We’re a pizza loving family and that goes for dessert pizzas too! This is a definitely not your traditional pizza, but it’s has a frozen crust which is perfect for the hot summer we have here in Las Vegas, plus it’s full of colorful fruits and includes my husband’s favorite ingredient: COCONUT!
I needed to buy all the ingredients for this recipe (except for the sugar), so we did our shopping this time at Vons.
The recipe I’m using comes directly from Dole. The star of this recipe is Dole Tropical Fruit, which was on sale at Von’s for Buy One. Get One Free. Look at me gripping those cans with one hand! I’ve clearly got skills (skillz?). For all of my shopping photos, check out my slideshow here (and I’d love for you to follow me on Google+ while your at it).
Once back home, I collected all of my ingredients and got started on the recipe. The original recipe from Dole calls for cream cheese with pineapple already added, but I wasn’t able to find that at Vons. Instead, I bought regular cream cheese and will add some crushed pineapple to it.
One of the first steps is creaming together the cream cheese and the sugar until it’s nice and fluffy. And by fluffy, I mean IT’S SO FLUFFY!! LOL…the word fluffy now always reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Despicable Me. Once the sugar and the cream cheese are all merry together, you will carefully fold in the whipped topping, coconut, and crushed pineapple.
Then, the mixture is turned out onto a wax covered baking sheet. I used a round pizza pan, but you could use pretty much anything that will allow you to make an 8″ circle and can handle being placed in the freezer.
The mixture is spread out on the wax paper into a circle. I think I made mine larger than 8-inches, but if I did this again, I would stick with just the 8″ so that the “crust” will be thicker. Just go with what feels right, but you don’t want it too thin. Then, pop it into the freezer. I froze mine overnight, but you only really need to freeze until firm (about 4 hours).
While your crust is freezing, slice up your strawberries and kiwi fruit. Seriously, you don’t need this much strawberries, but I sliced up the whole 1 lb package. I have kids who will gladly eat whatever I don’t use.
When the crust is frozen, you are ready to make a pretty Tropical Coconut Pizza! You can arrange things however you like, but I laid a layer of strawberry slices around near the edge and then a layer of kiwi slices. I finished it off by placing the drained Dole Tropical Fruit in the middle.
Now, a word of caution: either I’m the slowest fruit-layer-person in the world or this frozen crust defrosts quickly, but after you add your fruit, pop it back into the freezer for a bit before cutting. This is meant to be served right after adding the fruit, so don’t add your fruit until you are ready.
(See that straight edge over on the right?? my husband’s fault.)
Cut into wedges, just like regular pizza, and serve. Oh, and you’re not going to be able to eat this with your fingers (well…you could, but I don’t recommend it), so be kind to your guests and serve on plates with forks.
Tropical Coconut Pizza
- 8 oz . cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup whipped topping thawed
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 1 oz can DOLE Tropical Fruit 15.25, well drained
- 1/4 cup DOLE Crushed Pineapple well drained
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 kiwi fruit sliced
Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
Beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Carefully fold in whipped topping, coconut, and crushed pineapple.
Spread cream cheese mixture into an 8-inch circle on top of the wax paper lined baking sheet. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm.
Remove crust carefully from the wax paper and place on serving plate. Arrange strawberries, kiwi, and tropical fruit on crust. If needed, return to freezer for a few minutes to firm up crust again. Remove from freezer, cut into wedges and serve immediately on plates.
NOTE: If you placed your pizza back into the freezer after adding the fruit and left it in too long, allow to sit on counter just a few minutes and it will thaw enough for easy cutting.
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