Evelyn Brandon – For The Record

The first time my mama asked me if I wanted to try some fruit pizza, I thought she had surely gone off the deep end. All I could picture was traditional pizza with fruit on it. I wasn’t having any of it; I think my exact words were “ewww, that’s nasty.” The she showed it to me and of course, I had to try it, because I love fruit and anything with cream cheese. Naturally, I fell in love with it.

This is a great after school snack. It keeps the kids eating healthy and it certainly is a fun dish! It’s also a great dessert for a covered dish luncheon or any other function.

The possibilities are endless on the kinds fruits you can add to it as well. I would like to try it with blackberries and raspberries. But use your imagination and make it your very own creation. I think you’ll like it.

Bon appétit!

Fruit Pizza

1 16.5 ounce roll Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookies

1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 kiwifruit, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced

1 cup halved or quartered fresh strawberries

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 cup grapes

1 small can drained mandarin oranges

1/2 cup apple jelly

Heat oven to 350. Spray pizza pan with cooking spray. Spread cookie dough out and press into pizza pan to form crust. Bake 16-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 30 minutes, or until crust is cool to the touch.

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Spread mixture over cooled crust. Arrange fruit over cream cheese. Stir jelly until smooth, brush over fruit. Refrigerate until chilled – usually about an hour. Cut into pie shaped wedges and serve cold.

Remember to refrigerate any leftovers.