Dmitri and I are both sort of in love with Giada De Laurentis. While he appreciates her, um, assets, I can’t get enough of her enthusiasm for delicious (and fairly simple) meals—and her clear appreciation of all things chocolate.
I’m not sure if it’s the sincere smile, or beautiful Anthropologie wardrobe, or ability to remain so lovely (and teeny-tiny) despite her habit of using copious amounts of olive oil while espousing the health benefits of the oil-laden meal, but Giada is, without a doubt, my food Oprah; if she suggests something, I feel compelled to try it. Like the time I dragged poor Dmitri out for ice cream in a rain storm—just a few hours after he graduated from OCS—because she’d mentioned Cold Fusion Gelato on her Weekend Getaways show. Or when I, pregnant and starving, stumbled upon her recipe for creamy rigatoni (find it here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/everyday-italian/rigatoni-with-creamy-mushroom-sauce-recipe/index.html) and immediately went to the store for mushrooms and mascarpone.
So a few days ago, when I found this recipe for dessert pizza (available here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/chocolate-pizza-recipe/index.html) while searching for reliable pizza-dough instructions— well, I knew it was only a matter of time.
In an effort to save some money, I made my own chocolate almond spread to use in place of the Nutella by grinding 1 cup of whole raw almonds, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, ½ cup of melted dark chocolate chips, and a little salt in the food processor. And when my dough—half whole wheat flour, half white flour—came out of the oven, I wasted no time slathering chocolate-almond spread all over it before topping it with sliced banana and toffee bits.
Now, I’m no Giada. I wear yoga pants and t-shirts most of the time, I eat dessert too often, and my assets—well, the year’s events have altered my assets a bit, to say the least.
But chocolate pizza?
She’s either my sister or my soul mate.
Dmitri will be happy either way :).