Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Healthy Dessert Pizza! Yum!

Monday, I gave you a tutorial on "How to make great pizzas on your gas grill". Today, to round out your party, I am giving you a tutorial on Sweet pizza! Kids will love this as well as adults! 

This dessert pizza is going to have your family and friends clapping and cheering for more! It resembles a pizza in so much as it's round, has some type of crust and is finished with toppings, other than that, it's a dessert for sure. I wouldn't mention it in Italy or try to get a slice of it in New York, but that doesn't mean that it's not absolutely delicious! Give it a try!

Sweet Pizza
adapted from Eva Kenly

Makes one 14" pizza

1 T. yeast
1/4 c. warm water
2 c. flour
1/4 c. cake flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 c. warm milk
1/3 c. sugar
1 T lemon zest
6 T. butter, soft
2 eggs

1 c. currents or golden raisins, soaked in 2 T rum
4 large apples, cored, peeled and sliced thinly
2 T sugar, or to taste
6 T butter, melted
1 c. apricot jam
1/2 c. toasted pine nuts or other nut of your choice

Proof the yeast and a pinch of sugar in 1/4 c. of warm water, about 5 minutes.

Mix the flours with the salt.

Beat milk, sugar, and lemon zest with 1 cup of flour. Add the yeast mixture and beat again. ( I do this all in the food processor)

Work butter and eggs into the dough and mix well. Add remaining flour, and more if needed. Dough should be smooth, and does not need to be kneaded. place dough in a buttered bowl, turn it over, so top has butter on it, and cover bowl with a towel. Let the dough rise till double in bulk.

Punch the dough down and let it rest, covered with a towel, for 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Butter or spray a pizza pan or cookie sheet lightly, Roll dough out to fit.

 Place the apples on top of the dough, sprinkle with sugar and drizzle with butter. Bake for 20 minutes, then add currents, and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Remove to a cooling rack. Distribute nuts over pizza and paint with apricot jam. Serve warm.

Recipe can be cut in half to fit small pizza pan.

There you have it! Add a leafy garden salad, some champagne or  delicious wine from Wine on the Way and you are all set for your Summer Pizza party!  

Have a delicious week! Cheers! JJ

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