Fruit Pizza

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like fruit pizza.

Huh? You’ve never though the same thing? That’s weird.

Actually, let me rephrase. Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a semi truck full of dark chocolate but since that ain’t gonna happen, I’ll revert to my previous statement.

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like fruit pizza. Really!

Sweet and tender dough, creamy and tart frosting, and of course, refreshing and juicy fresh fruit. It’s a perfectly light and delicious treat.

I like my fruit pizza dough on the thicker side but feel free to adapt things your way (or how your sweetie likes it). Here’s to saying “I Love You” with fruit pizza!

Fruit Pizza

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Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza

Ingredients

    Dough:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon, divided (use the other half for the frosting)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Frosting:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon (1-2 tablespoons)
  • Other half of lemon zest from above
  • Fresh Fruit:
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Kiwi

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10-inch round or tart pan with nonstick cooking spray. This will give a fairly thick crust. If you want a thinner crust, try using a larger pizza pan shape or a 9X13-inch pan (you’ll have to test this out since I’ve only used a 10-inch tart pan).
  2. For the dough, in a large bowl, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until smooth. Mix in egg, vanilla, and 1/2 of the lemon zest. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Press the dough into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake the dough for 10-12 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Don’t overbake as the crust will become dry. Cool the crust on a wire rack completely.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the granulated and powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and other half of the lemon zest. Spread on the cooled pizza crust to within 1/4-inch of the edges. Arrange fruit on top of the pizza. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and chill until serving time.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/fruit-pizza/

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Two Peas and Their Pod

52 Responses to Fruit Pizza

  1. Angie Walker says:

    This is definitely a lighter side to all the fattening sweets that are consumed around Valentine’s Day. Of course, I would rather see the truck load of dark chocolate, but if someone gave me one of these, I would be happy, happy, happy. Definitely looks gorgeous.

  2. I love a good fruit pizza! Great idea.

  3. CassidyS says:

    What a great idea & it looks so pretty!

  4. Brittany says:

    I actually burst out in laughter when I read your “semi truck full of dark chocolate” comment-you are so funny! This looks SO good-it is for sure going on my long list of recipes from you to try! I have made MANY of your recipes and me and my family absoloutly love them all!

  5. holly says:

    Yummy! Haven’t had fruit pizza in forever:)

  6. Joanne says:

    Firstly, I think I need to make that dough and proceed to eat it. Maybe raw. Maybe not. hard to say.

    This looks so delicious!

  7. Janel says:

    What to do?! I was going to make the chocolate bowls and pudding for Valentine’s but I love me a fruit pizza as well – and I know yours will be delicious! We’ll have to celebrate all week long.

  8. Nicole says:

    Mel, this looks so great. My husband will love it. Can’t wait to make it for him. Thanks for sharing. It is so pretty too. I also like it thick!

  9. Abby says:

    I love the heart shape! I don’t know why I have never thought to do that! Yours looks so yummy! Will you be my valentine?

  10. I love fruit pizza and what an adorable way to make it festive for this time of year!

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  12. I love fruit pizza! They are the reason I love to go to Pampered Chef parties. There is always one there!

  13. Jules says:

    I havent had a fruit pizza in ages!!! Never say never to the truck load of chocolate!!! I have a sister who works for a huge trucking company in Marshfield…when and where should it accidently be delivered??? LOL

  14. Your photo is beautiful, and I looooove fruit pizza. Great idea!!

  15. Cecilia says:

    You’ve included everything: a red heart, cream cheese and pizza!

  16. briarrose says:

    Lovely job and a wonderful Valentine’s Day treat.

  17. Laurel says:

    Mmmm – this looks seriously amazing. I want some right now! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  18. Camille says:

    I have always wanted a good fruit pizza recipe. I can’t wait to try this!

  19. This is beautiful…. right up my alley! A great looking Valentine’s Day dessert!

  20. Elise R. says:

    I remember my mom making a fruit pizza for my 16th birthday. My girlfriends and I devoured it! She made it all colorful with kiwi, blueberries, mango, strawberries, and raspberries, but I love the idea of having a theme like Valentine’s Day for your pizza!

    This is definitely going on the Must Make list. :)

  21. Great photos! Plus the recipe looks divine. We’d love for you to share your recipe at dishfolio.com!

  22. grace says:

    aw, look at that–what a perfect design. there are a lot of heart-shaped things floating around blog world these days, but i might like this the very best!

  23. Kandi V says:

    Okay, I ran out and purchased a tart pan after seeing this post. As much as I love me some chocolate, it is exciting to try something new for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for making me a culinary superstar in my home!

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  25. Aimee says:

    This was so yummy! My strawberry loving daughter really loved it. I loved the combination of the lemon in the tart and frosting with the fruit on top. This is a definite keeper!

  26. Sarah H. says:

    We always had fruit pizza for the Super Bowl when I was growing up. Good memories. :) My mom always added kiwi which is what really sticks out in my mind for some reason.

  27. Laura Harper says:

    DELICIOUS! Thanks for the recipe and the fun holiday twist- got my little boys involved and the result was a fun activity and a wonderful dessert. Couldn’t wait until Valentines day! :)
    Love your website.

  28. Strawberries are just so perfect for Valentine’s Day. What a pretty dessert!

  29. Kim in MD says:

    What a beautiful dessert! Happy Valentine’s Day! :-)

  30. I have made lots of fruit pizza in my life (even mini ones, check this out! http://triedandtriedagain.blogspot.com/2010/06/baby-shower-food.html), but this one was probably the best one I’ve ever had!! And, so pretty in the tart pan (genius!). I LOVED the little bit of lemon in the cookie and the frosting. Just delightful! Everyone loved it. Thanks for another winner Mel!

  31. Rachel says:

    This was a major hit at our house tonight! Thanks for all of the tasty ideas.

  32. xiuxiu says:

    Tried this yesterday. Hubby said the crust is like butter cookies, but I feel it’s more like a shortbread. I tweaked the recipes a little bit. I added whipped cream to the cream cheese (because I use a big pan, and it wasn’t enough to cover the crust), and resulted in creamy and not too cheesy filling. I also added lemon flavored jello on the top of the fruits. Really good!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  33. Laurel says:

    My 2 year old daughter and I made this for my husband for Valentine’s and it was a big hit in my house. Thank you very much for the recipe! I’ve never used a tart pan before and didn’t have one, but went ahead and got one. I wasn’t quite sure how it worked. I ended up turning it over to get the crust out. When I did this the crust fell in the middle a little, but still tasted great. Any tips on how to use a tart pan?

  34. Mel says:

    Hi Laurel – whenever I use my tart pan, after the tart (or fruit pizza, in this case) has baked and cooled, I gently press the bottom circle of the pan up while holding onto the sides of the tart pan. If the edges of the tart or fruit pizza need loosened, I gently do that with a knife before pressing the removable circle up. If the edges are loosened, the bottom circle should press right up, releasing the tart. It’s not a problem to leave the metal circle piece on the bottom of the tart while serving.

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  39. Holly W says:

    I made this for Easter dessert. It was received with lots of oohs and aahhs. We had guests for dinner so I fed a total of 7 people and the fruit pizza disappeared in no time. I like a thinner crust so I used my large pizza pan, covered it with foil and then spread the dough on it. It was a little tricky working with the dough but I managed to spread it fairly evenly in a large circle on the pizza pan. It didn’t need to bake as long and in the end, it turned out beautifully. I topped it with blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, bluberries, pineapple and kiwi and now I wish I’d taken a picture of it! It was so pretty. Thanks for the best fruit pizza recipe I’ve ever tried.

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  42. Megan says:

    I don’t have a tart pan…could I use a springform pan?

  43. Mel says:

    Megan – sure, that should work fine.

  44. Haley says:

    Hey Mel, I don’t have a tart pan. Do you think I could use a regular ol’ glass pie dish?

  45. Mel says:

    Haley – yes, I think a pie plate would work just fine!

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  47. Mare says:

    After making fruit pizza for 15 years and trying over 50 different homemade crusts….this is the ONE! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I use a jelly roll pan with a mixture of fruit, but a perfectionist when it comes to cooking/baking! I do add a bit of almond extract. Thanks Mel!!

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