Pistachio and mascarpone cream tops this dessert pizza from Italian dwelling pizza makers Cristina Bruno and Giuliano Bronzi of the meals weblog Vuoi Assaggiare. Cooked in a blue iron pan (an Italian specialty tray much like a forged iron pan), this pizza will get crispy on the surface whereas staying cinnamon-roll tender on the within. 

This pizza begins with poolish, a mix of flour, water, and recent yeast that ferments for a few day earlier than it’s added to the remainder of the dough. This will likely sound like a frightening first step, however it solely requires just a little mixing and a number of time. 

And while you give your dough a 14-hour pre-ferment, together with two rises — first in a bulk ferment, then as a dough ball within the pan – you’ll get deliciously huge air bubbles in return. After cooking, a layer of oil within the forged iron pan imparts an almost-fried crunch.

Of their dough recipe, Cristina and Giuliano use diastatic malt (barley that’s been germinated, dried and finely floor), which helps feed yeast and makes your dough sweeter and softer, together with soy lecithin, an emulsifier constituted of soybean oil which produces a softer crumb. Search for these powdered components at well being meals shops or specialty baking retailers, like King Arthur Baking. Can’t discover these substances? Go away them out. You’ll nonetheless find yourself with a fantastic completed product. 

As soon as the dough’s golden brown, this dessert pizza wants to chill down a bit earlier than getting its toppings. Pistachio cream blended with mascarpone will get piped onto a base that’s nonetheless barely heat. Should you’ve by no means labored with pistachio cream, it’s a inexperienced nut butter normally sweetened with honey and sugar, and out there in supermarkets or specialty Italian grocers.  The pizza is then sprinkled with white chocolate chips, which Cristina and Guiliano love for added sweetness, together with chopped pistachios for texture and a dusting of powdered sugar for adornment. 

All of it comes collectively for, as Cristina and Giuliano say, “Peak style in only one chunk!”

Be aware: The pistachio-mascarpone cream topping will be made as much as 2 days prematurely; simply be sure you take it out of the fridge 20 minutes earlier than utilizing so it will possibly come as much as  room temperature. 


25 hours and 35 minutes whole; 35 minutes energetic time (excluding dough prep)



4 x 10-inch pizzas

4 x 270-gram dough balls 



Stand mixer

Ooni Stack or one other hermetic container (for proofing)

24-centimeter blue forged iron pan or Ooni Solid Iron Skillet Pan

Pastry bag (or plastic bag with one nook reduce off)

Spray bottle

Ooni Karu 16 oven 

Ooni Infrared Thermometer

Cooling rack




For the dough

4 ½ cups (560 grams) ‘00’ flour

2 cups and 1 tablespoon (504 milliliters) chilly water (41°F/5℃)

1 ¾ teaspoons (5 grams) recent yeast

2 teaspoons (5.6 grams) diastatic malt powder

½ teaspoon (1 gram) soy lecithin 

1 tablespoon (14 grams) positive sea salt 

1 tablespoon (14 milliliters) extra-virgin olive oil, chilled

For the topping

1 cup and 1 tablespoon (250 grams) mascarpone

¾ cup (180 grams) candy pistachio cream unfold

white chocolate chips, to style (about 15 grams)

chopped pistachios, to style (about 10 grams)

powdered sugar, to style


Put together the pre-fermented poolish utilizing 300 grams ‘00’ flour, 300 milliliters room temperature water, and a couple of grams recent yeast (or roughly half of every).

Put the flour in a bowl, then dissolve the yeast within the water and regularly add it in, mixing with a fork. Add the water little by little to keep away from lumps. The combo might be creamy as a result of it’s 100% hydrated. 

Place in a low rectangular container and relaxation for 12 hours at room temperature (roughly 60-65°F/16-18°C), adopted by one other 2 hours within the fridge.

As soon as the poolish has fermented, it may be added to the remainder of the substances. (Take care to maintain the substances chilly, although, so the temperature of the dough doesn’t rise an excessive amount of.) Within the bowl of a stand mixer, add the poolish, diastatic malt, soy lecithin, 47 milliliters water, and remaining flour and yeast. 

Combine on the lowest velocity for five minutes to make sure the substances are absolutely blended. Add salt and reset to the second-lowest velocity earlier than persevering with to combine. Add the remaining water (157 milliliters) regularly, stopping close to the tip to  pour within the chilled oil earlier than ending with water. 

The ultimate dough combine might be easy and silky in texture. Flip the mixer off and let the dough sit for five minutes, permitting the gluten to loosen up. 

Combine for about one other 3 rotations  and take away the dough. Put just a little chilly water in your palms to make eradicating the dough simpler.

Enable the dough to relaxation for 10 minutes, then fold the dough into a big ball. Relaxation for an additional 10 minutes, then fold three extra occasions. 

Place the dough in an hermetic greased container and relaxation for two hours at room temperature. 

Fold the dough twice extra and place it within the fridge for an additional 2 hours. 

Take the dough out of the fridge and form into balls, dividing it into 4 270-gram items. Enable the dough to rise for 3 hours at room temperature (roughly 65°F/18°C). It ought to rise considerably; if it doesn’t, fold it a couple of extra occasions so extra air is absorbed.

After the dough has proofed, put together the underside of your blue iron pan or forged iron skillet, spreading the oil evenly and utilizing a paper towel to take away any extra.

Lay the risen dough within the pan and stretch it out gently utilizing your fingertips, urgent towards the sides of the pan to distribute the dough evenly throughout the entire floor. 

Cowl with foil and permit the dough to rise a second time, for 3 hours at room temperature or one hour in an oven which has been turned off however with pilot mild nonetheless on. After this, the dough will doubtless be touching the foil.

Half an hour earlier than making your pizza, put together the topping. Mix the mascarpone and pistachio unfold in a mixer. Fill a pastry bag with the ensuing cream. 

Hearth up your oven, aiming for 575°F to 660°F (300°C to 350°C) on the baking stone inside. Use an infrared thermometer to shortly and precisely test the temperature of the stone.

Earlier than inserting the pizza within the oven, take away the foil and use a twig bottle stuffed with water to coat the dough. Should you don’t have a twig bottle, sprinkle the floor with just a little water utilizing your palms. Recuperate the dough with foil and place within the oven, the place the evaporating water will create a steaming impact, leading to an excellent tender dough. 

Decrease the flame in your oven by turning the knob (if utilizing a fuel burner) or refraining from topping up the gasoline tray (if utilizing strong gasoline). Bake for 18 minutes, rotating the pan 3 occasions to make sure a good cook dinner. 

Take away the pizza from the oven and take off the foil. Put the pizza again within the oven for 4-5 minutes to brown the highest.  Keep watch over the bottom and take away when golden brown. 

Extract the pizza from the pan utilizing a spatula and permit it to chill on a cooling rack or reducing board. 

As soon as cooled, cowl the highest of the pizza with pastry cream. Cristina and Giuliano like to chop their pizza into 4 items earlier than including the cream, filling their pastry bag with the mascarpone topping and making small kisses of cream utilizing a star-shaped tip throughout every slice, for a prettier pizza.  

End off with a garnish of white chocolate chips, chopped pistachios, and powdered sugar. Serve and revel in.



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