Get this tested recipe for gluten free fruit pizza: a sugar cookie crust topped with whipped cream cheese frosting, decorated with fresh fruit.
Imagine it’s spring…
You know those days when it almost feels like spring? When nearly all of the snow from a long, long winter has melted and your kids could even play basketball outside for a while. Shrieks and screams that can drive me to near-madness when the children are inside are downright adorable when they’re outside.
Good strawberries, the kind that are actually red inside and not a million dollars a pound, are even showing up in the grocery store. Hooray! Time to celebrate with an impressive-looking-but-super-easy gluten free fruit pizza.
Tips for making a beautiful fruit pizza that slices cleanly
The cookie crust of this fruit pizza does bake quickly, but be careful not to underbake it. If the “pizza” crust is under-baked, it will be flimsy and may crack as you handle it. For the cleanest slice, chill the filled and decorated pizza before serving and serve it chilled.
To avoid even a slightly fallen strawberry or crushed blueberry completely, focus on each slice individually. Simply bake and fill the crust, then decorate each slice with fruit after slicing the whole pizza with the bare filling alone.
Finally, don’t go overboard on the fruit decorations. If you crowd the filling with too much fruit, slicing becomes much more difficult and the effect is ruined. Plus, you’ll want to decorate with slicing in mind, leaving room for your pizza wheel to do its work.
Ingredients and substitutions
Dairy: It is certainly possible to make the cookie “pizza” crust in this recipe without dairy by replacing the butter. My favorite nondairy butter replacement is Melt or Miyoko’s Kitchen brand vegan butter.
The filling contains quite a bit of dairy that is harder to replace: cream cheese and heavy whipping cream. You may be able to replace the heavy whipping cream with coconut cream, but I haven’t tried a dairy-free alternative cream cheese that tastes authentic to me.
I’d be more inclined to try one of the newer dairy-free frozen alternative whipped toppings like So Delicious brand and others make as a filling. It will need to be kept very cold, though, for serving.
Egg: Since there’s only one egg in the crust recipe, one “chia egg” (1 tablespoon ground white chia seeds + 1 tablespoon lukewarm water, mixed and allowed to gel) should work well in its place.
Corn: If you’re avoiding corn, just make sure that your confectioners’ sugar is corn-free. Cornstarch is often added to help prevent clumping.