Whether you’re partial to Hawaiian style ham and pineapple, Italian sausage and pepperoni, or barbecue chicken, pizza is a universal food that everyone enjoys.
This week, as I indulged in my fave Mushroom, Artichoke and Truffle Oil Pizza at Primo’s, my mom excitedly told me about Aunt D’s Strawberry Pizza. Now, I am always one to encourage creativity and thinking outside of the box, but strawberry on a pizza? That’s a travesty, both to pizza and to strawberries, surely?!
However, my husband was quick to join his mom in praise of Aunt D’s Strawberry Pizza, claiming it as one of his favourite desserts. Intrigued, I contacted Aunt as soon as I got home to see if she’d be willing to share her recipe with me, and with the click of mouse, she magically transported me to a pizza-dessert heaven I never even knew existed.
With a buttery biscuit base, sweet cream cheese layer and fruity strawberry topping this is a prize-winning creation to top all desserts. Putting my creative hat on – it does happen on occasion! – I wondered if I could combine Aunt D’s renowned recipe with my hubby’s favourite Hawaiian pineapple topping and my current craving for anything coconut. And this, my friends, is how Aunt D’s Pineapple Pizza was born!
You can use any variety of fruit combinations for the topping. Aunt D’s original Strawberry Pizza recipe uses a quart of sliced fresh strawberries with a container of strawberry glaze. You could also substitute the coconut flakes with some grated chocolate or chopped nuts.
To get started, you’ll first need to pre-heat the oven to 325°F.
To prepare the grilled pineapple (or you can simply use fresh pineapple if you prefer) whisk the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over both sides of the pineapple and grill on a medium-high heat until heated through, approximately 3-5 minutes per side. Place the grilled pineapple in the fridge to cool.
To make Aunt D’s Pineapple Dessert Pizza Recipe I used the following equipment:
- Tovolo® Set of 3 Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids
- Tovolo® Mini Whisk
- Tovolo® Silicone Spatula
- Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan
- Pizza PanFollowers in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, or Spain can now buy our favourite kitchen tools and gadgets at the Arugula & Rocket Cookshop on Amazon. Readers in the USA can purchase directly from the Tovolo website.
Pineapple Dessert Pizza Recipe
1 Stick Butter
½ Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Plain/All Purpose Flour
Cream Cheese Layer:
8 oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)
½ Cup Powdered Sugar
½ Jar Pineapple Jam (I used Awani Jam)
Fresh Pineapple Slices
¼ Cup Brown Sugar (optional)
½ Tsp Ground Cinnamon (optional)
¼ Cup Dried Coconut Flakes