Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza. Two words that equal endless deliciousness. Basically, it's a giant sugar cookie with cream cheese frosting and fruit - you can't go wrong. Fruit pizza in the shape of an American flag is the perfect Fourth of July dessert because it's light and fresh and well, it looks like a giant flag. 
If you're American, you know how fun July 4th is... the fireworks, the bbq, ice cold beers in the hot sun.  I mean let's be real here - it's the one day of the year that everyone gets to run around the yard yelling and waving a stick on fire in the air (a sparkler, of course!).

We all get to be kids and ooh and ahh at the fireworks. It's a day that everyone should have, a purely fun day filled with hot dogs and things on fire.  Therefore, Brits and all others, I suggest that you create your own July 4th, any day you like!

Pick a day, any day, and celebrate. All you need is something to BBQ, something to drink, something to light on fire (safely! like fireworks or a camp fire) and, of course, a flag shaped dessert. So here's one you can make anywhere, and in the shape of any flag you like!
 Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe 

1/2 cup (115 grams) butter
1 1/2 cups (340 grams) granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon (5 grams) vanilla
1 cup (242 grams) sour cream
3 cups (330 grams) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon (6 grams) salt
1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) baking soda

 Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, vanilla, and sour cream and mix.  Sift and add dry ingredients. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and roll (or pat with your hands) cookie dough out so that it evenly covers the entire cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown, roughly 13 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. NOTE: If you live in the USA, just use one tube of Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough and pat it out on a cookie sheet and bake according to directions. Be sure to keep an eye on it and remove when light golden brown.
Fruit Pizza Recipe

1 sugar cookie base
1 8 ounce (226 grams) package cream cheese
1 8 ounce (226 grams) container Cool Whip or Dream Whip
1/4 cup (30 grams) confectioners sugar
1 pint (about 300 grams) strawberries
1 pint (about 300 grams) raspberries
1 pint (about 300 grams) blueberries

Whip cream cheese, Cool Whip, and confectioners sugar till blended.  If you can't find Cool Whip (Brits, this means you), buy one package of Dream Whip and follow directions, then substitute this for the Cool Whip.  Spread mixture evenly over the cookie base and top with fruit. If you want it in the shape of a flag, just pick fruits that match your flag (red = raspberries, strawberries/ blue = blueberries/ green = kiwis/ white = leave black and let mixture show through/ yellow = pineapple/ you get the picture!).
Don't forget to make more than one, these go fast! And just one or two more tips - first, keep this refrigerated! Second, don't pick fruits that yellow (like bananas), or fruits with too much juice (like peaches). No one likes a soggy fruit pizza! Other than that, make them pretty and make them often! Oh, one more thing - share with friends! In the name of friends we don't know, Happy Fourth of July! And to those we do, like Miss Wendy below, Happy Birthday!

10 comments:

  1. Oh, it looks beautiful and it most certainly tastes lovely. How can the flavours not work when we have lovely seasonal berries? Happy 4th July to you. Are you in the US already?

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  2. Thank you, Valentina! Tash did this post from the USA. I travel over in 3 weeks to join her and we won't be back till September! I hope you are enjoying this warm English weather, I am!

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  3. I am loving the weather. oh, have a fab time Stacey. This is such a lovely post. Plus this food is terribly delicious.

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  4. Ha, very clever for the 4th July, looks impressive!
    xxx

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  5. Great - what fun and delicious too. Happy 4th July x

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  6. Thanks Anne and Charlie! Happy summer to you both, we seem to be having a great one so far here in England!

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  7. Wow that looks really beautiful! I would really like to try a slice!

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  8. Thanks, Sarah! Next time we make one, we'll give you a call! ; )

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  9. My mom and I used to make this for the 4th. So simple, fresh and delish! I think I'll plan to make it this year now that I'm feeling inspired. Beautiful photos also :-)

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  10. Linking to this tomorrow! Let me know if it's OK if I use a picture. Thanks!

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