Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Delicious Dessert

It's at this time of year when the harvesting of fruit is at it's peak, that we get to implement some of our favorite fruit recipes. Recipes that refresh and bring back memories from the previous summers.
Fruit Pizza is one of these recipes. Found, we believe, in a Perennials magazine quite a few years ago, this is one our favorite ways to use up extra fruit that we may have. It's the perfect ending to a hot day and oh so refreshing with all of the fruit on it. Oh my mouth is watering for it as I type!!!
This is just to good to keep to myself.....

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. lemon extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar; beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour, baking power, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture. Beat well. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Press dough into a greased 12-in. or 14-in. pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until a light golden brown. Cool completely.

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup whipped topping

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Add whipped topping; mix well. Spread over crust. Add your choice of fruits; our favorites are strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, peaches, bananas', or anything else that we may have handy.

1/4 orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup hot water
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar

Combine glaze ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Brush over fruit. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield: 12-14 servings


Sarah said...

That sounds good, Ashley! And quite the refreshing dessert to enjoy on a hot summer day. :) Thank you for sharing!

Becky said...

Wow, that looks good. I was just wondering what to make for my little boy's 2nd birthday this weekend, as we don't like cake a whole lot...maybe I'll have to make one of these.

Ashley said...

Sarah- It is refreshing... a good way to use up peaches and blueberries that one might have floating around their house (like we have at the moment... well, not the peaches but I have a feeling that we will very very soon!).
Thank you for your comment!

Becky- I don't think you would be dissapointed with this recipe, Becky. It's quite good and the 'crust' is almost like shortbread... it's very similar. If you do try it, I hope you find it very good!

Beth said...

I have had fruit pizza before and liked it, but had only seen recipes using the "tube" sugar cookie dough you buy at the store. I like the idea of making my own crust better.

Ashley said...

Welcome to my blog, Beth! You may find it interesting that we have two recipes for fruit pizza; one calls for a tube of dough and the other has you make it. We took the dough from the one and used the topping 'concoction' from the other to create this one, which we love!!
I agree; I really like the idea of making my own crust instead of buying it. It seems healthier and more tasty as well!
Thank you for your comment! I really appreciate it!