Sunday, December 3, 2006

Fruit Pizza

Well, it's not a new one really. I've been making this one for years, but it's been a while since I've made it. And I had been asked for the recipe recently. So I think this is one I'm going to share with the world.

The thing about this dessert is that you have to make sure to get the best fruit you can as it really is the star. Avoid canned fruit as they are too syrupy and will soak through to the cookie. Plus you will end up with a lot of extra to make a nice fruit salad. This is handy for those who may be watching what they eat.

1 pkg. sugar cookie dough (I like the tube of Pillsbury dough)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp chopped orange rind (I use the kind you get in the spice aisle)
Assorted fruits

1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp orange rind
1/2 tsp lemon rind

Spread the cookie dough out on a pizza pan (you can either slice it up and lay it out or just roll it out). Bake according to the directions until well browned. Cool.

Whip cream cheese, sugar, milk and rind together then spread over crust. Decorate with sliced fruit. Set aside.

Make glaze. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add the liquids and bring to a boil. Cook for one minute then add rinds. Cool. Brush onto the fruit. Avoid pouring too much glaze or else it will make the cookie soggy. Wrap the pizza and chill.

This can be made a day in advance but will not last more than two days because the juice will soak in.

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