Okay, So the other day I decided to finally try out an idea that had been churning around in my mind for quite awhile now. A twist on a classic. A fruit pizza, with a chocolate "sauce", instead of the normal white cream cheese stuff. I also wanted a crust that wasn't super sweet and all sugary.
You know, next time, I'm actually going to have lots of awesome fruit on hand when I decide to make a fruit pizza. Instead of just strawberries and kiwis. Even though I absolutely love both of those. But I guess one of the main things about this blog is that I promote using ingredients you have on hand. Since I just so happened to have a pile of strawberries and kiwis about to go bad on me, I suppose I did live up to my motto.
But really, I do wish I would've had more, awesome fruit.
But anyway! Here is what I came up with.
My Marlin loves coconut. So for the crust I used 4 cups of unsweetened coconut, 2 cups of almond flour, a cup of butter, and about a half a cup of honey. I really just added the honey until it had the sweetness I wanted. And did you hear that? It's gluten free! Yeah. I felt proud of myself. It wasn't even intentional.So yeah. You mix all of that up and spread it evenly onto your pan and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.
While that is baking slice up your fruit. I really don't have any idea how much I used. Between me eating it, and slicing more up, and Marlin coming in and randomly snitching a pile...wow. Yeah. No idea. So really, just feel it. It's not that difficult.
When the crust comes out. You want to make sure that it's pretty much completely cooled before you put your cream cheese mixture on it...otherwise it will make the whole thing all runny and....ewww. Honestly, I feel your pain. You have no idea how much I sincerely desired to just put the sauce on when it was still lukewarm. I mean, I was really excited about this idea...and I'm not a patient person to begin with. Just, chill. Take some deep breaths...and check the temperature outside or something. Or facebook, or pinterest....or eat some more of your carefully sliced fruit. Because trust me, simply mixing up the cream cheese, coconut milk, honey, and cocoa powder will not take long enough to make this crust cool.
You could also try holding the pan up in the air and swooshing it around like an airplane in an effort to cool it faster. But then you risk losing the pan. Plus, pans can retain an amazing amount of heat. And you could get burnt. Not like I'd know or anything. Ahem. Cough.
So yeah. Once the crust is finished cooling you want to spread the cream cheese on evenly, and top with your fruit. Make it look cool. Or not. :)
Question: Do you have any cute Ideas to make garnishes out of fruit? I really wanted to do something with the kiwis but couldn't figure out how to turn one into a flower or something. ;) I tried to do one like this kiwi flower but I'm afraid I totally failed...either that or it's going to take a little more practice. So I just went back to my strawberry flower. :)