Fruit Pizza

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

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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.
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Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Two Peas and Their Pod