So you’re having a pizza party and all the guests have had their fair share of pizza, you need some desserts and you’ve still got a hot oven. What can you make?
Here are a list of the best desserts you can cook in a pizza oven. Some are simple go-tos which you can knock out with no preparation, some will take some prior planning.
For each dessert in the list, there is a recipe with guidance how to recreate it yourself. When you’ve gained some experience in cooking in your wood fired oven, then you can adapt your own recipes.
I’ve done some other articles on cooking in a pizza oven. Check out the other posts in this series for some more inspiration – 25 foods to cook in your pizza oven and also 15 breads to cook in your pizza oven.
Guide To Cooking Temperatures
You can cook lots of dishes in the wood fired oven. I’ve put together this table as a guide to temperature. Once you try a few things then you can adapt your regular recipes to be used in your pizza oven.
|Fahrenheit||Celsius||Style Of Cooking||What To Cook|
|750°F +||400°C+||Pizza cooking||Pizza, garlic bread, naan bread|
|540 – 600°F||280 – 320°C||Grilling||Steak, sardines, shrimp|
|450 – 540°F||230 – 280°C||Roasting||Turkey, Roast potatoes, whole fish|
|400 – 450°F||200 – 230°C||Baking Bread||Sourdough, pizza rolls, foccacia|
|320 – 400°F||160 – 200°C||Baking Desserts||Carrot cake, brownies,|
cinnamon rolls, strawberry cobbler
|210 – 250°F||100 – 120°C||Slow cooking||Pulled pork, BBQ ribs, stews|
Guidelines To Cooking Desserts
Cooking dessert is fairly straight forward in a wood fired oven. Some recipes will require temperatures to be accurate so I recommend getting an infrared thermometer if you don’t already. Make sure to get one that goes to high enough temperatures like this one on Amazon (affiliate link).
When cooking desserts, you will usually be doing this with residual heat from cooking something else. This left over heat is great because it has given a nice even cooking temperature throughout the oven as the oven has had time to “soak” the heat.
To bake, you shouldn’t have a live fire in the oven, but embers brushed to the side are OK. So you need to build up the fire until the oven is more than hot enough, and then let the fire die down until it is ready to bake.
You can use standard cooking pans and skillets to cook desserts in the oven. It might be useful to get an oven hook so you can retrieve dishes easily from the oven. You can get one like this on Amazon which has a long handle.
10 Desserts To Cook In A Pizza Oven
Brownies can be made in a rectangular pan and cut into squares or they can be cooked in a skillet and served straight from the skillet (like the recipe linked). Everyone loves a warm chocolate brownie served with some vanilla ice cream.
Get the recipe – Warm Skillet Brownies
A list wouldn’t be complete without the classic Nutella pizza. This is the most simple ways to use up your left over pizza dough, and it tastes absolutely divine with the melted hazelnut chocolate. Just make a pizza base as you usually would, and then top with Nutella until cooked through. Add some fruit like strawberries if you have them.
Get the recipe – Nutella Pizza
Wood fired apples
Apples can be baked whole, with an inner stuffing of raisins, cinnamon and sugar. They go soft and delicious and then served with cream and, optionally, your favorite sweet liquor. Get them lined up on a tray ready to go.
Get the recipe – Wood Fired Cinnamon Apples
Toasting marshmallows on a fire is a classic outdoor dessert. This adaption has you toast them all together in a skillet so that you don’t have to get inside the scorching oven. It still has a fun aspect because everyone digs in to the pan with crackers and fruit once it’s all gooey inside.
Get the recipe – Oohey Gooey S’mores
French Toast With Blueberries
This can be an after dinner sweet treat or made the next morning for breakfast in the residual heat from the night before. Use a skillet or rimmed baking sheet to cook all the pieces at once. Serve with yogurt and berries or butter and maple syrup!
Get the recipe – Stone Baked Blueberry French Toast
Cooking bananas on the embers of a campfire or barbecue is what I’ve done since I was a kid for a super simple and delicious dessert. You can do the same in a pizza oven. Just add directly in their skins, or wrap in foil if adding chocolate chips, then leave unattended for 25 minutes until dark brown. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.
Get the recipe – Chocolate Baked Bananas
Strawberry And Rhubarb Cobbler
Using a cast iron skillet is a great way to cook in the pizza oven as you’ve probably noticed in a few of these recipes. This time filled with fruit and topped with a cobbler topping for a classic dessert. You can do different variations of fruit or pie toppings in your pizza oven.
Get the recipe – Strawberry And Rhubarb Cobbler
Apple and Cranberry Crisp/Crumble
A dessert known as a crisp or crumble is fruit baked with a sugary, crunchy topping. Using your cast iron skillet to make a crisp/crumble in your wood fired oven couldn’t be easier. Add your favorite fruit, add your toppings and bake until crunchy. Serve the dessert in the cast iron skillet right on the table.
Get the recipe – Apple And Cranberry Crumble
Dessert Pizza with Mascarpone and Fruit
This is a refined dessert pizza with marscarpone and fruit, and is an impressive way to finish your pizza party. You can use regular left over dough, and add pretty much any fruit you have on hand. Add some sugar to sweeten it all up and it is a sure winner.
Get the recipe – Dessert Pizza with Mascarpone and Fruit
These are heavenly when eaten warm and fresh. Sprinkle the dough with cinnamon and sugar, roll up, cut into chunks and then bake. You can even fill the rolls with other fillings to mix it up – jam, fruits, syrups – anything sweet really.
Get the recipe – Wood Fired Cinnamon and Raisin Rolls
An American favorite that is popular worldwide. Pies are great for an after dinner treat because they can be prepared ahead of time, ready to be baked in the residual heat of the oven. This pie has cinnamon, nutmeg and apples but the fruit inside can be swapped for other berries or what ever fruit is available.
Get the recipe – Wood Fired Apple Pie
It’s a shame to waste that heat of the pizza oven after you spent all that time firing it and preheating. Prepare something while you wait, and throw it in after you’ve finished your pizzas. You must try a Nutella pizza first if you’ve never tried one, as the combination of fresh dough and melting hazelnut is absolutely divine. It’s also a handy way to use up all your dough!
For other ways to use up dough, check my article on baking bread – 15 breads to cook in a pizza oven.