2017 update: I created this recipe back in 2012 and it still one of my favorite recipes I make for Valentine’s Day. Sadly, Teresa’s has taken it off their menu but at least I can make it at home now and so can you!
For many years, my favorite Italian BYO was Teresa’s Cafe – walking distance from my home back in the day.
Always, without fail, I”d 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. I opted to make a homemade chocolate pudding with raspberries for the filling (as the dietitian in me.)
Don’t be intimidated by the sound of this – store bought pizza dough makes it a snap to make.Treat for your Valentine: Homemade Chocolate Pudding Raspberry Calzones via @tspbasil Click To Tweet
For my version, I made 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 milk & fresh fruit.)
I serve it 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. And bonus, you can use frozen raspberries if you prefer!
What is your favorite chocolate dessert -either at a restaurant or that you make at home?