Easy delicious summery gluten free strawberry pizza. Very refreshing and full of subtle flavors. Strawberries on a sugar cookie crust with a layer of light lemon scented creamy frosting with apricot glaze. This gluten free fruit pizza will be a show stopper on any dining table.
My Version Of Gluten Free Fruit Pizza:
In this version of Strawberry dessert pizza you will find,
- The crust is a gluten free dessert pizza crust. This is like a soft sugar cookie crust and is similar to a shortbread crust.
- Frosting is light and in fact is not heavy as regular cream cheese frosting ( butter is excluded.)
- Touch of apricot preserve in the glaze and in the frosting adds subtle note of freshness also adds a pleasant contrast to the pizza.
A friend of mine, Eszter who is a self made professional chef introduced me to fruit pizza concept. I was like, what!? I had no idea that this was a thing! And as I heard more and more about it, it made so much sense!. Strawberries on a soft crust with creamy frosting? There is no reason, not to love it!
I associate summer with fruit desserts easily. Almost 25 years ago now, I spent couple of Summers in Germany. My mom used to leave for work after giving me couple of baskets of ripe, vibrant strawberries. I used to dip them in sugar and eat them like ‘I was left starving for days’. Those days are still very bright in my memories wrapped in the scent of ripe strawberries. Ever since, anything strawberry and strawberry related stops my heart. The smell of ripe strawberries when you walk into a market makes me do things I don’t want to! Like buying way too many strawberries!. Developing recipes with strawberries are very easy as well. Not only they are delicious they are amazing subject for any food photography!. Ever since I have seen this blog post, I knew strawberry desserts are so perfect for food photography.
Creating Core Recipes For Delish Buzz
As Delish Buzz is a brand new site, I am trying to have some recipes that are tweaked to work for my needs. Recipes that can serve as foundation for the recipes to come in the future on this site. Hence, this is a gluten free recipe. I prefer my desserts gluten free, if possible. However good gluten free recipes are hard to come by. No doubt, there are millions of recipes out there. However, I had hard time finding a gluten free sugar cookie recipe that can hold fruit pizza layers. After making a trillion of test batches of cookies I finally found a combination of ingredients that worked good for my version of strawberry pizza.
Since there are plenty of strawberries on this fruit, I am just going to consider this as healthy dish! What do you all think? Please let me know what you think of this recipe strawberry pizza 🙂
Please refer to the tips in the recipe section before you try this recipe.
If you would like to try another wonderful dessert recipe from us, please try this!
Strawberry Pizza Recipe With Dark Chocolate,Pistachio and Apricot Glaze.
This is an easy gluten free dessert pizza recipe. I am also including regular gluten version for anyone who prefers regular sugar cookie crust.
For the gluten free crust
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 4 Tbs Butter (Room temperature softened butter).
- 1 Cup Gluten free flour (Recipe added below.)
- 1.5 Tbs Egg (An egg is usually three tablespoons. Crack an egg and whisk it before you measure it) See notes.
- 1/2 Tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla essence or lemon zest.
- 1/4 Tsp Sea salt
For the gluten free flour
- 1/2 Cup Coconut flour
- 4 Tbsp Corn starch
- 1/2 Cup Rice flour
- 2 Tbsp Ground ( in a blender ) sunflower seeds or pecans or almonds.
For the strawberry pizza
- 3 Tbsp Pistachio
- 1/2 Pint Strawberry
- 3 oz Dark chocolate chopped.
For the frosting
- 8 Oz Cream cheese
- 4 Tbs Condensed milk
- 2 Tbs Apricot preserves or jam
- Zest of half a lemon.
For the apricot glaze
- 1/4 Cup Apricot preseve
- 2 Tbs Water
For the gluten free crust
Preheat the oven at 350F. Cream butter and sugar together about three minutes making sure the butter aerated well. P.S. Don't leave you butter out too long. You will need butter that's semi soft (not too mushy but soft, slightly firm but easy to aerate with a hand mixer) to work here. So after in Summer days, your butter will be ready in 2 hours.
Add egg and beat till it is well combined. Then blend in vanilla essence or lemon zest.
Add the dry ingredients (use only one cup of the above gluten free flour recipe) baking powder and salt in one addition. Beat the mixture till you see no dry ingredients in the mix.
Resulting dough is slightly sticky but will be very manageable in your hands. Oil your hands with olive oil or coconut oil. This dough is pliable enough for you to spread it with your fingertips. Line a pizza pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Oil it with coconut oil or butter and oil your hands. (See notes.)
Spread this dough thick. Like 1/4th of an inch. Since this is a gluten free crust, you will need the thickness to the hold the pizza with the fruits on it. This will be a small fruit pizza and will serve six people.
Bake the dough in the preheated oven for 13 minutes. Watching the dough from 10 minutes and onward to make sure it is not browning too much. You want an evenly brown pizza base.
For making the frosting.
Cream together cream cheese, condensed milk, apricot preserves and lemon zest. Beat this mix till the frosting is fluffy and creamy, about two three minutes.
Putting together the strawberry pizza.
Let the gluten free crust cool first for an hour. Spread the frosting generously on the crust leaving the edge of the crust without any frosting, which will help holding the pizza slices in your hands.
Slice strawberries into thin slices. Arrange strawberries in any patterns you like. We chose a circular pattern stacking strawberry slices. And make sure to leave room for pistachios and dark chocolate in between the strawberry arrays (See notes). Glaze the strawberry pizza using the apricot glaze. Use generous amount of glaze since this add so much flavor to this pizza.
Slice and hold it in your hands. Enjoy the vibrant colors. Take a bite enjoying the lightly lemon scented creamy frosting on this wonderful crust. Strawberries will give you the touch of summer. Pistachios will provide crunch and the dark chocolate will add a rich flavor contrast. Well, While I did all this, my wife and my kid made sure to disappear the rest of the pizza 🙂 Enjoy folks!
- The gluten free crust is very soft soon after it is baked. Allow it to rest and cool for an hour before topping the pizza.
- I found that coconut oil is much better for oiling the pizza pan. It made it easier to release the crust from the aluminum foil.
- It is easier to glaze the strawberries first and then to sprinkle on the pistachios and chopped dark chocolate.
- Measuring an egg might be a new concept to some. But to measure, crack it open, whisk it then pour it on to the measuring spoon. Like me, don't try it scoop it up in the spoon!. That was a miserable fail!.