It may not be a traditional pizza, but a fruit pizza is a surefire way to add a little bit of excitement to an otherwise dull dessert. Unlike a regular pizza that uses dough, a fruit pizza utilizes a cookie-based crust and thus serves a perfect balance for all the fruit you’ll be piling on top of it. Follow these recipes and you’re on your way to making dessert something to be excited about again.
The crust of the fruit pizza can be made in one of two ways, either using premade cookie dough from a tube or by making your own. Obviously if you’re strapped for time or don’t have the right ingredients, simply purchasing a tube of refrigerated cookie dough and rolling it out into the shape of a pizza crust is the quickest, most efficient option. Simply pop it into the oven after shaping it and you’re on your way. However, if you’re the type of person who enjoys baking from scratch, the following recipe will help you make the perfect crust for a fruit pizza.
There are a number of recipes floating around for the crust, so there’s no one way to make it. The following ingredients are often used, adapted from the recipe from here. These amounts will make approximately two crusts, though feel free to make more or less to suit your tastes.
1 1/2 cup Sugar
2 1/2 cup All-purpose flour1
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 cup Butter, softened
2 Eggs (optional)
4 tsp. Vanilla Extract or Almond Extract
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Cream of tartar
The crust is essentially a giant sugar cookie, and since there are numerous recipes online for sugar cookies, this is merely one option. Some use baking powder instead of baking soda, while others omit almost everything, using only the sugar, the flour, and the butter. In some cases, you can add a pinch of cinnamon to make a Snickerdoodle crust! The beauty of the crust is that you can experiment with a number of different mixtures to achieve your desired taste and texture.
To make the crust, combine the flour, sugar, and butter until nice and smooth. Mix in the other ingredients until smooth. Once all blended together, spread the dough evenly onto an ungreased pizza pan. Bake until lightly browned and remove from oven to cool.
Some recipes call for a crust made with nothing but sugar, flour, and butter, though one can imagine how much more flavorful the final product would be if you added a variety of flavorings. Since the fruit and toppings will provide much of the flavor, all of the extra ingredients aren’t necessary, though they may make for a much tastier pizza. The Toppings
While your crust is baking, you should be preparing your toppings. A common thread among most fruit pizza recipes is a cream cheese-based frosting to hold all of the fruit in place. Like the crust, you can either make this from scratch, or buy a premade frosting that comes in a can.
To make it from scratch, all you need is:
16 oz. Cream Cheese
1 cup sugar
4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Simply blend the three together and spread it on the crust after it has cooled down. You can experiment with the amount of sugar used and other flavoring to achieve your desired taste. Conversely, you can also buy some heavy cream, get some cocoa powder, and sweetener, and make your own flavored whipped cream to use as a topping.
And that’s it. Once it’s spread evenly on the crust, simply add your desired fruit toppings and enjoy. It’s quite simple to make, and a great variation on the traditional pizza.