We offer so many mouthwatering buttery, sugary, fruity, chocolatey sweet breakfast treats in the morning that it can be almost impossible to choose just one. (“I’ll have one of each” is a common humorous request from new customers.) That is, unless you’re one of those people who need to start off the day with eggs or bacon or anything not sweet. For those customers, we’ve created the ultimate quick grab-’n’-go breakfast using items we already have in-house: brioche dough, cheese, breakfast meats, and eggs. The dough, after an overnight rest in the refrigerator during which it develops flavor, is stretched and pulled like you would a pizza dough to make a flat round.
I’ve suggested a few of our best topping combinations here (see the Variations following the recipe), but feel free to use whatever mixture of meats, cheeses, and vegetables you prefer. The egg on top is what makes the pizza shine. After creating a border of meats and vegetables around the edge of each brioche circle, you bake the pizzas about halfway through. Then you crack a whole egg in the middle of each one, blanket them with cheese, and bake until the eggs are just barely set. It’s a bit of a messy breakfast, but you won’t care once you taste how good it is.–Joanne Chang
LC One Slight Tweak Note
Call us crazy, but we’re thinking many of you probably don’t have brioche dough at the ready. Even if you do, you may not be quite ready for the combo of sweet dough with such savory toppings. So with all due respect to bakery mastermind Joanne Chang, we swapped out her rich, buttery brioche for our most-trusted pizza dough, and we’ve had no complaints. Not a one.
Breakfast Pizza Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 45 M
- 1 H, 20 M
- Makes 8 pizzas
- 1. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C) and place 1 rack in the center of the oven and another in the top third of the oven. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 2. Arrange the bacon slices in a single layer on the prepared sheet and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the slices are about half barely crisp and half a little bendy. Remove the bacon from the oven and let cool.
- 3. Increase the oven temperature to 350°F (180°C). Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- 4. Shape the pizza dough into a rectangle about 8 inches long and 4 inches wide and 1 inch thick. Using a ruler and a knife, divide the pizza dough in half horizontally and then divide it vertically into strips 2 inches wide. You will have eight 2-inch squares, each about 3 1/2 ounces. Stretch each square of pizza dough into a circle about 5 inches in diameter as if you’re making a small pizza. Stretch the inner part of the circle so that it is quite thin and shape the edge of the circle to create a rim that will contain the runny egg. The center should be almost paper-thin. Place the dough circle on 1 of the prepared baking sheets and repeat with the remaining dough squares, spacing them 2 to 3 inches apart and using both baking sheets.
- 5. Using the back of a spoon, spread 1 tablespoon crème fraîche over the base of each circle of dough, spreading it evenly over the base but leaving the raised rim bare. Cut the bacon slices in half and press 3 half slices bacon up against the rim of each circle of dough to create a reinforcing bacon wall just within the rim. Divide the caramelized onions evenly among the circles of dough, spooning and spreading the onions next to the bacon but leaving the center of the circle bare except for the crème fraîche.
- 6. Bake the pizzas for about 15 minutes, or until the edges of the pizzas start to turn light brown, switching the baking sheets between the racks and rotating them back to front about halfway during baking. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and carefully crack an egg into the center of each pizza. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup mozzarella on top of each pizza, covering both the egg and the exposed rim of dough. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes (again switching the baking sheets between the racks and rotating them back to front about halfway through baking) or until the cheese has melted, the edges of the egg are cooked but the yolk is still wiggly, and the edges of the pizza are golden brown. Remove from the oven. Let the pizzas cool for 8 to 10 minutes to allow the eggs to set up a bit before serving.
- Ham, Ricotta, and Parmesan Breakfast Pizza
- Omit the bacon, onions, and mozzarella. Substitute 4 ounces sliced ham, 1 cup fresh whole-milk ricotta cheese, and 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Using about 1/2 ounce ham per pizza, tear the ham into small pieces and press them against the dough rim to create a ham wall. Spread 2 tablespoons ricotta along the edges of each pizza next to the ham, leaving the center of the circle of dough bare except for the crème fraîche. Bake as directed, substituting 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan in place of the mozzarella sprinkled over the egg on each pizza. Let cool for 8 to 10 minutes before serving.
- Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Pizza
- Omit the bacon, onions, and mozzarella. Substitute 2 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced, and 8 ounces shredded or thinly sliced Cheddar cheese. Using 2 to 3 tomato slices per pizza, tear the slices into pieces and press the pieces against the edge of the dough rim to create a tomato wall, leaving the center of the circle of dough bare except for the crème fraîche. Bake as directed, substituting 1 ounce Cheddar in place of the mozzarella on the egg on each pizza. Let cool for 8 to 10 minutes before serving.
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Feb 05, 2014
I absolutely LOVE this breakfast pizza. I used my favorite dough recipe—the one from Lim Lahey. [Editor's Note: You'll find this recipe when you click on the link in the ingredient list above.] This recipe is simple and PERFECT. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT rush the dough. You could certainly use other meats and cheeses, but if you love bacon and eggs, this needs nothing else. Using the bacon to dam the egg is a great idea and works as planned. Make extras, you'll need them!
Feb 05, 2014
I was excited to try this breakfast pizza recipe. Since it's a mad dash most weekday mornings—cereal is our go-to—we have big weekend breakfasts together that are special. I made the bacon and onion version as well as the tomato and Cheddar version since I had those on hand. The tomato Cheddar version ended up being the best. I have mixed feelings about this dish. I think it's a fun breakfast idea as it plates up nicely and is unique. The only thing I didn't LOVE about this recipe was the brioche dough. I normally love brioche, but I found it to be too rich with the bacon and egg version. It stood up better to the other variation as the sharp Cheddar and tomato held up nicely in contrast to the rich, eggy crust. I think the bacon version might do better as well with a sharper flavor of cheese. All in all, although it's a lot of work, this has the potential to be a great weekend brunch staple, especially for a party or for kids.
Feb 05, 2014
For this breakfast pizza recipe I made the crème fraîche, bacon, caramelized onion, egg, and mozzarella version using brioche dough. I would suggest that instead of cutting the dough into 8 squares, it might be easier to weigh the dough and then divide it into 8 pieces of equal weight. I tried to cook the egg so that the yolk was still runny, but didn't manage to do so. The additional 8 to 10 minutes baking was inadequate to cook the egg, though by then the brioche crust was a bit overdone. Therefore, I would suggest giving the crust less than 15 minutes initial baking time and adding the egg sooner, and then continuing to cook until the egg white has set. However, I really enjoyed these pizzas. I thought my brioche dough added a nice sweetness, and I would definitely make them again.
Feb 05, 2014
This is time-intensive recipe if using brioche dough, but with some planning, this can make a really nice weekend breakfast or brunch when you're likely to be moving at a more leisurely pace. I made the brioche dough the day before. The dough looked like slightly wet bread dough. As I continued to mix, it became tackier and shinier. Although it may look like it's too wet and won't come together, I was able to pull it all out in one piece and transfer the dough to a bowl. (I had taken the tips from other brioche recipes I had and resisted adding more flour. I had read that the high butter content is what makes it appear wet.) When I took out the dough the next morning, the recipe didn't indicate that it needed to come to room temperature before using--though other doughs that I proof in the fridge usually do. I was a little torn on what to do because it had taken so much time but decided to proceed as directed. I made half the pizzas using the carmelized onions and bacon and the other half with ham, ricotta, and Parm. The onions were done overnight via the slow cooker, so that saved lots of hands-on time. It was kind of tricky making the bacon and ham fort to keep the cracked egg in, so I had a little egg spill over. (Make sure the bacon slices overlap, and try to press the slices into the dough for more support. ) We definitely liked the bacon and carmelized onion pizzas better--the ham, ricotta, and Parm could have used some herbs. My husband and I found the pizza dough to be too dense and crumbly. I'm wondering if it would have helped if the dough was allowed to come to room temperature and rise a little before handling it? I didn't get a chance to retry but will do it and report back... I like the idea of the brioche dough better than a standard pizza dough, but given the work required, I might opt for pizza dough next time.
Feb 05, 2014
These brioche pizzas were the perfect Sunday night dinner indulgence. We worked together as a family to make them, which added to the feeling of satisfaction when we sat down to a different and delicious dinner. The brioche dough was buttery and rich, encasing a beautifully cooked egg and crisped bacon. We liked the combo of egg, bacon, and crème fraîche. We used mozzarella on some and sharp white Cheddar on others. We greatly preferred the cheddar – the mozzarella was too mild. We'll definitely be making these again. The pizzas are not a simple endeavor, though if you're used to making your own pizza crust, they aren’t much more work, just more time-consuming. The pizzas are definitely not a quick weekend breakfast or weeknight dinner. They're more of a weekend project, but one worth doing. I used the link in the recipe above to the Sarabeth Bakery brioche. That recipe called for 8 egg yolks, which I conveniently had in the freezer, leftover from angel food cake. There are steps that are easy to do ahead, and I would recommend working ahead as much as possible. Be sure to make the sides of the brioche crusts tall, but not overly thick. Some of ours were too thick and bready, but they also weren’t tall enough to contain all the egg. The whole family helped keep up with the dirty dishes, which made a big difference. It took an extra 10 minutes in the oven to set the egg whites fully. I will certainly be making the brioche again, both for more breakfast pizzas and just to have as brioche (and maybe some brioche cinnamon rolls).
Breakfast Pizza Recipe © 2013 Joanne Chang. Photo © 2013 Michael Harlan Turkell. All rights reserved.