Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Strawberry Pizza: The Fruits of Summer

Strawberry Pizza
Inspired By Uncle Michael's Recipe

When i was a kid, my Uncle Michael would throw a BBQ every SUNDAY during the summer. Like religion. Once in a while he would make this dish, Strawberry Pizza and serve it for everyone. It was always the biggest hit, and was gone almost immediately. Once my uncle asked me to make it for him, and i got to learn the recipe. Over the years since then, i have modified the recipe quite a bit, and here it now is. i hope you enjoy this recipe as much as i do, and i am sure if you share it with anyone, it will be a big hit for you also!

The Recipe:
Serves about 4. But this stuff is really hard to share.

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 cup sugar

4 oz Cream Cheese, softened or Fromage Blanc
1/4 cup sugar

1 tbs heavy cream (or milk)
1 pint strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
1/4 cup sugar

* Freshly whipped cream (optional)

Prepare Crust:
Heat oven to 350*. Prepare 9" round cake pan with a parchment lining. Melt Butter in a microwave safe container. set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and sugar. Add butter, mix with whisk till as dough forms. Press dough into an even layer onto the bottom of the pan. Bake for about 10 minutes, till golden. Be sure to watch the crust carefully when it is in the oven, the crust burns very easily after about 8 minutes. Here is a hint, when you smell it, it is probably done.
Prepare Spread:
In a bowl, mix together cream cheese, sugar, and cream till smooth. set aside.
Once the crust has baked and fully cooled, Remove carefully from pan and place on a flat surface. Spread cream cheese in an even layer over crust. Top with strawberries, and whipped cream if you like. Serve.

This recipe is great for any fresh berry of summer, i also like to use raspberries or blueberries, but any mix of the three will turn out nice. You can also try a drizzle of Nutella. 

Hope you are enjoying this last stretch of Summer!

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