Strawberry season is in full swing here in Oregon – despite the lack of sunshine the first part of the month it looks like we’ll have a great crop. Our little strawberry patch out in the garden is going crazy! Now if we can just keep the mean old black crow away!!
Tessa and I made 3 batches of strawberry jam today and still have lots of strawberries to pick! My kids are spoiled and will only eat homemade jam with their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so we really have to stock up each summer.
One of our “first strawberries of the season” recipes is Strawberry Pizza, a sure sign that strawberry season is here. It is from my favorite cookbook – Portland Junior League Portland Palate.
I never have trouble finding the recipe because it is the dirtiest page in the cookbook – a true sign of a great recipe!
The pizza is made with a sugar cookie type crust, a layer of cream cheese and then strawberries and glaze on top – kind of sounds like the Strawberry Pie from last week – just in a different form! Guess I have a thing for strawberries and cream cheese.
The crust ends up being a bit fragile so it can be a bit messy to eat. I just use my pizza cutter to slice it up. Enjoy!
1 cup flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup fresh strawberries, mashed
4 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
8 – 10 strawberries sliced.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar and butter. Form into a ball with hands and press into a 14 inch ungreased pizza pan (I used my Pampered Chef pizza stone)
Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool.
In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, vanilla, sugar and lemon juice. Spread on cooled crust.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine strawberries, sugar and cornstarch. Simmer until thick and glossy. Cool. Spread on top of cream cheese filling.
Cut fresh strawberries crosswise to make rounds that resemble pepperoni, place on pizza and serve (I actually sliced mine the other way – oops!)