Cherry-Chocolate Chip Dessert Calzone
The sweetest calzone recipe of all!
This calzone recipe reminded me of chocolate covered cherries. Yum!
Research has found that cherries date back Roman times, probably even earlier. Europeans and Asians alikewere smitten with itsluxuriant ruby color and itsvivid, flavorful taste.
It was not until the mid-1600s that cherries made their debut via boat. Settlers transported the fruit andcommenced to include it in their diets. The French colonialsare accredited with carrying the precious cherry pits across the pond toMichigan and the surrounding Great Lakes area,and then planting them.
The 1800s observed the launch of the firstsignificant cherry production in America. A Presbyterian missionary by the name of Peter Doughertywho lived in the northern part of Michigan,decided to plant the first cherry trees for large scale production during the 1800s. To his astonishment, the fruitthrived in the region due to Michigan’s cherry-friendlyclimate.
In the Northwest, like-minded entrepreneurs followed Mr. Dougherty’s lead. It was not long before more and more people began to cash-inon providing cherries for the masses.Currently, almost 650 million pounds of cherries are produced each yearin the United States. Although there is well over there are 1,000 cherry varieties, only 10 are commonlyproducedfor the general public.
Whether they aredipped in chocolate or picked and eaten from the tree, cherries have copious health benefits. Cherries contain anti-inflammatoryabilities, meaningthat they may be functional incircumventingthe effects of free radicals in the human body.
Due to their high level of antioxidants, cherries are also able to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, reduce the risk of heart disease and help to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol.
I lb. Pizza dough
1 TBSP sugar
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 TBSPs dried cherries
1 TBSPwhole milk
Non-stick cooking spray
1. Preheat oven to 450°
2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and spray well withnon-stick cooking spray.
3. Spray an extrasheet of parchment paper with cooking spray.
4. Separate the dough into 4 balls but do not over-knead. Set aside.
5. In a small bowl combine the ricotta cheese, sugar, egg, sugar,dried cherries, chocolate chips and cinnamon.
6. Place the pizza dough on the extra sheet of parchment paper.Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a ¼” circle.Next, using a spatula divide the filling mixture equally in fourth’s. Place the dough round slightly asymmetrical and brush the edges with egg wash.Stretch the dough over the filling and gently press out air pockets. Crimp he edges of the dough and seal well. Transfer to parchment-lined cookie sheet.
7. Brush the top of the calzone with the milk, and dust with sugar if you would like.
8. Bake for 25 minutes until nicely golden. Allow to cool for five minutes. And serve.