Strawberry Pizza

My birthday was last week and I made myself this strawberry pizza as a birthday treat. I can’t be the only one that makes their own birthday treats, right? Mike made me a cake the first year we were married, but ever since then I’ve taken the opportunity to try something new and enjoy the baking experience. Well this year Mike was out of town so it was just me and Zeke and Scamp at home. And so to cheer myself up, I made this strawberry pizza.  I love traditional fruit pizza, but this all strawberry version was just as good, if not better! The strawberry glaze on top was a great addition, and the end result was pretty as well as delicious. Everyone I shared it with (yes, I shared my birthday treat! :) ) loved it, and I’m already planning to make it again once I get a chance to go strawberry picking.  I can only imagine how good it will be with fresh local strawberries. :)

Strawberry Pizza

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Strawberry Pizza

Yield: 12-16 Servings

Ingredients:

Crust:
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Filing:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups crushed strawberries

Directions:

Make the crust: In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt and gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

On a floured surface, roll dough into a 13-in. circle. Transfer to an ungreased 12-in. pizza pan and build up the edges slightly. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool completely.

Make the filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over crust. Arrange sliced strawberries on top.

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and crushed berries until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool slightly then spoon over the sliced strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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