Strawberry Pizza

Years ago, when I was newly married, we lived in Palo Alto, California. On the weekends we loved to entertain in our first little house, which we had dubbed “The Mouse House.” Searching for a new dessert offering, I came across this recipe. I think it was printed in a San Jose newspaper. (The newspaper industry was very healthy in the early 80’s.) It may have been Strawberry Festival time in California, a seasonal event that probably involved a parade and a Strawberry Queen.

This dessert recipe has proved to be an enduring success, and a perennial summertime favorite in my family. In fact, it isn’t summer until I have made Strawberry Pizza. I have made a few adjustments to recipe quantities over the years, but I have kept true to the original strawberry spirit.

Strawberry Topping:

2 cups chopped or mashed strawberries

4 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Sprinkle sugar over the strawberries and let macerate. Cook the berries over low to medium heat until they soften. Mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of the strawberry juice in a separate small container or cup, until it forms a smooth paste. Then add the paste into the strawberry mix. Cook the mixture until it is thick and glossy. Allow to cool.

Shortbread Crust:

1 cup flour

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 stick of butter, softened

Mix ingredients in a small bowl. (I use my fingers.) Use hands to form the dough into a ball. Press the dough onto an ungreased 12″ pizza pan. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes, until the crust begins to turn a light golden brown. Allow the pizza pan to cool on a wire rack.

Filling:

8 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Combine ingredients until smooth. Spread the filling onto the cooled shortbread crust, leaving a rim exposed, just like a pizza. Add the strawberry ‘jam’ mixture on top, and spread evenly. Slice fresh strawberries on top.

This tastes like essence of summer. Enjoy!

It doesn’t keep until the next day anyway…

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4 Responses to “Strawberry Pizza”

  1. [...] a mixed green salad with crumbled Gorgonzola and cherry tomatoes, and the family’s favorite Strawberry Pizza for dessert. The guests were very appreciative. At an average age of 20, they had brought [...]

  2. [...] East Coasters new to California, so we had much in common. They came to dinner in our first little ‘Mouse House” in Palo Alto. I haven’t seen them in twenty years, but I know what all their children look [...]

  3. [...] a baked good to share. A friend, wife of My Husband’s close work colleague, was wild about the Strawberry Pizza, and asked me if she could have ‘my’ recipe. I said of course. I asked if she would [...]

  4. sarah says:

    Too, too good!

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