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January 19, 2012

How to Make Kiwi Magazine’s Dessert Pizza

KIWI magazine's January 2012 issue

KIWI magazine's January 2012 issue

Get your kids in the kitchen to create this simply sweet recipe from Kiwi magazine’s Next Great Young Chef contest.

We love pizza at our house. And we love dessert. So dessert pizza? The perfect combination. When I saw a simple recipe for the yummy dish in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Kiwi magazine, I knew my kids would love it. What’s even better–the dessert was a winner in the magazine’s annual Next Great Young Chef contest, which meant my preschoolers could easily help create it in our kitchen.

I love cooking with my kids because it’s a great way to include them in something I have to do (like make dinner). Plus you can teach a lot about numbers and counting and measuring if you follow a recipe. The dessert pizza was definitely one of the more simple recipes featured, and since it was from Kiwi magazine, I knew it was going to be healthy–well, as healthy as a sugary dessert can be.

We topped our pizza with strawberries like the magazine suggested. But we talked about how any fruit would work. Check out the full recipe below.

Liam’s Dessert Pizza
Ten-year-old Liam created this recipe after a dessert pizza he ordered at a restaurant didn’t impress him. “It was overly sweet, processed and salty,” says the Browntown, Wis., aspiring chef. “I liked the idea of a dessert pizza, but I knew it could taste better.”

Our family agrees! When we made the pizza, we planned on taking half of it to our neighbors. But 24 hours later, we’d eaten the entire thing! So good!

Kiwi magazine dessert pizza step 1

Assemble ingredients. I liked this recipe because most of the things are staples you probably already have. Kiwi's version called for all specific organic brands.

Ingredients

For the cookie crust:
3/4 cup salted butter, cut into small cubes, plus more for greasing the pan
1 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Certified Organic Powered Sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract

For the topping:
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Certified Organic Powered Sugar
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease pizza pan or baking sheet with butter.

Step 2: Make pizza crust. In a large bowl or stand mixer, add the powdered sugar, cocoa, flour and salt. Whisk to combine.

Add cubed butter to the dry ingredients and use a pastry cutter, fork or your fingers to mix until the mixture forms lumps about the size of peas. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for about 1 minute, until a stiff dough forms. You may need to knead the dough lightly with your hands after using the beater to bring it together.

Kiwi magazine dessert pizza step 2

Combine dry ingredients with butter to make the crust.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into a 14-inch circle, about 1/4-inch thick. Place on the pizza pan or baking sheet, and use your fingers to curl the edges in slightly. Bake for 15 minutes or until the surface is firm to the touch and the edges are crisp. Allow to cool completely.

Kiwi magazine dessert pizza step 3

Bake for 15 minutes or until firm.

Step 3: Make the pizza topping. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until fluffy, about two to three minutes.

Kiwi magazine dessert pizza step 4

Use a stand or hand mixer to make the simple cream cheese topping.

Step 4: Spread the cream cheese pizza topping on the cooled cookie crust with a spatula. Arrange the sliced strawberries on top. Cut into 12 wedges and serve.

Kiwi magazine dessert pizza step 5

Spread on the pizza and top with any fruit.

Kiwi magazine dessert pizza step 6



About the Author

Shannon McRae
Shannon McRae
Shannon McRae is a work-at-home mom of three young children whose days are spent wiping mouths, playing Candyland, planning dinners and stealing time in between at the computer for her freelance writing. She's a stickler for healthy eating, with a slight exception for Oreos. She lives in Alabama with her precious children, loving husband and 13-year-old Australian Shepherd named Ricky Martin.