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Cherry Cheese Pizza

 Cherry Cheese Pizza
This dessert pizza is a great way to use cherries, my family likes it better than cherry pie. Each bite just melts in your mouth. People who sample it rave about this "sweet" pizza. When my neighbor tried a piece, she couldn't stop saying "Mmm..." the entire time she was eating.
10 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • TOPPING:
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen pitted tart cherries or 1 can (15 ounces) tart cherries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon red food coloring
  • Whipped cream and fresh mint, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder; cut in butter and
  • shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add
  • water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  • Roll out into a 14-in. circle. Place on an ungreased 12-in. pizza

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Cherry Cheese Pizza (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • pan. Flute edges to form a rim; prick bottom of crust. Bake at
  • 350° for 15 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in
  • eggs and vanilla. Stir in nuts. Spread over crust. Bake 10 minutes
  • longer. Cool. Drain cherries, reserving 1/3 cup juice. Set cherries
  • and juice aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in reserved
  • juice until smooth. Add cherries. Cook and stir over medium heat
  • until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer
  • Remove from the heat; stir in butter, extract and food coloring.
  • Cool to room temperature; spread over cream cheese layer. Top with
  • whipped cream and mint if desired. Yield: 10-12 slices.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 329 calories, 20 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 83 mg cholesterol, 144 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.