This Fresh Fruit Pizza is a combination of sweet cookie base, cream cheese filling and a layer of fresh tart fruit. The combination of fruit is really up to you but I would advise using soft types such as strawberries, kiwi, banana, orange, grapes, plums, pineapple and so on. I just used what I could find easily and tried to have a variety of color.
You will be amazed at the reactions you get when you bring this pizza out… it is awe inspiring to look at. Cut the base before adding the fruit to make it easier for yourself to serve and to save the fabulous pattern you make with the fruit. If serving it to children you could even let them decorate their own piece.
I actually doubled the recipe for the base – but not the cheeses filling – since I was making it for 12 people. The only problem I came across was the baking time. After 12 minutes it still wasn’t crisp. The base tasted fine but was very soft so I think 17 to 20 minutes would have been better when doubling the recipe.
Fresh Fruit Pizza
- 1/2 cup butter, softened (113 gram)
- 3/4 cup white sugar (170 gram)
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (130 gram)
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream cheese filling
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1/2 cup white sugar (115)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth.
- Mix in egg.
- Combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended.
- Press dough into an ungreased pizza pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla until light.
- Spread on cooled crust not more than an hour before serving, to avoid making the crust soft.
- Arrange desired fruit on top of filling, and chill. (I kept the fruit and cheese filling in the fridge and then made the pizza just 15 minutes before serving it.)
Due to the sweetness of the base you need a good amount of fruit on top. The layer I made was too thin so I served slices of fruit along with the pizza for those who wanted to add more.
This Fresh Fruit Pizza is worth making again but I might try it with a little less sugar or a lot more fruit next time. Any fruit lover’s birthday coming up? Try something new!