Fruit Pizza (Again)

Fruit pizza seems to be a fun and fairly easy party dessert.  If you remember, I made two different varieties for a Fourth of July party earlier this year.  This version of fruit pizza was made for my cousin’s baby shower.  Since there were going to be plenty of other sweets and treats I only brought one this time.

I chose a sugar cookie crust.  This time, rather than being lazy and just buying store-bought dough, I made my own.  I used Martha Stewart’s “Ideal Sugar Cookie” recipe.  You can find that here.

Another thing that I did different this time was that I used disposable aluminum “pizza pans” to cook the cookie on.  I randomly found these while I was at the grocery store getting fruit.  They are larger than the last pans than I used, but they work a lot better.  They are easier to get the “pizza” out and easier to tell how thick the dough is.  We cooked the giant cookie in one of these pans for about 5 minutes longer than the recipe suggested since it is quite a bit larger than the average sugar cookie.  Or at least sugar cookies that I normally make. 😉

The frosting that I chose this time around was a cream cheese frosting.  This time I used the recipe from the book Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans  I also found it online here.  It was really simple, and very tasty – but for something that consists of butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla extract, it doesn’t surprise me that it was delicious.

Fruit Pizza Frosting

After frosting, the “pizza” was topped with fruit.  My fruit of choice this time was strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and kiwi.

Fruit Pizza

Ta da! Fruit pizza’s are really simple and can be customized very easily.

Fruit Pizza

Personally, I’m more of a fan of the brownie version, but the sugar cookie base is good too!

Ease: A, very easy.  The hardest part is probably making the sugar cookie dough.
Taste: A+, not too sugary and heavy and definitely delicious!

Would I make it again? More than likely yes.  Now to figure out how to make the third time even better than the first two….  🙂

Easy Fruit Pizza

The second (and third) desserts that I made this year for the big Fourth of July party were Fruit Pizza’s. I searched all over that place for a recipe that I liked and that was simple enough to get done in time for the party (and not have to buy much more than I already had) but I couldn’t find just one that worked.  So, I improvised and combined a few different ideas that I found in different places.

For the first pizza, I used a brownie base. (I just used a box mix, but whatever brownie mix would work) I only filled the 9″ round cake pan with about half of the batter to make sure that it was thin enough to have the right proportion of brownie, frosting and topping.

After the brownie is cooked and cooled I made the frosting.  For this cake, I used a cream cheese frosting.  The frosting is pretty much just cream cheese, powdered sugar and a little vanilla.  You can find the recipe here.  Make sure that you whip the frosting enough so that it is light enough to spread over the brownie without sticking to the top of the brownie and tearing it apart.

Final step: slice and add whatever fruit you desire.  We used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, but any fruit that you like would work.

Brownie Fruit Pizza

The second fruit pizza that I made used a sugar cookie base.  Since I was too short on time to make sugar cookie dough, I bought some pre-made refrigerator cookie dough from the store. (any other cookie dough recipe would probably work just as well.)

For the frosting on this one, I used an Avocado-Lime Whip that I found on Oh She Glows.  You can find the recipe here.  This was interesting because although it did have a slight avocado taste, it also tasted quite a bit like sugar and frosting.  I also love how bright green it turns out!

For the toppings on this one, we also used strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, but really you could use anything.

Avocado Fruit Pizza

These fruit pizza’s were a huge hit! (but not quite as much as the cheesecake.)  The cream cheese frosting was more popular than that avocado whip, but it was more that people were concerned about why the frosting was green.  I didn’t love the avocado frosting, but it wasn’t bad either.  I did love the brownie and cream cheese frosting though – although really you can’t go wrong combining cream cheese and brownie.

Ease: A-, for the most part this was not difficult, but if you chose to make your own brownie batter and cookie dough it would be a bit more time consuming.
Taste: A, I’m not sure that you can really go wrong with a fruit and sugar combination.

Would I make it again?  Yeah I think so.  It is definitely a crowd pleaser!  Next time I’ll try to figure out how to make the base in something that can be removed so that it looks prettier! 🙂