Banana Caramel and Chocolate Dessert Pizza

Banana Caramel and Chocolate Dessert Pizza, is a very easy and easy last-minute dessert. On the table in 20 minutes!

The Italian Restaurant Zizzi recently set me a challenge to create a dessert pizza or any savoury dish that could be turned sweet.

Banana Caramel and Chocolate Dessert Pizza

I first came up with the possibility of a Cinnamon and Caramelised Apple Lasagne. But sadly although it tasted okay, it wasn't somehow quite right and certainly didn't work photography-wise.

But I'm not one to give up easily and although I had to let it go this time, I'll work on it!

After an amazing meal at Zizzi and feeling inspired by the new addition to their new dessert menu - 'Strawberry and Chocolate Pizza' I took on Zizzi's challenge and made my own dessert pizza.

I was really pleased with the result, especially because I very rarely make dessert and never know where to begin. I must say that trying their new dessert really did inspire me to get thinking and have a go.

Hopefully after reading this post then you also might want to have a go yourself.

What is Dulce de Leche?

Dulce de leche is a confection from Latin America prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a substance that derives its flavour from the Maillard reaction, also changing colour.

Dulce de leche is Spanish for "Sweet [made] of milk". dulce de leche is known as 'manjar de leche or just 'manjar.

You might notice a strange ingredient in the recipe and that is lemon juice. Dipping the banana slices in lemon juice will stop them from going brown.

It is quite expensive though, so I can recommend an alternative; Carnation Caramel, it still tastes amazing and I have used it a few times when making Dulch de Leche filled Muffins.

Anyway, both are available in any good supermarket.

Readymade Pizza Base

I can't recommend the pizza bases (sold in a pack of 2) from the food hall at Marks and Spencer. You'll find them on the grocery counter somewhere near the rice.

They are lovely and soft and actually don't look too readymade if you know what I mean.




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Banana Caramel and Chocolate Dessert Pizza

Banana Caramel and Chocolate Dessert Pizza

This is quite rich so this recipe will easily serve 4 it's especially nice served with ice cream.
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 20 M

Ingredients:

  • 1 x shop-bought pizza base
  • a jar of Dulce de Leche (I used Merchant Gourmet) you won't need to use the whole jar so it's an excuse to make more pizzas!
  • 2 bananas - sliced
  • 1 lemon - juice only (to stop the bananas going brown)
  • about 8 squares of dark chocolate - melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C /400F or Gas 6
  2. Pop the pizza base onto a baking tray or pizza stone and brush all around the edge with water and sprinkle with caster sugar. 
  3. Cook the pizza base for about 15 minutes WITHOUT adding any topping.
  4. Squeeze the juice from a lemon into a small bowl. 
  5. Slice the bananas and cover a couple at a time to make sure they get fully coated with the lemon juice. 
  6. Remove the bananas as you go and pop them onto a plate. *If you don't do use lemon juice your bananas will go brown almost instantly.
  7. Once the pizza has cooked and is golden around the edge, remove the oven and pop onto a wire rack to cool slightly.
  8. Spread the Dulce de Leche leaving the golden edge of the pizza on show.
  9. Arrange the sliced bananas over the caramel.
  10. Get a fork and dip it into the melted chocolate.
  11. Now drizzle over the pizza using a side to side motion from a little height; that's the best way to get a nice looking covering of chocolate.
  12. Eat while the pizza is still nice and warm.
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Disclosure: We were guests at Zizzi restaurant and I have been compensated for my time and the ingredients used. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.


4 comments

  1. I really think this sweet pizza trend has potential! I love what you've come up with. Not been to Zizzi for ages, I must take Ted there in the holidays.

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  2. Love your sweet Jan, I am going to visit Zizi's soon too :)

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  3. Not sure about dessert pizza ... prefer something lighter... but the Zizis in Cheltenham is lovely... in an old church. Enjoyed a recent visit.

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  4. Oh I absolutely love the sound of this! Yes please!!!

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