Monday, June 2, 2014

Raspberry Brie Dessert Pizza with Rosemary and Candied Pecans

This Raspberry Brie Dessert Pizza with Rosemary and Candied Pecans knocks it out the park. Hard. As in the other team just threw down all their gear and is running over to join your team. It's that serious. I'm going  to let the pictures do most of the talking for this post, however there are some elements that I feel compelled to highlight. 

The home-made crust is extremely easy to make and takes only an hour to rise. For a yeast based bread, that's really good time! You can use that hour to prep everything else. Honey is used to as a natural sweetener which is great way to reduce the amount of processed sugar. There's a splash of olive oil to help balance the flavor. I'm sure there's a way to sneak in some whole wheat flour to the mix to get a honey-wheat profile. This bread is simple, quick, light, and delicious. Very impressed! 

If you don't have time to make the crust, no worries. You could easily substitute with store-bought flat bread or even a French baguette! Do what works for you, just make sure you adjust your toasting time.

Surprisingly, the raspberry jam really stood out in this recipe. All the components are important but something about that warm, gooey, berry mess tied everything together. I really enjoy the flavor and texture of Santa Cruz Seedless Raspberry jam. I'll even sneak a tiny spoonful as a mini-dessert after work. For those that don't care for raspberries, I think any other berry combination will do just as well. We used to eat brie with apples and pears straight up on college picnics so get creative.

It's smooth sailing from that point on. Chop up some brie, nestle it on the dough with globs of raspberry jam. The candied pecans are a nice touch but I saved some on the side that weren't candied; I enjoy the natural, earthy tone of pecans too much. The sprinkle the rosemary helps to give it that fresh feeling. A drizzle of honey is optional. 

Suffice to say, this pizza did not make it past the afternoon. Woops!

This Raspberry Brie Dessert Pizza would be a lovely addition to fancy-up a brunch or as a posh snack. Check out the recipe over at Completely Delicious