For many years, I frequented a local Italian BYO called Teresa’s Cafe and always, without fail, would order their unique and delectable dessert called focciocalto. Basically, it’s a pizza, spread with nutella & raspberry jam, folded over calzone style, baked in a wood burning oven and topped with powdered sugar, raspberry sauce, chocolate syrup and whipped cream before arriving table side. Chocolate + Hazelnut + Pizza = Dessert Heaven.
Alas, now I live a few towns over, just far enough away to not be dining at Teresa’s regularly vs. perhaps the once a year visit. I’ve always wanted to reinvent their dessert and this month’s #chocolatelove bloghop was the push I needed. I opted to make a homemade chocolate pudding with raspberries for the filling (as the dietitian in me
usually always strives to add a few more nutrients – here via low fat milk & fresh fruit.) Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of chocolate syrup and more fresh raspberries, which is still delish but cuts out a lot of the extra calories the original dessert’s toppings bring. I know, I know – raspberries are not in season right now but special winter occasions like Valentine’s Day (and #chocolatelove month for that matter) can be the exception. You could probably try frozen raspberries instead – which I literally just thought of now. Ah, cooking & blogging – a continual learning process.
What is your favorite chocolate dessert -either at a restaurant or that you make at home?