Category Archives: cream cheese

#40: Fruit Pizza Pizza Recipe 7/31/10

A few summers ago I prepared an American Flag Cake on the Fourth of July for aparty we were attending. Our friend Bryan really enjoyed the cake, so a few weeks later when we were having him and his wife Rebecca over for dinner I decided to prepare another tasty dessert. That’s when I first made Fruit Pizza. Bryan liked this dessert even better! Fruit pizza has been on my list since the beginning of the year, but I didn’t want to make it for a meal. So, when I got the invitation to Bryan and Rebecca’s Desserts on the Deck party I couldn’t resist making this pizza (especially since Bryan’s birthday is tomorrow).

I brushed the dough with melted butter and then sprinkled on sugar and cinnamon then let it bake. While the dough baked I washed strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. And after having just discovered fresh apricots and loving them, Andrew requested a sliced apricot in addition to the berries. To hold the fruit on the pizza I altered my mom’s killer lemon cheesecake filling recipe and slathered it on the baked dough. We carefully arranged the fruit and sliced the pizza in prep for the party, at which point my pizza cutter snapped. Pizza #40 was the straw that broke the pizza cutter’s back! Luckily, it didn’t damage the pizza and it tasted fantastic! Now, I think I’ll run out and stock up on pizza cutters.


#22: Spinach & Artichoke Pizza Recipe 5/16/10

This pizza recipe takes me back to my high school days. My friends and I would make a late night run to Applebee’s, share an order of spinach and artichoke dip, some flavored iced tea, and some good gossip. Good memories! I still enjoy spinach and artichoke dip, but I have never attempted to make it so this was a first for me. My mom shared her recipe, which I combined with Alton Brown’s recipe for the dip. The combo called for frozen spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, parmesan cheese, garlic salt and crushed red pepper. My mom also provided a tip for a creamier dip, use more mayonnaise, less cream cheese. Andrew loves cream cheese so I didn’t take my mom’s tip, and man the dip was thick! It may have been super thick, but it turned out to be a delicious pizza. Andrew’s first reaction when he bit in was “Whoa, it’s rich!” The flavors blended well together and the crushed red pepper gave it a nice kick. Move over Applebee’s!