gorgeous fruit arranged so beautifully! That would make a lovely brunch dish.

  4. OK, I would be happy just eating that gorgeous cinnamon crust on it's own so putting the creamy mascarpone topping and fresh berries on top takes it over the delicious edge. ;-) I want this now!

    You don't want to see my must-make recipe list and its companion pile of clippings and bookmarked online & Pinterest recipes. Talk about nightmares! ;-)

  5. Dessert pizza pretty much sounds like one of the best things EVER! I want a slice!

  6. Alexis has 4 quarts of strawberries that she got from a friend at work. I'll pass this on to her because she is debating ideas of what to make tonight.

  7. You did make me smile, Kim - your "must-make" list sounds disturbingly like mine :-) I never would have thought of breakfast pizza, but I'm loving this idea. Of course it looks utterly gorgeous, and anything that can be prepared in advance (especially when it comes to breakfast) is a winner with me.


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