Pizza is one of my favorite foods. I used to think it deserved its own food group, and love the endless possibilities in crust texture and thickness, and the variety of potential toppings. There are many times chefs create dishes that are truly works of art. Pizza hasn’t typically been one of those. I’ve seen creative crust shapes, architectural designs, and silhouettes created with toppings. Nothing; however, as stunningly beautiful as fruit pizza, like this Fruit Pizza Cheesecake Tart.
A Visual Culinary Masterpiece
For you pizza purists, just give it a chance. A perfect way to start your day, a stunning centerpiece for an event, and a surefire to make you the envy of a summer gathering. Your creativity with fruit pizza is limited only by your imagination, sense of adventure and the in-season fruits available in your market.
The chefs at Huron House, an award-winning 14-room luxury bed and breakfast on the beach of Lake Huron, have created one of the most beautiful fruit pizzas I’ve seen. I envision watching the sun rise over Lake Huron in the summertime, enjoying a slice with a cup of coffee or hot tea. Huron House bills itself as a couples bed-and-breakfast retreat, where luxurious treatment is the rule of the day.
Huron House is sharing its recipe for a Fruit Pizza Cheesecake Tart that you can easily replicate at home. It’s delicious, beautiful and showcases your favorite fruits. Now, the stunning view from the balcony, might be a little more challenging to re-create!
Sugar Cookie Crust
- 1 package (16 ounces) prepared but cold sugar cookie dough
- 1 cup marshmallow fluff
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 3-4 cups fruit of choice
- 3 tablespoons jam of choice
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 Preheat the oven to sugar cookie package directions. Generously spray tart pan with nonstick spray (we used a 12-inch pan) and place atop a large sheet pan; set aside.
- 2 Unwrap the cookie dough and press it evenly, including up the sides; 3/4 the way up the pan.
- 3 Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly brown at the edges and center.
- 4 Remove and cool completely.
- 1 Make sure the cream cheese is softened then use a hand mixer to cream marshmallow fluff and vanilla Greek yogurt.
- 2 Cover and chill in the fridge until the crust is completely cool.
- 3 Fill the crust with the filling mixture.
- 1 Arrange fruit to your liking on top of your pie. You can create circular layers, one type of fruit at a time, alternate or a mixture of both.
- 2 Mix jam and water in microwave for 10-15 seconds then stir well.
- 3 Brush the mixture over the top of the fruit.
- 4 Serve immediately or cover and cool in the fridge.