I know a lot of people are totally out on fruit desserts. However, I think that this genre of sweets is given an unfair, undeserved reputation. Sure, fruit desserts can be undesirable. I’m not advocating for weird creamy fruit gelatin creations or anything made with that gross artificial fruit cocktail. Those are deservedly categorized in the “disgusting” category of desserts.
Not all fruit desserts fall into this category, though!! Before dismissing them completly, you need to give this fruit pizza a chance. I promise that this dessert is not only NOT gross, it is DELICIOUS! I have faith that this fruit pizza will change all you nay-sayers minds on fruit desserts. This is especially true now that we are in the dead of summer because, in my opinion, fruit pizza is the quintessential summertime dessert. I shall list the reasons why:
1) Fruit pizzas can be made ahead of time. No one likes dishes that have to be made right before they are served, especially when you are bringing them to someone else’s home. These types of dishes typically result in a last minute frenzy that involves drying your hair while mixing ingredients, as well as the inevitable outfit change caused by some sort of spillage… at least in my world. Additionally, it is hot as HELL outside. Do you really want to be running your oven in the middle of the day, allowing all that extra heat to fill your home and melt your make-up off? I think not. Fruit pizza prevents both of these heinous issues since it can be thrown together when you have time and left to rest in the fridge until the event. I personally like it better after it sits a while. With time, the icing acts as the ultimate binding agent, combining the flavors and textures of all three layers into into boundary-less fusion of perfection.
2) Fruit pizzas holds up in summer weather. While fruit pizzas are delicious, let’s be honest. You are not going to be bringing a fruit pizza to a fancy dinner or cocktail party. Probably 95% of the scenarios in which a fruit pizza is appropriate take place outside. Fruit pizzas respect their place in the dessert world and know to stay in their lane. Think pool parties, BBQs, etc. Now, unless you live in Siberia, this means heat will be present at said event. And, if you live where I do, heat is not only present but quite overbearing. So, you are going to need a dish that you don’t have to worry about melting or getting funky in the sun/heat. Fruit pizza is steady and is made of ingredients that withstand the sweltering temperatures and humidity. No one’s outdoor summer bash will be ruined with melted chocolate and/or drooping cakes!
3) Fruit pizzas are refreshing. As mentioned above, the most likely setting in which you will find yourself munching on a fruit pizza is outdoors. In the summer. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t find warm, rich desserts appetizing in this sort of environment. Mmm, let me snack on this molten chocolate lava cake as I stand here IN AIR THAT FEELS MOLTEN. No, thank you. Fruit pizza is light! It’s refreshing! Bright bursts of fruit flavors explode with every bite and and make you feel cool and happy and not like you’re going to explode!
4) Fruit pizzas are FUN, just like summer. You can decorate them however you want with whatever variety of fruit shapes and colors! It reminds me of those colored shapes that you made designs with in kindergarten. You know what I’m talking about?? These. Let your creative juices flow as you decorate this blank canvas/cookie. This base recipe can be used to make hundreds of variations of fruit pizza. The options are limitless!! Feeling tropical? Use pineapple, kiwi and mango. Or if you are in more of a cherry-berry mood, decorate the fruit pizza with bing cherry halves, blueberries and raspberries.
So, there you have it. My main reasons why Fruit Pizza is a great summer dessert that is definitely worth making before the end of summer!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- assorted sliced fresh fruit
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 12-inch pizza pan or 9-inch tart pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Combine butter, cream cheese, and sugar in the bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and mix until incorporated. With beater on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until dough is fully incorporated.
- Press dough evenly onto prepared pan. Bake the cookie until the edges just begin to turn brown, about 15-17 minutes for pizza pan, or about 18-20 for tart pan. Center should still be soft- do NOT over-bake! Cool completely.
- While the cookie is cooling, make the frosting. Beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until no clumps remain. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Spread icing over sugar cookie and decorate with fruit.