Brie, Pear and Cranberry Pizza Bread
A delicious and festive bread made from store-bought or homemade pizza dough. This post is sponsored by Stonyfield.
I belong to a really incredible book club. It started well over a year ago when this really cool woman named Cathy, whom I barely knew, emailed and asked if I wanted to start the club with her. She thought her and I had potential as great friends. She wanted us to each invite a few people that we didn’t know very well who we also thought had that kind of potential.
We both chose well!
Now we’re a closely knit group of smart, quick, funny, interesting women who get together every month. We all almost always show up. We just can’t miss a meeting. We talk about the book but we also just talk. I couldn’t even tell you what about. It’s always great and I’m always sad when a meeting ends.
Last month for our meeting I wanted to do something special for the group. I asked Stonyfield, who you probably know are good friends of mine, to send us some of their awesome Oh My Yog yogurt. It’s this layered yogurt that is so creamy. But the best part is that it comes in really grown up flavors. My favorites are the Cranberry-Orange and Ginger Pear. The Ginger Pear is probably my all-time favorite yogurt ever, actually. It’s the one in green here.
That was the decided favorite of my book club friends too. So much so that they were still talking about it last night at our meeting a whole month later!
Those two flavors inspired me to make a special dish to take to book club alongside the yogurts. It’s a pizza bread. I’ve talked about pizza bread on here before. Basically, I make pizza dough or buy a ball of store-bought pizza dough, smoosh it into an olive-oiled pan, top it with tasty things and bake it. My favorite dough to buy is sold near the deli counter at my Publix store and comes in a plain plastic bag. Sold by the pound. I have also used the branded refrigerated doughs from the dairy case. They’re not as good. My homemade pizza dough is even better (and well worth the effort).
This one is topped with homemade cranberry sauce (but you can use canned! I love cranberry sauce and am always looking for ways to use it), sliced pears and chunks of Brie. It’s quick and easy to make but is a show-stopper. Or a book-club stopper. When I brought it into the room, everyone stopped talking and started eating.
You’re so going to love this one!
Brie, Pear and cranberry Pizza Bread
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 1 lb. pizza dough (store-bought or this pizza dough recipe)
- 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce (canned or homemade)
- 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
- 1/4 lb. Brie, sliced and then cut into small pieces
- coarse sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Coat the bottom of a 13x9" cake pan with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Smoosh the dough into the pan pressing it right to the edges. Drizzle with remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Spread with the cranberry sauce. Arrange the pear slices in a single overlapping layer and top with the Brie.
- Bake until browned on the bottom and edges and cooked through, 25-40 minutes (look at the instructions that came with your dough or in the dough recipe to give you an idea of how long the dough you're using will take to cook. Use that as a guide).
- Remove from oven. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Serve immediately or cool on a wire rack and serve at room temperature.
Disclosure: I’m a Brand Ambassador for Stonyfield meaning that they pay me to write about their products on my site and in social media. I adore all of their products and use them all the time, so this isn’t hard to do. For this particular post, they sent yogurt to my house for me to take to the book club meeting. All opinions are my own.