Yoomi’s Fruit Pizza

21 Aug

When I think of my childhood, I think of my mom’s fruit pizza. She created this work-of-art dessert that is both insanely yummy and healthy. And what’s the best part of it all? It’s easy to make! I’ve made her fruit pizza recipe several times now and even tried my own variations with the fruit. Today I’m going to share her recipe with you so that you can try it and impress your family and friends! It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser!

Ingredients:

1 tube sugar cookie dough

1 tbsp tapioca

Filling:

  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings:

  • 1 small can pineapple rings
  • 1 can mandarin oranges
  • 3 kiwis, halved and sliced
  • 2-3 bananas, sliced
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced

Let’s make our fruit pizza!

First, let’s make our tapioca glaze that we will brush on top of the fruit pizza. Drain the can of pineapples and the can of mandarin oranges. In a medium saucepan, combine the liquid and 1 tbsp of tapioca. Bring the liquid to a boil, stirring constantly. Once it boils, remove from the heat and let it thicken and cool completely.

Next, preheat the oven to 350 F. Take the ready-made sugar cookie dough (you can also make your own dough) and press it into a 12-inch pizza pan. Make sure the dough is distributed evenly. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool completely.

Golden brown sugar cookie

Time for the best part: the cream cheese filling! Use a hand-held mixer and combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. When our sugar base has cooled completely, spread the cream cheese mixture evenly onto the cookie.

Prepare the fruit except the bananas (these will brown, so we will prep them right before we place them on our pizza). Make sure all slices are even and thin. Also, save one whole strawberry to use as the centerpiece. Start by placing a pineapple ring in the middle of the fruit pizza. Place the mandarin oranges tightly around the pineapple. Then circle with the kiwi slices.

Next, slice the bananas and place them around the pizza. Work quickly so that they don’t brown! I made a smaller fruit pizza in this picture so I halved the bananas, but for a 12-inch size, don’t halve them! Finally, place the sliced strawberries and put the whole strawberry you saved in the center of the pineapple.

So how do we keep our fruit pizza looking fresh and tasty?? Take the tapioca glaze we made earlier and brush it on top of the entire pizza. This will keep our bananas from browning and give our dessert sparkle and shine! Store in the refrigerator.

Ta da! As we say in Korean, 맛있게 드세요 (masitkke deuseyo) – enjoy!

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