Fruit Pizza

I made fruit pizza for our Fourth of July barbeque.  There is nothing more American than raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.  Did you know some people have never heard of Fruit Pizza?  My 86 year-old neighbor was amazed at the idea of fruit on a cookie crust, cut like a pizza and eaten like a pizza.  I was happy to give her her first taste of deliciousness.  This is how you make my favorite fruit pizza.

Make sure when you measure the flour, you spoon it into your measuring cup... 
and level it off with a knife.
The dough will be thick.
Grate your orange peel right into the dough and mix well.
Spread evenly onto a pizza pan and flute the edges if desired.
Cook until golden brown.
Let crust cool before adding creamy layer.

 Spread fresh fruit (any kind) on the cream layer and cut into 10-12 slices.  Prepare to enjoy every bite.

Fresh Fruit Pizza
*adapted from Our Best Bites

1 cup real butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp almond extract
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
zest of 1 orange

Creamy Topping:
1 8-oz. package cream cheese
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp orange extract
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Pizza Topping:
1 pint strawberries, washed, hulled, sliced, and patted dry
1/2 pint blueberries, washed and patted dry
1/3 cup blueberries, washed and patted dry

Fore the crust, cram the butter and sugar until light and fluffy-about 2 minutes.  Add in egg and extract and mix to incorporate.

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.  

Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.  Add the orange zest and mix until combined.

Spray a round pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray and, using your hands, spread the dough out to the edges of the pa.  if desired, you can add a decorative finish to the edges of the crust. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at leas an hour.

When ready to bake the crust, preheat your oven to 350.  Bake the crust for 18-25 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and completely baked in the center. - For a crunchier crust, bake longer.

When the crust is almost cool, use an electric mixer to combine the cram cheese, orange extract, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  In a separate bowl, whip the cream and powdered sugar until medium peaks form.  Fold the whipped cram into the cram cheese mixture and combine well.

spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled crust.  Arrange the berries as desired over the creamy topping.  Shake powdered sugar on top to finish it off.  Enjoy!




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