ChocolateLove: Chocolate Raspberry Calzones

Chocolate Raspberry Calzones | Teaspoonofspice.com

It’s no surprise that February’s #love bloghop theme is…#chocolatelove! Compared to most themed posts where I can ponder for days/weeks, this month I quickly honed in on what I wanted to make. For many years, I frequented a local Italian BYO called Teresa’s Cafe and always, without fail, would 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 and this month’s #chocolatelove bloghop was the push I needed. I opted to make a homemade chocolate pudding with raspberries for the filling (as the dietitian in me usually always strives to add in a few more nutrients – here via low fat milk & fresh fruit.) Serve 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. I know, I know – raspberries are not in season right now but special winter occasions like Valentine’s Day (and #chocolatelove month for that matter) can be the exception. You could probably try frozen raspberries instead – which I literally just thought of now. Ah, cooking & blogging – a continual learning process.

Chocolate Raspberry Calzones

Makes 8 calzones

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds refrigerated or frozen pizza dough
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 1 cup low fat chocolate milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Fresh raspberries

Directions

  1. Sit thawed pizza dough at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Divide raspberries into four ramekins. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, whisk together cornstarch, sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk in milk and chocolate milk and turn on stove to medium heat.
  4. Whisk constantly until mixture starts to boil and thickens. Whisk constantly for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from stove and whisk in almond extract. Pour into ramekins and cool slightly in refrigerator for 1/2 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  6. Divide dough into eight pieces. Roll each into a 6-inch circle.
  7. Spoon half of pudding from ramekin onto half of the dough circle. Fold over and seal dough with fork. Repeat with remaining dough circles.
  8. Place calzones onto two baking sheets coating with cooking spray. Bake for 10 -12 minutes, until just golden brown. Cool on rack for 15 minutes.
  9. Before serving, dust with powdered sugar. Garnish with drizzle of chocolate syrup and more raspberries if desired.
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This month’s #ChocolateLove hosts:

A little bit of everything | Roxana GreenGirl | @roxanagreengirl
Astig Vegan | Richgail | @AstigVegan
Badger Girl Learns to Cook | Kimberly | @BdgerGrl
Baker Street | Anuradha | @bakerstreet29
Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves | Becky
Baking Extravaganza |  Samantha | @Sam_Antunez
BigFatBaker | Erin | @bigfatbaker
Bon a croquer | Valerie | @valouth
CafeTerraBlog | Terra | @CafeTerraBlog
Cake Duchess | Lora | @cakeduchess
Cakeballs, cookies and more | Sue
Cooking with Books |Marnely | @nella22
Creative Cooking Corner | Karriann | @KarriannGraf
Easily Good Eats | Three Cookies
Elephant Eats  | Amy
Georgiecakes | Georgie | @GeorgieCakes
Hobby And More | Richa | @betit19
Java Cupcake | Betsy | @JavaCupcake
Kitchen Belleicious | Jessica | @kbelleicious
Mike’s Baking | Mike | @mikesbaking
Mis Pensamientos | Junia | @juniakk
No One Likes Crumbley Cookies | TR | @TRCrumbley
Oh Cake | Jessica | @jesshose
Rico sin Azucar | Helena | @ricosinazucar
Savoring Every Bite  | Linda | @Spicegirlfla
Simply Reem | Reem | @simplyreem
Smart Food and Fit | Lisa | @lisanutrition
Soni’s Food for Thought | Soni | @sonisfood
Sprint 2 the Table  | Laura | @sprint2thetable
That Skinny Chick Can Bake | Liz | @thatskinnychick
The Dusty Baker | Jacqueline | @dustybakergal
The More Than Occasional Baker | Ros | @bakingaddict
The Spicy RD | EA | @TheSpicyRD
The Wimpy Vegetarian | Susan | @wimpyvegetarian
Vegan Yack Attack | Jackie | @veganyackattack
Vegetarian Mamma | Cindy |@Vegetarianmamma
You Made That? | Suzanne | @YouMadeThatblog

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What is your favorite chocolate dessert -either at a restaurant or that you make at home?

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Comments

  1. Soooo delicious! raspberries combine perfectly with chocolate, don’t they? ;-)

  2. this beats a meaty calzone anyday! Seriously, amazing! I can just taste that ooey yummy delicious goodness of a filling!

  3. Lovely Calzone recipe and pics!Absolutely Mouthwatering :)

  4. looks yummy! and thanks for the dietery eye :)

  5. These look so delish! sending out some #chocolatelove to you!

  6. oh my word! That sounds heavenly.

  7. I love the easy frozen pizza crust idea! Have you tried this with a half whole wheat version?

  8. What an incredible combination- I’m enjoying it in my mind right now :-). I can completely understand why you would want to recreate this! Happy #chocolatelove xoxo

    • Clearly we both share a love for chocolate w. raspberries – swooning over your lava cake. Have you found a good gluten-free pizza dough (product or recipe?)

  9. Oh my gosh!! YUM!

    These remind me of Whiffie Pies – a food truck in Portland!!! nom nom nom

    Now I can make them at home!

    Awesome recipe!!!

    Happy BlogHop!

  10. Will make these with puff! :)

  11. I love these chocolate calzones. (I never heard of whiffie pies that Betsy mentioned). I can’t wait to make these for the kids. delicious for #chocolatelove :)

  12. omg, this looks amazing! I’ve never heard of something like this. Yum!

  13. Wow…I’m so making these! My daughter will flip! Chocolate and raspberries are just a perfecto combo!

  14. what an interesting twist on the savory calzone. I would rather have a chocolate raspberry calzone any day. Great for #chocolate love.

  15. What an interesting twist on the savory calzone. I would rather have a chocolate raspberry calzone any day.

    Sending #chocolatelove to you!

  16. This looks amazing!! My favourite chocolate dessert would have to be chocolate fondant with the gooey centres! Fab co-hosting #chocolatelove with you :)

  17. Chocolate and raspberries are an amazing combination!

    Last night I made one of my favorite chocolate desserts. It’s Ina Garten’s chocolate and orange bundt cake. That is one excellent dessert!

  18. This recipes reminds me of my grandmother. Not that she makes it, but it’s a beautiful Mediterranean dessert. It’s absolutly scrumptious & I agree hazelnut + pizza = heavenly dessert.

  19. Holy yum! These sound divine! Berries and chocolate are always a winner combination.

  20. i love making pastries! the chocolate and raspberry is a perfect combo deanna! sending some #chocolatelove to you!

  21. I love calzones and I love dessert… this recipe is the best idea I’ve ever heard and also the most dangerous! #ChocolateLove win. :)

  22. Looks pretty & tasty! Great combo of ingredients as well! Well done! :)

  23. What a delicious calzone! And so beautiful, too!!!! Great idea for #chocolatelove…fun to bake along with you this month~

  24. These look fabulous! I love calzones, but NEVER thought about doing something wonderful like this. Great, great idea! Sending you lots of #chocolatelove this month!!

  25. These are seriously genius. You know I love the chocolate-raspberry combo too, but make it a calzone? That’s portable chocolate heaven is what that is!

  26. Love the combination of savory and sweet chocolate!

  27. How fun this recipe is, I would love to eat one of these. Nice presentation and photos too.

  28. What a fantastic recipe! It’s just about perfect! I think I’m going to make these for Valentine’s day…

  29. wow! a delicious dessert indeed!

    lovely photos too!

  30. Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! says:

    A dessert calzone?! I love it! It reminds me a little bit of the Hostess Hand Pies, but yours look infinitely better. Great job on the #chocolatelove post! :)

  31. What a delicious Dessert….
    Calzones are my favorite and filled with such goodness make them even more delicious…
    Yummm.

  32. I love this recipe…simple and sinful..I could make this vegan in a snap…bookmarked!

    #chocolatelove

    Jen

  33. YUM, this looks awesome! Sending you some co-host chocolate love! Happy valentines day!
    Cindy

  34. that’s one perfect, creamy and tastylicious delicious dessert for anytime of day or hour..yummmy :D
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