Put an end to breakfast boredom, and bring smiles to your morning with an irresistibly comforting berry Nutella dessert pizza. Start the day off right with a special treat that is easy for children to help make. Invite your taste testers into the kitchen to sample the delicious flavors and adjust the recipe to their liking!

Being at home for almost two months during the stay-at-home orders has been full of ups and downs. Some days we are well-rested, hydrated, and enjoying the interesting activities we can fit into our day because of our flexible schedules. Other days feel monotonous. Day after day, it’s the same old thing of going nowhere and seeing no one.

So we decided to spruce up our springtime breakfast routine with this fun, simple dessert pizza. My children are always craving sweets, and this was a super special treat to start our day off on a positive note.

Biting into that tasty cocoa and hazelnut spread brings me back to the warm summer of 2000 that I spent in Florence and in Rome, Italy, where Nutella was plentiful in every market my family and I shopped in for our weekly food to fill the pantry of our cute little apartment; I believe it was on Via dei Servi, a road connecting two Piazzas.

My favorite memories were of enjoying exquisitely-flavored, freshly-made meals with family and friends. We dined on satisfying dishes while we were surrounded by the most picturesque views of ancient buildings and the prettiest Tuscan countryside. My extended family met up with us there, and we explored the cities together.

One of my childhood friends and her family came to stay at a neighboring apartment down the road from the Duomo. We appreciated all of the incredible sights, and we enjoyed the exquisite culinary creations that Italy has to offer. Since it was the summer before beginning high school, it was such a big transition year. All the sights, sounds, and flavors of Italy will always represent that moment in time to me.

2000 was our second trip to Italy. The first was in 1996, when I was 10, and when the sweet flavors of fresh Italian pastries wafting out of the bakeries of Northern Italy created the most vivid memory I can still imagine to this day.

Even in the small town of VölsFiè, at the foot of the legendary Schlern mountain, when my grandmother walked me to the small market in town, I remember the most delicious treats and ingredients.

Today in our home, we might not have any travels planned, but the most simple ingredients used in creative ways brings back that intense emotional connection of a memory. Although my pandemic kitchen involves cooking from my pantry, each flavor and ingredient is carefully chosen in the supermarket to transport me back to a happy moment in time.

Ingredients

  • 1 Wewalka classic pizza family style crust
  • 1/2 carton of strawberries
  • 1/4 carton of blueberries
  • Graham crackers
  • Powdered sugar
  • Honey
  • Nutella

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay the pizza crust out on a cookie sheet.

Spread a layer of Nutella with a spatula.

Slice the strawberries, and place them on top of the pizza crust. In between the strawberries, add the blueberries. The pizza should be completely covered with delicious fresh fruit.

Being home for so long means that we’ve become resourceful with the ingredients we had in the house. My daughter suggested we sprinkle some graham crackers on top.

Then I drizzled the honey on top, and I baked it for 20 minutes.

You could also only cook the crust until it turns golden brown, and then top it with the Nutella and the fruit to get more of the hazelnut flavor and the crispness of fresh fruit in each bite. 
When the crust turns golden brown, it’s time to take it out of the oven. Let it cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top for a beautiful dash of brightness to the dish, and enjoy!

The sweet flavor of the chocolate and hazelnut spread transports me to one of my favorite summer travels, while the fresh springtime fruit brings me back to the wonderful present with my daughters, who enjoy these irresistible flavors as much as I do.

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