Delicious Cherry Cheese Pizza

Cassie *

By
@1lovetocook1x

This Cherry dessert is another crowd pleaser. It melts in your mouth. So delicious and easy to make.


You could use just about any fruit topping you wanted. I have used thickened pineapple, and fresh strawberries in glaze also.


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Enjoy!

Recipe from my Taste of Home Feb/March, 1999 issue.


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Serves:

10 - 12 slices

Prep:

25 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Ingredients

CRUST

1 c
all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp
baking powder
1/4 c
cold butter
2 Tbsp
shortening
3 - 4 Tbsp
water

FILLING

1 pkg
(8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c
sugar
2
eggs
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1/3 c
chopped pecans

TOPPING

2 1/2 c
fresh or frozen pitted tart cherries or 1 can (15 ounces) tart cherries
1/3 c
sugar
2 Tbsp
cornstarch
1 Tbsp
butter
1/8 tsp
almond extract -( i use vanilla )
1/8 tsp
red food coloring
whipped cream and fresh mint, optional

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder; cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.

I do this in my food processor...works great.
2
Roll out into a 14-in. circle. Place on an ungreased 12-in. pizza pan. Flute edges to form a rim; prick bottom of crust. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
3
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in nuts. Spread over crust. Bake 10 minutes longer. Cool.
4
Drain cherries, reserving 1/3 cup juice. Set cherries and juice aside.

In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in reserved juice until smooth. Add cherries. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
5
Remove from the heat; stir in butter, extract and food coloring.
6
Cool to room temperature; spread over cream cheese layer. Top with whipped cream and mint if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts