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Cakespy: Pizza Pie Dessert

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Dessert pizza is a sector of confectionery that is hard to take seriously. Just consider the campy Domino's Oreo Dessert Pizza campaign, the candy-coated versions relegated to "kid-friendly" sections of cookbooks, and the chocolate-chip cookie pizzas that are most readily available at mall food courts. It's cheesy all right, but not in a good way.

But finally, there is a solution to propel the sweet slice into respectable dessert territory: the Pizza Pie. This confection may look like a pizza but has the soul (and ingredients) of a delicious dessert, comprised of pie crust heaped with sweet preserves, rounds of cheesecake filling and little marzipan "leaves" to mimic the look of a Neapolitan pie. The final result is pleasingly substantial, with a nice mix of textures and sweet and tart flavors--not to mention extremely fun to serve to unsuspecting guests.


Pizza Pie

- makes 1 medium (10-inch) pizza -

About the author: Cakespy is the alter ego of Jessie Oleson, a Seattle-based writer, illustrator, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website.

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