Oh, haiyyy. Just gimme a minute to lick the final cinnamon streusel crumbs off my sticky fingers and attempt to be coherent enough to write something.
Or get another slice. Cause coherent thoughts might not be happening.
This pizza, and by pizza I mean subtly sweet thick crust topped with a heavy sprinkling of cinnamon streusel crumbs and drizzled with a warm maple glaze, is so distractingly good. And much like yesterday’s awesome chili was inspired by my hoarding of those blue corn and flax tortilla chips from Target, today’s dreamy cinnamon sugar greatness was brought on by a summer trip to the Wisconsin Dells and a fine dining experience at the one and only: Pizza Ranch.
I kind of cringed when I wrote that because I’m visualizing of all you fancypants readers sitting there drinking your tea with your pinkies out who will now judge me.
Or more like GET JEALOUS. Fancypants, get real witcha self.
found out relearned at the Pizza Ranch is that dessert pizza is basically the world’s most lovable food.
Show me a person who doesn’t like dessert pizza and I will show them this photo/diagram of deep dish cinnamon streusel dessert pizza, and how that barely sweet pillowy crust is just saturated with that butter and sugar cinnamon streusel while still holding on to its textured crumbs on top and how the whole thing is being altogether bear-hugged by that warm maple glaze.
Thaaaa Textuuuure. Gives me chills.
“But when would I even eat this?”
Okay. I know this is breaking the rules on a few levels, but hear me out:
Eat it for breakfast. It’s so thick and pillowy and bready, and the cinnamon flavors are so cozy and I swear the flavors taste the better when you are wearing sweatpants and a fleece. At least that’s true if you live in Minnesota and you own items of clothing called “fleeces”. It reminds me of a cinnamon roll in dessert pizza form, or coffee cake pizza. It begs you for a steaming mug of coffee, a big glass of milk, or a shmear of sweet cream butter. But I did not just say that.
I think normal people have it for dessert or something. And I guess that’d work.
- half of this batch of dough or any other pizza dough**
- cinnamon sugar to taste
- ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons flour
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil**
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- Crust: Preheat the oven to 425. Generously oil a round cake pan. Place the ball of dough in the cake pan and press outwards until the edges of the dough are creeping up the sides of the pan. Sprinkle the dough lightly with cinnamon sugar.
- Crumbs: Pulse the flours and sugars in a food processor with the butter and oil (or form crumbs with your hands). Pulse JUST until crumbs form and sprinkle over the pizza on top of the unbaked crust.
- Bake for anywhere from 8-10 minutes. When the crust and topping are golden brown, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
- Whisk the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and cream together. Adjust consistency with a little extra water or milk. Drizzle over the warm pizza. Cut into wedges and serve with coffee or a big glass of milk. Mmm.
**Use canola oil if you're worried about the taste of the olive oil. I didn't notice a taste at all.
I have one quick announcement to make unrelated to deep dish cinnamon streusel dessert pizza: Our house offer was accepted on Monday and come October-ish, we will be living in a cute lil’ old house by a beautiful lake! asjdflkajshgkldjas;fj
I’m sitting on cloud nine holding a slice of dessert pizza.