Mother’s Day and The (Much) Deserved Dessert Pizza

Larry making pizza 2009-hires

Mother’s Day comes oh but once a year, though anyone who has a mother, knows a mother, is a mother, or is married to a mother (yes, that means all of us) knows that mothers are – excuse the catering pun here – the meat and potatoes of life.

But meat and potatoes won’t do for a Mother’s Day celebration. Mom deserves something special, something sweet, something surprising. No, not surprising like a call from the principal. And no, not surprising like finding a half-eaten tuna sandwich in the glove box. We mean something GOOD.

The Sicilian Dessert Pizza is recipe number 27 in the Epicurean Catering’s 30 Year Cookbook, but it is definitely a contender for the number one spot in the favorites line-up. Larry DiPasquale and a team of chefs traveled to Florence, Italy and returned with several divine recipes, including this one. Combining Colorado’s glorious fruits with Italy’s pizza expertise is pure perfection. We are giving you our secret recipe to make this dish at home. We didn’t want to, but our mothers taught us to share.

Epicurean’s Sicilian Dessert Pizza

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes | Serves: 4-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 cooked Sicilian pizza sheet or focaccia sheet, 12×18″
  • 1/2 orange, skin on, sliced thin
  • 12 strawberries, sliced
  • 8oz Marscarpone cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 oz  white or dark chocolate, shaved (lots more to taste)
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier (lots more to taste)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan
  • Add brown sugar and cook until it forms a syrup, approx. 3-4 minutes
  • Brush dough sheet with butter/syrup mix
  • Layer with sliced oranges
  • Top oranges with sliced strawberries
  • Slide pizza into oven (pizza stone recommended) and bake until dough begins to brown, approx. 5-7 minutes
  • Remove from oven and place dabs of Marscarpone cheese around the tp of the pizza, 3-4″ apart
  • Sprinkle with Grand Marnier
  • Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes or until Marscarpone begins to melt
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with white chocolate
  • Cut into 2×2″ pieces and serve warm
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