Are you looking for a frugal summer dessert with a freezer component? I’ve got one for you. You can make this easy no-rise pizza crust recipe and top it with fresh cream cheese frosting and seasonal fruit. Strawberries and blueberries are seasonal in NC which makes this dessert low-cost and delicious.
I begin with the easy no rise pizza crust. Click here for the recipe. I make mine with a combination of white whole wheat flour by King Arthur and unbleached flour. This makes a healthy version for your entire family. Alternately, you could use a Pillsbury dough crust from the dairy case. But this recipe is really easy without any rising; be sure to try it some time.
I pat the dough on a greased pizza stone or pizza pan. I like my dough to be have the hand tossed effect so that’s why I use my floured fingers to gently pat the circle round.
Bake until golden about 12-15 minutes. I pricked mine before it went into the oven:)
This is where you can bake ahead and freeze this crust if you are making it for a large crowd. I made two and baked mine the day before. I covered mine with foil until I was ready to make the frosting and toppings. You can bake ahead and freeze the crust in oven bags for turkeys. I’ve found this is the only size bag that fits an entire crust (unless you make it the size to fit a gallon freezer bag). Thaw the day you want to top the pizza.
By the way, this crust can be topped with ANYTHING. Think breakfast, lunch or dinner toppings.
I top mine with homemade cream cheese frosting (recipe below) and fresh sliced strawberries, blueberries and bananas. I used canned mandarin oranges. Choose seasonal fruits for a frugal pizza. Kiwi is pretty, too but not frugal right now. Different colored apples and a caramel base works great in the fall.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1- 8ounce low-fat cream cheese at room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 stick butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.
I made two of these for a church snack. I used a clean, recycled circular deli tray to carry them. You can ask your deli for recycled trays or purchase new pizza boxes for carry out or ministry.
What is your favorite kind of dessert pizza?