Monday, February 11, 2013

Strawberry-Banana Brownie Pizza

I love holidays. I love doing little things here and there for the kids to make their day extra special. My husband and I don't usually do anything special for Valentine's Day, I don't expect him to go out and spend a ridiculous amount of money on flowers and I don't usually get him anything either. The girls always love when I make all of their food into heart shapes, anything from sandwiches to these cinnamon rolls.

I have a Wilton heart-shaped pan that we received as a wedding gift several years ago. I love to make muffins, cupcakes and even cinnamon rolls in there. I normally make homemade cinnamon rolls but we decided to use the standard Pillsbury rolls for these. We baked them in the heart-shaped pan, iced them and added some cute valentine sprinkles to make them extra festive. It's the little things like that, that make their day and I hope they remember the most.

On to this yummy dessert, we have dinner with my family every Sunday night. I love bringing dessert over to share with everyone. Last night I brought this along for everyone to enjoy. If you're still searching for something easy to make for Valentine's this is definitely your treat. I picked up some really good strawberries at our grocery store over the weekend, they helped make this the perfect fruity chocolate combo! I used a boxed brownie mix as my base but you can certainly substitute your favorite brownie recipe. Either way this is a great, inexpensive way to make Valentine's Day a little more special for your family.

Strawberry-Banana Brownie Pizza

1 boxed brownie mix (large 9x13 size)
1/3 c boiling water
1/4 vegetable or canola oil
1 egg
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 bananas,sliced
8-10 strawberries, sliced
Melted chocolate chips for drizzling

In a medium bowl combine brownie mix, boiling water, oil and egg. Mix well and pour into a well greased 12-inch pizza pan. Batter will be thick. Bake at 325 for 20 mins.

While that's baking, combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg. Pour over brownie and bake for 10-12 mins longer or until filling is set. *Be careful not to over bake brownie! Remove brownie from oven and let cool.

Once brownie has cooled, add sliced strawberries and bananas on top. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and drizzle over fruit. Serve right away.

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