South Beach Diet - Any ideas for making this dessert SBD-friendly?

05-24-2009, 05:01 PM
Any ideas on making this SBD-friendly yet still somehow have the crust? I think the filling will be easy to alter but the crust is the issue. I am afraid without the crust the dessert will be too watery when left alone. Does that make sense? DH signed us up for a dessert for the family gathering and I'd like to try to remain true to SBD yet still bring something decadent. I am afraid that if we just bring a standard fruit salad that I'll just eat the whole thing...I'd rather bring some that is DESSERT!! :)

TIA...I hope!

Chocolaty Ricotta Pie (from Family Fun)

With a filling of sweetened ricotta cheese, mini chocolate chips, and grated orange zest, this Italian classic is hard to top. When you're ready to serve the pie, be sure to slice it thin, as it's quite rich.

Cream Cheese Pastry
1/4 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened
2 ounces cream cheese, slightly softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/6 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
3/4 cups flour
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons grated orange zest, plus more for garnish (optional)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups sour cream
1/3 cup sugar

Step 1
Cream Cheese Pastry: Using an electric mixer or wooden spoon, cream the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl until soft and well blended. Stir in the salt and confectioners' sugar. Add the flour a third at a time, beating well each time.

Step 2
Gather the dough into a ball and place it on a floured surface. With floured hands, knead the dough 3 or 4 times to smooth it. Place the dough on a large piece of plastic wrap, flatten it into a 3/4-inch-thick disk, wrap it in the plastic, and chill it for at least 2 hours before rolling it out.

Step 3
Filling: Lightly grease a 9 1/2-inch springform pan and set it aside. On a sheet of lightly floured waxed paper, roll the pastry into a 12-inch circle with a floured rolling pin. Invert the pastry over the pan and carefully peel off the paper. (If it lands off-center, simply lift it in sections to reposition it.) Lower the pastry into the pan, gently pressing it into the bottom and about 1 1/2 inches up the sides. Place the pan in the freezer while you make the filling.

Step 4
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the ricotta cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with an electric mixer each time. Add the vanilla and almond extracts, orange zest, and cinnamon and mix briefly. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Step 5
Slowly pour the filling into the chilled pie shell, gently swirling through the batter with a spatula to evenly distribute the chocolate chips.

Step 6
Bake the pie on the center oven rack until the top is light golden brown and the filling is set, about 45 minutes. When it's done, the very center may have a slight sheen, but most of the surface will have a nonglossy appearance. Transfer the pie to a wire rack and let it cool completely.

Step 7
To make the topping, combine the sour cream and sugar in a small saucepan. Stir well for 3 to 4 minutes over medium-low heat, until the mixture has the consistency of heavy cream. Then slowly pour the topping over the pie -- it should be fluid enough to spread itself evenly over the surface. Once the pie is completely cooled, cover the pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours. When you're ready to serve it, remove the sides of the pan and slice the pie. For a festive touch, you can garnish the slices with orange zest. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

05-25-2009, 11:54 AM
i think you could use a butter sub, sugar sub, lf cream cheese and ww pasty flour

05-25-2009, 01:16 PM
just another thought. just cause you bring it doesn't mean you have to eat it. lol, i can always taste the sugar substitutes and i'm guessing so can others that may be eating it, especially with so much sugar in it.

btw...there are lots of good dessert recipes on here maybe you could try something already converted to sb

05-27-2009, 12:20 PM
262, I doubt it'd be too watery without the crust. If it were me, I'd just use a frozen WW pie crust (I have to hunt for these, but our grocery store sometimes has them and I am able to get them at the local Co-Op, too).

If you wanted to make your own crust, I'd do a search for WW crusts and just make that, then proceed with the recipe. The tough thing here is that the basis is unhealthy fats and you also have to contend with the powdered sugar. It'd be easier to just use a more friendly recipe.

Here are some recipes to try. (Personally, I'd use Smart Balance's 50/50 butter blend (in sticks) to make anything that calls for butter, just to cut down on the unhealthy fats.)

Giddy Gabby's Whole Wheat Pastry Shell (
How to make a Whole Wheat Pie Crust ( (you may want to sub some WW Pastry flour to make this less dense...)
Interesting discussion on how to make flakier WW pie crusts (

One thing I've done with fruit salad is make a fancy dip to go with it...I made one once that used light sour cream, SF raspberry preserves, and ginger. It was delish!

You might want to try making this cake ( future's beyond yummy and when I've served it, no one has ever guessed that it's SF and WW! ;)