Thursday, May 20, 2010

Strawberry Dessert Pizza (Treats For Co-Irkers)

There's a little restaurant in my town that the locals like to frequent not only for their delicious meals, but also for their spectacular desserts. I've eaten there a few times but always resisted ordering their strawberry dessert pizza, a favorite of the townspeople, including hubby's co-irkers. For the longest time the restaurant posted the recipe on their website, but this week when I finally decided to make this treat for hubby to take to work, the recipe was gone. I knew I should have copied it long ago. She who hesitates is lost, or at least left to her own resourcefulness.

Since I had never even tasted this delectable dessert, I had no idea what I was even up against, but when I came across some of my homemade cookie dough in the freezer, I decided to wing it and see how close I could come to the "legendary" strawberry pizza. The word got back to me that while the crust was different from what they were used to, the co-irkers actually liked my version better. (Or do you suppose they tell me these things so I'll continue to send in treats perhaps?)

If you're into Sandra Lee and want to semi-ho this recipe, feel free to use the store bought products below for your strawberry pizza, but since I am whole-ho or no-ho at all, I made both my sugar cookie dough and glaze from scratch.

Strawberry Dessert Pizza

1 pound sugar cookie dough
1 1/2 pounds of strawberries, divided
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup light corn syrup
red food coloring, optional
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softened (I used reduced fat)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll cookie dough into a 13 inch circle between two sheets of moderately floured parchment paper. Transfer cookie dough to ungreased 12 inch pizza pan. Trim any excess dough, if necessary. Bake cookie crust for 16-20 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Let cool completely.

For the filling:

Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat well until light and fluffy.

For the glaze:

Puree about 1/2 pound of cleaned and hulled strawberries in food processor or blender. You'll want about two cups worth of puree. Place puree, sugar and corn starch in sauce pan, stir well and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly for about two minutes, until glaze is thickened. Remove from heat and stir in corn syrup and a few drops of red food coloring, if using. Allow glaze to cool to room temperature.

To assemble the pizza:

Spread filling evenly over cookie crust. Take remaining strawberries and slice them, then lay them on the filling, covering the pizza completely. Pour or brush glaze over entire pizza. Refrigerate before serving.

13 comments:

Barbara Bakes said...

I am a semi-ho for somethings, but for something like this I think whole-ho is definitely the way to go. It looks scrumptious!

June said...

Definitely whole-ho! Looks absolutely incredibly beautiful and delicious. Don't you just love strawberry season?

Julie said...

Beautiful! I am semi-ho for fruit pizzas. The cookie dough is just too easy.

Moogie said...

Girl... when are you coming to visit? Bring dessert and some homemade bread.

Juliana said...

Wow, this is a nice dessert...so pretty and I am sure that must taste as good as it looks :-) Love the idea :-)

stephchows said...

pizza in any form can be my friend :)

Nanan said...

Beautiful!

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

hehehe, I love the semi-ho statement! I have to things. 1. Grumpy calls my co-irkers vultures. (that's just an FYI - so your hubby's lucky that his co-irkers got a nicer name. lol)2. I'm a whole-ho girl when it comes to this pie but hold nothing against a semi-ho.

msmeanie said...

Hi Mags! I have heard of this dessert and it looks so good! I totally need to make this. Love that you used the light cream cheese too. Yuumm!

Sue Sparks said...

I have seen and tried many fruit pizzas, but they are always made with a variety of fruits. I think I like your exclusively strawberry pizza better:) Homemade for this one!

Co Irker said...

When your hubs said he was bringing in strawberry pizza, I thought "Okay, I'll try a little slice." Figuring that you had gone with the recipe of the infamous restaurant's recipe.
But, yet again, you surprised us. This was better than the other strawberry pizzas I've had - and trust me working in this town I've had more than my fair share.
The crowning glory, the one thing that made me stop and say "I must eat a full piece." was the glaze.
If you make this recipe - splurge and make the glaze.

Thank you so much our phenomenal, pizza making perfectionist.

TGIF

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

I make tons of stuff in pizza form, even leftovers, since the dish itself so well to improvising. But WOW on this brilliant idea that I had not even begun to consider. Consider me a co-ho along with you and the others above in craving this one.

Suzanne aka vivisue said...

This looks fabulous. "Whole-ho" it is!!