Faced with a choice between cheesecake and fruit salad, most of us will ignore our guilt and go with the pleasure.
So we decided to create a dessert that would let you have your pleasure without the guilt. The beauty of our strawberry-kiwi dessert pizza is that it looks like it should be a diet buster, but it really isn't.
>Strawberry-Kiwi Dessert Pizza
For the crust:
3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons milk
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
For the toppings:
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
2 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes, divided
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and thinly sliced
3 large strawberries, thinly sliced
To prepare the crust, in small bowl whisk together the whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a food processor, puree the cottage cheese. Add the sugar, oil, milk and almond extract, then process until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and pulse 5 to 6 times, just until the dough clumps together (it will be sticky). Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and using floured hands press the dough into a ball. Knead 2 or 3 times, but do not overwork. Dust the dough with flour, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the topping. In a small bowl, whisk together the raspberry jam and orange juice. Set aside.
To bake and assemble the pizza, position a rack in the middle of the oven. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 12-inch pizza pan or large baking sheet with cooking spray.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle about 1/4 -inch thick (be sure to sprinkle flour on the rolling pin or the dough will stick). Roll the dough back over the rolling pin and transfer to prepared pan or baking sheet.
Spread the raspberry jam mixture over the dough, leaving a 3/4 -inch border around the edge. Bake until the crust is golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes.
Place cooled crust on a clean pizza pan or large serving plate and sprinkle evenly with 1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut. Arrange the strawberry and kiwi slices on top to look like pizza toppings. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining coconut. Cut into 8 wedges and serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap, tented with toothpicks stuck into the pizza, and refrigerate for up to 3 hours before serving. Serves 8.
Note: Other great fruit pizza-topping combos include raspberries and sliced peaches, sliced plums and pitted sliced cherries, and nectarine slices mixed with fresh blueberries.Per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 208 calories; 56 calories from fat (27 percent of total calories); 6 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 1 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrate; 4 g protein; 3 g fiber; 258 mg sodium.