I love to bake, and I don't believe that desserts can truly be enjoyed in moderation (seriously, Seasons52, the only good thing about those dessert "shots" is that I feel like I can eat seven of them...NO SELF CONTROL). I mean, can you imagine baking a fresh batch of rich fudgey brownies, only to allow yourself to have 1/8 of one? Where's the fun in that?!
Then I had this idea: what if I made something that satisfied the chocolate craving, but that filled you up on fruit so that you didn't have so much artificial sugar? Okay, so a dessert pizza still isn't exactly healthy, but it's one of the healthier desserts I've made! And this recipe was just rich enough. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Chocolate Dessert Pizza (adapted from Taste of Home)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 cups whipped topping
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
- 1/2 cup diced fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
- 1 large kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
- In a bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars. Beat in the egg, melted chocolate and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Place waxed paper over a 15-in. x 10-in. baking sheet without sides. Shape dough into a flattened rectangle and place on prepared baking sheet. Cover dough with waxed paper; roll dough to within 1/4 in. of edges of baking sheet. Remove top sheet of waxed paper; invert dough onto another greased baking sheet. Remove remaining waxed paper.
- Using a 4-1/2-in. diameter plate or bowl and a knife, trace three touching circles along a long side of the dough. Trace two more circles centered below and overlapping upper circles by 1 in. Cut around outer edges of the rings; remove dough around rings and use to make cookies if desired. Bake rings at 350° for 14-16 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
- In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Add whipped topping; mix well. Transfer cooled crust to a serving platter. Spread with frosting. Top with fruit and enjoy!