Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mazzio's Chocolate Chip Pizza Recipe

Wynne Arkansas Mazzio's Pizza
A month ago, I took a road-trip across this great country of ours. Having met friends over the years from all over the world I asked some friends where to eat and what to do along the way. It's truly the best way to vacation, because they already know the best places. One of my friends, Sarah, grew up in Arkansas and a few week prior to our personal Gumball Rally, she visited a place called Mazzio's. I of course wrote it down, and when we landed in the small town of Wynne Arkansas for the night, we tromped over to the local Mazzio's for their pizza buffet.

Mazzio's is a small fast-food chain of pizza restaurants with a very clean, and upscale dining room. While the food is typical (though there are a few exceptions like taco pizza), and the pizza average, the chain boasts a dining room of dim light and a themed Italian cafe eatery (or at least this one did). We were of course simply happy to be off the road. We had drove all the way from Greensboro, NC, and food, especially pizza and a salad made us feel recharged. Considering this was likely Wynne's nicest restaurant, nosing out the Subway in the Wal-Mart, we were happy to be there.

Mazzio's was one of the innovators of thin crust pizza.
Ken Selby, a teacher, and by night a pizza connoisseur
 began his pizza career in 1961.


But then Dessert happened. Forget the pizza, forget the salad, go straight to the dessert pizzas. Apple, peach, cinnamon. in a pecan pie flavoring upon a pizza crust. They're fabulous. Something just occurs with Mazzio's dessert pizza's that turn their product into something amazing. Their most popular is the chocolate chip pizza. Of course, I've had chocolate chip pizza before. Pizza Inn is most notable for it. The truth is, Mazzio's does it better. It's like a combination of chocolate chip cookies and pecan pie.

I've now been working on this recipe for serveral weeks, and while the texture is slightly different than Mazzio's, the flavors are spot on. Give it a go, and you too might love Mazzio's recipe for chocolate chip dessert pizza.

Mazzio's Chocolate Chip Pizza Recipe

Ingredients:
1 thin pizza crust *
My version of their recipe.
1 stick of butter
1 cup of light brown sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 cup of light corn syrup
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Directions:
1. If butter is cold, microwave for 30 seconds or until soft.
2. Mix all ingredients.
3. Spread on top of pizza crust on baking sheet **
4. bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10-12
Total time: 25 min
Yield: 8 servings
Serving size:  1 slice
*I simple purchased the pre-baked "thin" crusts that come two in a pack at the store.

**I would recommend leaving a bit of a crust on the pizza, as the cookie portion does spread as it cooks, unless you have a pan with a lip.