Patriotic Dessert Pizza

Here's a pie-in-the-sky-idea — pizzas you decorate like a high-flyin' flag! The treat can be topped in two ways: With stripes for the U.S. and with a maple leaf for Canada. Both designs consist of tangy fruit and smooth cream cheese over a tender crust. Since each version is simple to make, you can quickly raise either one for a summer picnic or patriotic party.

Yield

12 servings

Crust Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
1/2 cup cold butter

American Flag Ingredients

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cups halved fresh strawberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
star pastry tip #21

Canadian Flag Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
3 cups halved fresh strawberries
round pastry tip #5

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 12-inch pizza pan with Pan Release or baking spray with flour.

Pizza Crust: In a bowl, combine the flour and confectioners' sugar. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly. Press the mixture onto prepared pizza pan.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned. Let cool.

American flag: In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, mixing until smooth. Spread 1 cup cream cheese mixture over the crust. Set the remaining cream cheese mixture aside.

Referring to the image for position, arrange five rows of strawberries on top of the pizza to create the red strips of flag. Place the blueberries in the upper left corner.

Cut a hole in the corner of the plastic or pastry bag and insert the star tip. Fill the bag with the reserved cream cheese mixture. For the white stripes, pipe a zigzag pattern between the rows of strawberries.

Canadian flag: In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, mixing until smooth. Spread 3/4 cup cream cheese mixture over the crust. Set the remaining mixture aside.

Arrange strawberries in the shape of a maple leaf on top of the pizza. Cut a hole in the corner of the plastic or pastry bag and insert the round tip. Fill the bag with the reserved cream cheese mixture. Pipe veins on the maple leaf.

Additional Information

Interested in making a different flag that celebrates your heritage? If you'll need fruit in other colors, try kiwi for green, pineapple for gold, etc. Or, use M&M candies instead.

Finished size: Each pizza measures about 12 inches across.

Nutritional Information

1 serving (1 each) equals 377 calories, 21 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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