Strawberry season is in full swing here in New England. The weather has been warm and the berry plants are full of fruit. My mother-in-law has a few signature recipes. This strawberry pizza is one of them. As soon as the beautiful, red berries begin to show up on the supermarket shelves I start thinking about this strawberry pizza.
The pizza crust is a crisp, shortbread cookie. It is spread with a layer of sweetened cream cheese and a strawberry glaze and topped with sliced fresh strawberries. I'm salivating as I type up this description. This pizza looks pretty, tastes great and is relatively simple to prepare. Try it for your next gathering and I'm sure you will be pleased.
source: Leslie Brown; aka The BEST mother-in-law around
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 stick of salted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
Cream Cheese "Sauce":
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup mashed fresh strawberries
1/4 - 1/2 cup granulated sugar, depending on the sweetness of the berries
1 tablespoon cornstarch
8-10 strawberries, sliced thin
In a food processor or medium bowl cut in flour, sugar and cold butter. Until mixture forms a dough. Form into a ball with your hands and press into an ungreased pizza pan. Crust should be approximately 12-14 inches in diameter.
Bake at 350º F for 15 minutes until just golden on top. Cool completely.
Cream Cheese Sauce:
In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, vanilla, sugar and lemon juice. Spread on cooled crust.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine strawberries, sugar. In a small bowl mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water and whisk until smooth. Add cornstarch slurry to strawberry mixture and bring to a boil. Simmer until thick and glossy. Cool. Spread on top of cream cheese filling.
Slice fresh strawberries and lay on top of strawberry sauce. Chill and serve.