Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pizza--a whole new spin (Part 3)

Photo by Noel Bamhurst, Bon Appetit March 2007

What do the movies "Barbarella",
"Three Days of the Condor", "Dune", and "U-571" have in common with the photo to the left?

All of them were produced by Dino De Laurentiis, and this beautiful chocolate-chocolate-chocolate pizza was produced by his granddaughter, Giadda De Laurentiis.

Giadda was born in Rome, Italy but raised in southern California. She studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, and then returned to the United States where she worked as a professional chef and food stylist. She was contacted by the Food Network after one of her styling pieces appeared in Food and Wine Magazine. Her cooking program, Everyday Italian, has been broadcast on the Food Network since 2003.

This recipe is on the Food Network website.

1 pound homemade pizza dough
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons milk
chocolate chips
2 tablespoons
white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, toasted

Position the oven rack on the bottom of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F.

Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough to a 9-inch-diameter round. Transfer the dough
 to the prepared baking sheet. Using your fingers, make indentations all over the dough. Brush the dough with butter, then bake until the crust is crisp and pale golden brown, about 20 minutes. Immediately spread the chocolate-hazelnut spread over the pizza then sprinkle all the chocolate chips over. Bake just until the chocolate begins to melt, about 1 minute. Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the pizza. Cut into wedges and serve. 

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