Thursday, May 19, 2011

Free and Easy Bake-Along #1: Streusel Pizza

I'm baking along with Lena of Frozen Wings, as a fun, free and easy bake-along. We have several books in common, and I thought that it would be a great idea to bake from these books together. For this first bake-along, Lena has suggested several recipes and I have chosen this sweet pizza from her list. I have always wanted to bake a sweet pizza but never did! There's always dozens of other recipes to chose from, and always "maybe next time"? Whatever the reason, this bake-along has already prompted me to bake something that has  been 'on-the-list' and now it's on the table! 

This Streusel Pizza recipe is taken from the book "500 Pizzas & Flatbreads" by Rebecca Baugniet.  The base is a thin pizza base. The streusel complements well with the strawberries and the cream cheese topping, overall the sweetness is just right.  This is good with a cup of tea. My kids really enjoyed this sweet pizza. 

The recipe of the dough stated that the amount of dough can be made into 3 pieces of 12-inch round pizza. I made it into 2 pieces instead, as I find that it is difficult to roll to a very thin layer of 2mm, as there are holes when I try to roll it thinner! I really need to practice more on this step, and I mean lots of practice!

After baking, let pizza rest for about 10 minutes to enjoy the crispiness of the dough. Don't forget that cup of hot plain tea. 

Wanna have a bite? ...mmmm

Please do visit Lena of Frozen Wings and see her delicious sweet pizza. We will be baking "Gateau Breton" from "Heavenly Cakes" By Rose Levy Beranbaum for next month's Free and Easy Bake-Along, together with Zoe of Bake For Happy Kids.

I'm linking this with Full Plate Thursday over at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Basic Thin Pizza Base
(adapted from "500 Pizzas & Flatbreads" by Rebecca Baugniet)
This base rises only once and bakes in minutes, making it the quickiest base to make. It can be made into three 30-cm (12-in) pizzas, as desribed below, or divided into six individual 15-cm (6-in) pizzas. Baking time remains consistent.

175gm (6oz) plain flour
200gm (7 oz) strong white bread flour
5ml (1 tsp) sugar
5ml (1 tsp) easy-blend dried yeast
5ml (1 tsp) salt
22ml (1-1/2 tbsp) extra-virgin olive oil
225ml (8fl oz) very warm water

To prepare the pizza dough, combine flours. Mix 225gm (8oz) flour with the sugar, yeast, and salt in bowl of standing mixer. Set aside. Combine olive oil and warm water. With paddle attachment, slowly stir in the water and oil into the flour mixture until well combined. Mix in the remaining flour.
Change to dough hook attachment and knead on low for 4 to 5 minutes, until dough comes together as a ball and is smooth and elastic. If not using a standing mixer, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for about 10 minutes.
Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and cover with clean paper towel. Set aside in a warm spot for 1-1/2 to 3 hours, until dough has almost doubled in volume.
Once dough has risen, use a sharp knife to divide the ball into 3 equal pieces. Shape each into a ball, and flatten to form a disc. Using fingers or rolling pin, stretch out each dist co 30-cm (12-in) rounds, which is very thin - about 2mm (1/12 in).

(my notes : I use the breadmaker to mix the dough)

Streusel Pizza
(this recipe is for enough for one pizza only)
1/3 recipe basic thin pizza base

115gm (4oz) cream cheese, softened
1 large egg yolk
1.25ml (1/4 tsp) vanilla essence
7.5ml (1-1/2 tsp) sugar
75gm (3oz) fresh strawberries, hulled (I use about 200gm, 75gm is simply not enough!)

60gm (2-1/2oz) light brown sugar
25gm (3oz) unsalted butter, melted
15ml (1 tbsp) plain flour

Preheat oven to 200C (400F/Gas Mark 6).
Line a 30-cm (12-in) pizza pan with baking paper. Roll pizza dough out to a 30-cm (12-in) round and place in pan. In medium bowl, combine cream cheese, egg yolk, vanilla and sugar. Stir until smooth.
In small bowl, combine all the streusel ingredients until you have a crumbly mixture. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the pizza base, top with strawberries and sprinkle with streusel.
Place on middle rack of preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the base is baked and the streusel topping is crunchy. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. this look so nice and delicious! im sure both of you had fun baking together! (:

  2. ooooooh i've always wanted to bake a sweet pizza too, looks so yummy :)

  3. Oh this sounds amazing!! I am definitely trying this! : )

  4. Joy, I just left you a comment and my Internet connection cut out on me and it didn't post - ARGH! I was just saying I've never had a sweet pizza before and this looks absolutely amazing! I love the idea. Being a total pizza fanatic, I would go crazy for this.

  5. Joy, what a great breakfast pizza this would make, yum!

  6. Pizza looks amazingly tasty and delicious. Toppings look so inviting and unique. Would definitely try it out this weekend.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. This strawberry pizza is very pretty in its colours. Totally agree that 75g strawberry is not enough for this pizza.

    I'm looking forward to join in the bake-along of Gateau Breton. The description of the recipe seems good to me.

  8. This looks like a really tasty sweet pizza. I love the fruit on top!

  9. Incredible pizza, loved those toppings especially the addition of strawberries..

  10. joyce, agree..not that easy to roll that to a really thin crust an di really like the cream cheese base. Yum, isnt it?

  11. Yay, I can have pizza for dessert! This looks yummy, except I would have them with a cup of coffee instead ;)

  12. So fun to bake along, but I don't own all these books, let me get these books first.

  13. Oh yes I saw this over on Lena's blog. I don't recall her using the strawberries though? Nice touch!

  14. This is such a fun and unique pizza!

  15. I'm glad I came over from Lena's blog - a bake-along seems like a fun idea! For me though, I should first brush the dust off my oven and get it cookin'! :P

  16. Wonderful wonderful idea! It's a keeper! I am sure it's delicious!

  17. Good to see both of you having fun bake-along! Delicious looking pizza!

  18. My beloved friend hi,
    This is a new recipe for pizza !!!
    Very nice idea, thank you !
    Many greetings and kisses

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  20. se ve exquisita una pizza dulce me encanta con ingredientes atractivos,cariños y abrazos.

  21. This looks absolutely delicious. Beautiful pizza. Blessings, Catherine xo

  22. So glad that I bumped into ur space. loved the pizza. Bookmarked. Glad to follow you. Do follow me.

  23. Pizza looks really yummy. I am a novice baker :)
    Following you for more yummy recipes.

    Do visit my blog and would love for you to follow me too ..


  24. Hi aipi,
    So could I, got to refrain myself from eating more!

    Hi The Sweetylicious,
    Yes, this is a fun bake-along. You are welcome to join in anytime.

    Hi muppy,
    This is the first sweet pizza I've baked, and looks like it won't be the last one!

    Hi Holly,
    Hope you enjoy making and eating this!

    Hi Brenda,
    Yes, I'm sure you will like this, I can see how much you love pizza!

  25. Hi Melynda,
    This would make a lovely breakfast alright!

    Hi Deepa,
    Have fun trying it out! Enjoy!

    Hi Zoe,
    This is a lovely sweet pizza, we enjoyed it. Look forward to you joining us for next month's bake-along.

    Hi yummychunklet,
    We love the strawberries too, I tripled it as the original 75gm is way too little!

  26. Hi Priya,
    The strawberries definitely give a fresh lovely tangy taste to this sweet pizza.

    Hi Lena,
    Oh yes, the cream cheese is delicious! Can't wait for next bake-along!

    Hi Xinmei,
    Yes, I agree with you, coffee would be nice too with this pizza!

    Hi Sonia,
    Thank you for stopping by. You are welcome to join in the bake-along! Join us for the next bake-along.

    Hi Brittany,
    Lena uses pineapples, either one, I think both pineapples and strawberries complements well with the cheese topping!

    Hi Angie,
    It was fun actually, trying out this lovely sweet pizza and I could not wait to try it as soon as it is out of the oven!

    Hi Life for Beginners,
    Thank you for stopping by. Good idea to brush the dust of the oven and start cooking! You will be deliciously rewarded!

    Hi FGF,
    This is definitely a keeper! I'm already thinking of the next topping!

    Hi DG,
    Thank you for visiting! Nice to see you here. Yes, it was fun baking-along with Lena!

    Hi magda,
    Thank you for stopping by and your lovely words!

    Hi Julie,
    Glad that you stopped by! Am happy to follow you back!

    Hi Rosita,
    Thank you for stopping by and your lovely comments! Have a nice day!

    Hi Catherine,
    Thank you! Have a nice day!

    Hi Radhika,
    Thank you for stopping by and for following. Am happy to follow you too! Hope to see you soon. Have a lovely day!

    Hi Vardhini,
    Thank you for your lovely words and for following. I'm happy to follow you too. Have a nice day!

  27. If Im good at baking like you, I will be trying this and all your pastry recipes! Love pizza but havent eaten sweet pizza before..

  28. I definetely want a bite!!
    have a nice week end!

  29. What a fantastic sweet pizza pie :) I'd love to give this a shot! bookmarking to try!

  30. Hi Joy,
    Looks like you have a winner here. I just love dessert pizza's and your Strusel Pizza looks delicious.I will take a couple of slices please. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and I look forward to seeing you next week!

  31. Your dessert pizza looks delightful. No odubt my family would enjoy this treat.

    Bake alongs are great.


  32. You're making me drool :) That pizza looks fantastic! Yummy!

  33. Oh, this is my kind of pizza. It looks delicious and anything with raspberries is great! A must try!

  34. I've never tried baking a sweet pizza at home but this looks incredibly to try this sometimes soon..thanks for sharing!

  35. Oh, this looks delicious! I've never seen a sweet pizza before but I love the idea.

  36. OMG...that pizza looks fantastic!

  37. Your streusel Pizza looks delicious. It is such a good idea. That is a cookbook to have.

  38. What fun and looks SO delicious - YUM!!!

  39. Wow .. perfectly always! when can i have a taste?

  40. This looks wonderful. Your food always looks so delicious. My family would love this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  41. I never tasted a sweet pizza but seeing yours I think it will soon be in my fav list! Excellent!

  42. Happy weekend! Don't forget to come over and share a recipe at Savory Sunday!!

  43. Look really delicious! I love the idea!! gloria

  44. wow it looks amazing - love the idea of strawberry! and i really hope i can join your bake along one of these days, such an interesting idea :D