Strawberry Pizza- WHAT?!!

This week in Green Media, we were given the chance to make something that we have never made before, using a fruit or veggie from the farmer’s market. I made the mistake of going to the Divisadero Farmer’s Market () on a Sunday at around 1 pm. The variety was pretty limited, with mostly just common fruits and vegetables to cook with, the most unusual being bok-coy, which is veggie that I frequently use in stir-fries. Boring! This is why I decided to go with strawberries, which I have obviously bought before, but never “cooked with” (unless you want to count a fruit salad as cooking).

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This is the strawberry stand I visited at the Divisadero Farmer’s Market owned by Gilbert Urube and his wife. Their farm, Berrylicious, is located in Gilroy. Here’s a small description of the farm and which farmer’s markets they sell their berries at each day of the week: http://www.pcfma.com/producers_detail.php?producer_id=139. He only sells his berries at farmer’s markets and at the actual farm. Gilbert takes pride in his strawberries, as he should! Although they are small, they make up for size with their deep red color and incredible sweet flavor. Speaking of “sweet”…

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Here comes the recipe! Let me please introduce you to my roommate and baked goods-connoisseur, Kaelie Sweet.  Believe it or not, her last name is actually Sweet and she happens to work at Kara’s Cupcakes http://karascupcakes.com/, which has been voted the best cupcake in San Francisco more than once in SF’s Weekly’s “Best Of” issue. Props to Kara! (and Kaelie)! So when my roommate told me that her mom had been baking almost every night ever since two of her three children had moved out of the family’s house and onto college, I was not surprised one bit.

The picture above is Kaelie calling Mrs. Sweet to get the recipe for her own fantastic recipe-Strawberry Pizza!

The recipe starts with the crust, which is basically a huge sugar cookie. How good does that sound? To make the sugar cookie pizza crust, we use the recipe found here and tweaked it a little for the pie: . http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-sugar-cookies/

It’s super easy.

You will need:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS for Crust: (Recipe taken from the above link and then tweaked to be made into a pizza pie)

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Flatten into the a pizza pan and spray lightly with Pam.
    3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand two minutes before removing to
    4. cool on wire racks.

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Now it’s time to make the cream cheese frosting. It is super simple.

You will need:

4 oz cream cheese and

1/2 of a cup of powdered sugar

Directions:

Simply beat the cream cheese (we use whipped cream cheese) and powdered sugar until the texture becomes similar to frosting.

Once your crust has been taken out of the oven, and cooled, add the frosting. Let the frosting chill, you can put the pizza pie in the refrigerator at this step. Now it’s time to add sliced strawberries. We added abut 12 small slices strawberries to our pizza. With the left over strawberries, we made the compote. The compote (pronounced com-pote, not com-potee, as I learned), is heated and then dripped on to the pie right before serving it.

For the Compote, You will need:

1. 1 cup crushed strawberries (we crushed them by cutting them, smushing them with spoons, and then using our hands to crush them further) Tip: Make sure you get the juices in there!

2. 1/2 cup of sugar

3. 1.8 cup corn starch

Put all the ingredients in a sauce pan, bring to a boil, cook, and stir for two minutes until it thickens. Let it cool but only barely so it doesn’t melt the cream cheese, and then spread over the pizza slices.

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The final product…Yum! Special thanks to the Sweet Girls, and Mr. Uribe for growing and providing some of the most esculent strawberries I’ve ever eaten. Enjoy your strawberry pizza.

Until next time!

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