Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Almond Streusel Cream Cheese Dessert Pizza

Some friends invited us over for dessert and games one night last week and I decided I really wanted a cream cheese danish. But I'm not brave enough to just dive in to making laminated dough at this stage of my baking career so this is what I came up with instead. I've made it a few times now for various groups of people and everyone loves it. It is gooooood.


Same pizza dough and process I blogged about here. But I've recently discovered that my bread maker has a dough cycle which makes my life a really happy place to be. Throw in all wet ingredients plus salt, add flour, make a well and pour in yeast. Turn on dough cycle and ignore for an hour and a half. I'm note sure if it's the additional kneading or what but it makes a slightly softer crust that we really like. Either way, it's still the easiest pizza dough I've found.

Cream Cheese topping (makes enough for 2):

2 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 c sugar
1 egg yolk

Combine all, beat until fluffy.

Streusel (also makes enough for 2):

3/4 c flour
1/4 c packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
6 T butter, room temperature

Mix dry ingredients. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until it fine crumbs form. Use hands to squeeze into larger clumps.


Roll out pizza dough to desired thickness. Spread with half of cream cheese mixture (I've been storing the other half in the fridge for 24-48 hours between baking sessions and it still turns out fine). Sprinkle with streusel mixture and sliced almonds. Bake at 350 for 22-26 minutes. Slice into wedges or breadstick type strips. If you want, when it has cooled a bit you can drizzle it with a powdered sugar glaze (a little bit of milk beat with a lot of powdered sugar). It's best served warm.

Even though it would probably be fine left out on the counter, I've been storing it in a tupperware in the fridge since I'm not really sure. 20 seconds in the microwave makes for a lovely warm morning snack :)

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