Thursday, June 21, 2012

Chocolate Tunnel of Love

Yes! I did let my husband name this recipe. Of course for the most part it was his idea. After I made these Banana Chimis, John suggested I make a Chocolate Tunnel of Love for the next Improv Challenge. Well I decided to run with that idea and it is finally time for this month's Improv Challenge hosted by Kristen at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. This month's challenge was to make a new-to-your-blog recipe using cherries and almonds.  I changed the "tunnel" from a tortilla to pizza dough since it would be easier to fill and bake. It turned out super yummy - and super rich, a little goes a long way. With John's help this is what I came up with:

dough for one pizza crust
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1 cup nutella
10 oz jar maraschino cherries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tsp cornstarch
slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Divide pizza dough into 4 portions. Place 1/4 cup nutella down center of each portion. 
Press closed and brush with melted butter. Bake for  minutes, turn over, continue baking for an additional 5-6 minutes or till browned. 
Meanwhile, drain cherries, reserving juice. In sauce pan combine cherries, sugar and vanilla. Heat over medium heat until sugar is liquified. Mix cornstarch with 1/2 cup of the reserved juice from cherries. Slowly add to cherry-sugar mix. Continue stirring till mixture is thick and bubbly. Pour cherry sauce over chocolate pastries. 
Sprinkle with almond slivers. Serve and enjoy!


  1. the name of this yummy treat! What a delicious and inventive dessert...yum!

  2. Sweet! Nutella & dough = winning! Sounds tasty!

  3. Nutella filling with a cherry sauce sounds fantabulous. What a fun treat! The name totally fits.

  4. Oh what a fun dessert! Love the thought of cherries and nutella together! : )

  5. Yum! Your dessert looks fantastic! What a great idea for the Improv Challenge!

  6. How could you not love something called Chocolate Tunnel of Love? Thanks for Sharing!! Please come check me out! #32

  7. Oh my goodness! I love the idea of chocolate and cherries together. Yum!

  8. Anything chocolate has to be good, I just found a gluten free pizza dough I can purchase I may just have to try this.

  9. Chocolate and to be good.

  10. What a great recipe. Chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven. These are going on my "must make" list!


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