Friday, May 28, 2010

Strawberry Pizza

I love strawberries! So of course this recipe looked like a good one to try and it was. I really liked the strawberry sauce.
John's Rating: 8 Recipe from: Kara's Kitchen Creations

Crust:
6 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Roll out or pat into a 12-13" circle on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or till lightly browned. Cool completely.
Filling:
4 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
8oz cream cheese (I used light)
1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Combine berries and 1 cup sugar and let sit at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours or until sugar is totally dissolved and turned to juice. Drain all of the juice from the berries into a medium saucepan. Slowly whisk the cornstarch into the liquid. Whisk till smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for at least 2 minutes, or until thickened. Cool and fold in the sliced berries.
Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla till smooth. Spread over the crust. Top with the berry mixture.
Tips:-Make sure you let the berries sit until you have at least 1/2 cup of juice, more is better. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a little water or orange juice.-You can add lemon zest to the crust and cream cheese filling for a nice fresh citrus flavor if you like.

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