Easy Fruit Pizza

by Shayla Ebsen

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My favorite recipes are those that have family ties. Heirloom recipes offer a sense of nostalgia while being prepared and bring families together with each bite.

For me, this fruit pizza is one of those recipes. It comes from my grandmother’s recipe collection and is often made at family reunions, holiday gatherings and other special occasions. My grandmother passed away from breast cancer when I was young, so it’s especially important to have recipes such as this that keep her memory fresh even years after her passing. Although my younger cousins aren’t able to know her, they’ll gain a sense of the person my grandmother was through the recipes she left behind.

I made a few modifications to the original recipe such as lowering the sugar amount and adding lemon to the glaze. However, overall, it remains largely the same from the days in my grandmother’s recipe box. I hope you’ll make this easy fruit pizza to share with your family and that it’ll become a new dessert tradition in your family.

Ingredients:

Fruit Pizza Crust:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small chunks
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Juice saved from the canned mandarin oranges (reserve 2 tablespoons of the juice for the cream cheese spread)
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Cream Cheese Spread:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fruit juice saved from canned mandarin oranges

Fruit Toppings:

  • 8 ounces canned mandarin oranges, drained (reserve drained juice for the cream cheese spread and glaze)
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • Handful of grapes, sliced in thirds
  • 1 cup strawberries, de-stemmed and sliced

Preparation:

Fruit Pizza Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, cut the butter in with the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles crumbs. Add the vanilla and mix until fully combined.
  • Firmly press the crust into the bottom of the greased 9 x 13 baking pan and slightly up the sides of the pan.
  • Place the pan on the oven’s center rack and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the crust is very lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Glaze:

  • In a small sauce pan, combine the sugar, juice from the mandarin oranges (be sure to reserve 2 tablespoons of the juice for the cream cheese spread), corn starch, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook on medium heat until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and cool completely.

Cream Cheese Spread and Fruit Toppings:

  • Using your stand mixer or handheld mixer, cream together the sugar, 2 tablespoons juice from the mandarin oranges and softened cream cheese. Blend until creamy and smooth.
  • Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture on the cooled crust. Arrange the various fruit slices evenly on top of the cream cheese spread.
  • Pour the cooled glaze over the fruit pieces and serve immediately OR refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • The fruit pizza is best if eaten within a day of preparation.

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