If you’ve never had dessert pizza before, you’re in for a treat. One of my favorite sweet pizzas is known as fruit pizza.
What is fruit pizza? It’s a pizza made with a cookie base, so the crust is sweet, often thin, and sometimes crispy. Instead of pizza sauce, you usually use yogurt, cream cheese frosting, or chocolate sauce to make for a sweet sauce. The fruit is chopped and arranged to face towards the center to give it the same shape as sliced pizza.
So, this can be a very decorative pizza that uses a lot of different fruity ingredients to give it plenty of variety. You can keep it as simple or as complex as you like, and I’ll definitely share with you my method for how to make fruit pizza from scratch. There are some shortcuts you can take though, and I’ll share some of those as well.
How to Make a Fruit Pizza
Try not to be daunted by the number of ingredients in this recipe. As I show you how to make fruit pizza from scratch, you can just keep in mind that there are quicker and easier ways to do this, which I will cover shortly.
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¾ cup of sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 ¼ cups of flour
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup of butter (softened but not melted)
- 1 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
- ¼ cup of butter (softened but not melted)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 12 ounces of cream cheese
- 1 sliced mango
- 5 sliced Kiwis
- 1/2 cup of blueberries
- 8 sliced strawberries
- 1 bunch of halved grapes
- To make the crust, you mix together your vanilla, egg, sugar, and butter. Combine them completely and then add in the remaining dry ingredients- baking powder, flour, and salt. Combine together and allow the dough to chill for half an hour.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a 14-inch pizza pan by greasing it. Alternatively, you can line it with parchment paper. Once the dough has been chilled, you can roll it out onto the pan, making sure there’s a little space around the edges. Allow it to bake for 12 minutes and then let the crust cool completely.
- To make the frosting, add cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and butter in in a bowl and mix until creamy. Spread that over the crust and allow to chill.
- Once your pizza crust and frosting have cooled, you can place your fruit on top in whatever arrangement you like.
How to Make Fruit Pizza Frosting
You have a few options for making the frosting. I think the cream cheese method is probably the most common and popular, but some people use chilled yogurt, and others use either chocolate sauce or chocolate pudding. If you’re using pudding, I would recommend that you chill it. You could use any kind of pudding you like for this, however.
Alternatively, if you want to make an extra sugary and sweet fruit pizza, you can use cake frosting that’s already made up or make it from scratch by mixing together confectioner’s sugar, softened butter, and a flavoring, like cocoa powder.
It’s important that you allow the crust to chill before putting the frosting on, and then let the frosting chill before adding the toppings so you don’t end up with a mess. That’s the secret for how to keep fruit pizza from getting soggy. If you use hot or wet components on this dish, it will become soggy. It’s a good idea too dab your fruit dry if it has extra moisture on it.
How to Make Fruit Pizza with Sugar Cookie Dough
I talked about using shortcuts for this dish before, and you’ve seen that already with the frosting and the different ways you can make that. Now, I want to show you how to make fruit pizza with sugar cookie crust.
You can make up sugar cookies but then not bake them and use the dough for your crust, following the same directions I’ve given you already to make the pizza from there. Or, you can use refrigerated cookie dough you buy from the grocery and just follow the same instructions that I provided above.
This method for how to make fruit pizza with the sugar cookie crust is really simple and will cut down on your preparation time considerably. If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to make food pizza at home, using already prepared cookie dough is an awesome shortcut.
How to Make Fruit Pizza with Pie Crust
Another shortcut is to use pie crust. You can take a prepackaged pie crust and flatten it out, especially if it’s refrigerated and malleable. Then, just follow the same directions I gave you above. Some pie crusts require different cooking methods than the crust method I used earlier. You will want to follow the instructions on the packaging to cook your crust.
How to Make Healthy Fruit Pizza
To keep this dish healthy, it’s good to use fresh fruits, making sure you don’t buy prepackaged fruits that may already have sugar or sweeteners on them. Also, try yogurt rather than cream cheese or use a fat free or sugar free Jell-O mix. For the crust, you can use a typical pizza crust dough or make yours from scratch, adding just a little sugar to sweeten it.
What Types of Fruit to Put on Fruit Pizza?
I’ve given you a few suggestions already in my recipe above, but you can really go anywhere you want with this. There’s no limit to the kinds of fruit you can put on the pizza, and I recommend you make them bite size. It works best with chilled food, but it doesn’t have to be chilled.
In addition to the fruits I’ve already mentioned, you could add pineapple, papaya, guava, banana, raspberries, and just about any other fruit you can think of.
How Long Can You Leave Fruit Pizza out?
You have to consider all the different ingredients on your pizza. Any of them could go bad, but each of them probably have different amounts of time they can spend out at room temperature before they start to turn. Your fruit would will probably be the first thing that goes bad, and you should try to keep the pizza out for no longer than about 30 minutes.
You also want it to stay cold as you eat it, so 30 minutes is a good cut off time to keep the pizza from getting too warm.