Messy Mom’s Fruit Pizza Specialty
One way I’ve gotten my kid’s excited about fruit is by making fruit creations like this Bert and Ernie Z and I made out of mostly an orange and banana when he was 5.
I also have a tradition of making a theme fruit pizza for birthday parties. Here are just a few that I have created over the years.
And here is the recipe in case you want to make your own. It’s so simple and you don’t have to do a fancy design. Any pattern of fruit can work.
8 oz. cream cheese
4 oz. Cool Whip (1 3/4 c.)
1/4 c. powdered sugar
16.5 oz. package of refrigerator sugar cookie dough
1 lg. pizza pan
Fruit of choice: kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, bananas
*For the optional simple syrup coating recipe see below
rolling the cookie dough into one giant cookie that fills the pizza pan. Bake according to directions (mine was 16-20 min. at 350 degrees). Let cool completely, about 30 minutes. For the topping you will combine sugar, cream cheese and Cool Whip. Spread over cookie crust. Arrange fruit on top.
Cooking Tip: Simple Syrup
You can help keep cut up fruits from turning brown by coating them with an acidic juice such as lemon or orange. Also, a simple syrup mixture, which is made by boiling equal parts of sugar and water. Citrus flavored simple syrup helps keep the fruit fresh. Here is an example recipe:
- 1 quart filtered or distilled water
- ½ lb granulated sugar
- 2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice (about 3 medium oranges)
- 2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3 medium lemons
- Boil the water and sugar, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool the syrup.
- Add the lemon and orange juices, then chill the syrup.
The fruit pizza is sure to be a hit at almost any occasion, but let me add one final tip. Make sure you try a piece shortly after serving because this pizza goes FAST!
Today’s post is a part of a 31 day series called Captain of the Kitchen. To catch up on all the other posts you can find the table of contents HERE.