I really don’t think that cake is the ideal thing to bake someone for their birthday. There are those that love it and I say let them eat it! But I remember a girl I went to elementary school with always having a big chocolate chip cookie for her birthday and thinking that was the coolest thing.
It’s okay to mix it up and get a little unconventional. I love one kind of cake and I get it every year on my birthday because of the cake prerequisite but I also would love a nice fancy cookie as those are my favourite baked good.
So with my partner’s birthday fast approaching I was trying to think of things to make him for his birthday. Then my brother bought me a French baking book (that I’m sure you’ll see all over the blog) and when we were flipping through it my partner spotted a Chocolate Caramel Pizza and decided that was what he HAD to have for his birthday.
Since we’re long distance and I wasn’t sure how well a chocolate caramel pizza would travel on the train, we decided to bake it together on his birthday.
Chocolate Caramel Pizza
- 250g store bought pizza dough
- pinch of cinnamon
- 11 oz dark chocolate (at least 70%)
- 2 tablespoons very cold salted butter
- ½ lemon
- ¾ cup sugar
- 7 tablespoons heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 470F.
- Roll out the pizza dough (roll it out really thin as it will expand in the oven quite a bit) – add a touch of cinnamon (I added a pinch but you can add more) to the crust for a little flavour – and place on a baking sheet line with parchment paper. Bake for about five minutes then take out of oven and set aside.
- Reduce the over temperature to 400F.
- Prepare the caramel: cut the butter into small pieces, squeeze the juice of the half lemon and sieve the juice (or just pick out the seeds as I did) into a heavy saucepan. Add the sugar and heat over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved. Do not add any water and do not stir. Brush the inside of the saucepan with water from time to time to clean off any splashes. Meanwhile, gently heat the cream in a small heavy pan (stir it throughout otherwise it will develop a film and burn). When the caramel is a light golden colour, turn off the heat and pour in the hot cream, stirring constantly. When the cream is incorporated, add the pieces of butter and mix with a wooden spatula until the mixture is smooth.
- Roughly chop the chocolate. Use a spatula to spread the caramel on the pizza to a thickness of about 1/8 inch stopping an inch away from the edge.
- Sprinkle with chopped chocolate (you can add extra layers on top of it because it will all melt together but won’t really shift.
- Bake for 6 minutes and serve hot.
We saved the extra caramel and chocolate (because the recipe calls for A LOT) to use for later.
What do you like to have for a treat on your birthday? Do you bake anything unconventional?
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