Monday, April 5

Fruit Pizza

I realize this recipe comes a little late for an Easter gathering, but this would be wonderful and less expensive as we move into the summer months.  It would be great for a Mother's Day brunch, a baby shower, a wedding shower, an outdoor barbecue...the list is endless! 

I decided early last week that I was going to make this for Easter dessert and I scoured the internet for a recipe.   I could NOT find one that made the crust without using some sort of store bought cookie dough/mix.  I am admittedly a food snob.  In addition, I am cheap.  Then the light bulb went on!  My mom had made me a recipe box several years ago with all our family's recipes--transferred each hand written one to the computer and printed each to put in this darling pink recipe box...anyways, I am off the subject.  I looked in my recipe box and viola!  There it was.  A recipe for fruit pizza with a crust from scratch.  I think the crust is way better, because it is not nearly as sweet as cookie dough; it is more of a shortbread crust.  Really buttery and yum.  There is still plenty of sweetness--just coming from the cream cheese frosting and fruit instead.

My Mom's Fruit Pizza

Crust

1/2 c cold butter
1 c flour
1/4 c powdered sugar

Combine in food processor or cut butter into flour and sugar until it is course crumbs.  Press into bottom of 12 x 8 pan or ovenproof dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  Cool completely.

Cream Cheese Spread

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c powdered sugar

Mix until thoroughly combined and spread on top of cooled crust.  Refriderate to firm up cream cheese once again.

You may use any fruit of your choice--whatever is in season or whatever you love.  Some suggestions are:

strawberries
pineapple (if using canned, may reserve juice for glaze--see below)
kiwi
maraschinio cherries
blueberries
mandarin oranges


Whatever fruits you choose, these should be thoroughly drained (if canned) and sliced.  Then--this is important.  Let your sliced/prepared fruit rest on paper towels for about 30 minutes to wick away any excess moisture.  You will be surprised with how much moisture is drawn away from the fruit--even with kiwis.  This will help your pizza keep longer and not get soggy.  No one likes soggy pizza.  Blech!

























Once your fruit is "dry," layer fruits on cream cheese.

I didn't add it this time, but you can put a glaze on top of the fruit if you wish.  I love it and would have done it this time, but my mom doesn't prefer it, so I chose not to.  I think it adds a little something and makes it even richer and little tangy.  Yum!

Glaze

2 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 cup pineapple juice
3/4 cup sugar
1-3 tsp. lemon juice

Mix cornstarch with cold pineapple juice.  Add remaining ingredients and bring to a soft boil and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture starts to thicken.  Remove from heat and let cool completely.  Once cool, drizzle over pizza.  Enjoy!

























This recipe is linked to:

Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday
Blessed With Grace Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap   

Life As Mom Ultimate Recipe Swap







6 comments:

Melinda said...

I'm just as much a food snob as you - home made rules!! I've been looking for a home made crust for fruit pizza for a long time! Thanks for sharing!

NorCalMom said...

Great recipe! My fruit salad loving daughter would love to make this. Thank you for sharing.

Brenda said...

This is a great recipe for going in to summer. I can't wait to try it!

Jen@balancing Beautyand Bedlam said...

Oh yes...we love fruit pizza here and your pictures are AMAZING!! :)

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Looks so wonderful!! Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

Johnlyn ~ said...

I haven't seen a homemade crust recipe - thanks for posting!

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