Tuesday, January 25, 2011

FRUIT PIZZA


As promised, here is the dessert to yesterday's pizza luncheon in the form of fruit pizza.  I generally think of this as a summer dessert, but with nearly all summer fruits being available during the winter months there's no reason not to make it. Plus, it really does make you feel as if summer is on the way.  So a slice of this and that extra minute of light at the end of the day will have you searching for your beach hat and flip flops!

FRUIT PIZZA
1 (18-oz.) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough, cut into 1/8" slices
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, mandarin oranges, kiwi, or anything else that's in season (or in your fridge)
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line an ungreased 14" pizza pan with cookie dough, overlapping slices slightly, and pressing together to form a nice bottom crust.  Bake 12 minutes or until light brown; remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and almond extract; using an offset spatula, spread cream cheese mixture over the cookie crust.  Arrange fruit over the cheese layer in any pleasing design.

In a small saucepan over very low heat, make a glaze by heating preserves and water.  Brush glaze over fruit using a silicone pastry brush, making sure to cover the fruit completely so none of it turns dark.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

This does not keep well, so plan on using it up as quickly as possible.  I've kept it for a total of 3 days which is just about as long as it will last, and by the third day the crust is pretty gummy.  You can replace the refrigerated cookie dough with one of your own making, but why bother?  It's great this way and much faster and easier.

Serves 8-10 delighted diners
As you can see from this photo, I baked mine in a fluted-edge tart pan.  It was pretty, but a real booger to remove from the pan.  So stick with a pizza pan if you can find yours.  I couldn't find mine, hence the poor tart pan choice.


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6 comments:

nancycreative said...

Your fruit pizza looks delicious, and so pretty, too!

Lisa said...

That is a beautiful fruit pizza. I love how you arranged everything on top. I have a new linky on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up.

Elsa said...

I made pizza and you made dessert pizza! :) It looks stunning!!

Victor said...

At first glance, it looks like a pavlova. Your dessert pizza looks fruity and delicious.

PERMANENT POSIES said...

Oh my goodness! That looks delicious. I haven't had one in years and yours looks great. Thanks for linking up with me. I really appreciate it.

I have been racking my brain with the words Olla Podrida and trying to remember why they sounded so familiar. I did not know the meaning until I read your blog. But when I was a kid, there was a craft/gift mall in Dallas named Olla Podrida and I used to love to go there with my mom. I wonder if it is still there?

Anyway, it is an interesting name for a blog!

prolix said...

It super and good flavour that u given to this
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