Creamy Tropical Dessert (lighter recipe)

Creamy Tropical Dessert (<I>lighter recipe</I>)

Enjoy these chilled creamy fruit squares without worrying about your waistline! Removing fat--but not flavor--is easily accomplished with reduced-fat cream cheese and frozen whipped topping.

Prep Time

15

Minutes

Total Time

9:00

Hrs:Mins

Makes

15

servings

Almond Pastry
1 1/2
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1
cup margarine, softened
1/2
cup powdered sugar
1/2
cup almonds, finely chopped
Filling
1
package (8 oz) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
2/3
cup granulated sugar
2
teaspoons vanilla
1
can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained, 1 cup juice reserved
3
cups frozen (thawed) reduced-fat whipped topping
2
cups miniature marshmallows
1
tablespoon cornstarch
1
cup kiwifruit slices or strawberries, quartered
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. In large bowl, beat flour, margarine and powdered sugar with electric mixer on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed about 2 minutes or until creamy. Stir in almonds. Spread in ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown; cool.
  2. In large bowl, mix cream cheese, granulated sugar and the vanilla until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup pineapple. Stir remaining pineapple into cream cheese mixture. Fold whipped topping and marshmallows into cream cheese mixture. Spread over pastry crust. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 48 hours.
  3. In 2-quart saucepan, gradually stir reserved 1 cup pineapple juice into cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute; cool. Fold in reserved pineapple and the kiwifruit. Cut dessert into squares; serve with fruit mixture. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 15 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Storage tip
If you need to store fresh strawberries a day or two, place them in a single layer in a 15x10x1-inch pan lined with paper towels. Cover the berries with paper towels and refrigerate.
Success
Remove the hulls of the strawberries after rinsing to avoid water-logged berries.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 355
    • (Calories from Fat 180 ),
  • Total Fat 20 g
    • (Saturated Fat 7 g,),
  • Cholesterol 10 mg;
  • Sodium 220 mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 40 g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1 g,
  • Protein 5 g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.