As soon as I finished lovingly painting the berries with the mixture of melted Robertson's Silver Shred marmalade mixed with a couple of splashes of Amaretto is when it all started.
♪♫ ♪♫ Do, do, doo, doo........I recognized the tune right away.....
♪♫ ♪♫ Do, do, do, do, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, dooo....... Those first few unmistakable notes, that make you want to sing along every time.
My dessert was doing a number from West Side Story!! I know you know the one!
♪♫ ♪♫ I feel pretty, oh so pretty! ♪♫ ♪♫
Well look at it. You can hardly blame it! If a simple, easy peasy dessert, should ever sing, 'I'm so pretty!" This is the one.
And not only pretty, scrumptious too. That crispy, crumbly, buttery shortbread crust. That lightly sweetened, velvety soft, whipped cream cheese filling. Those plump, eat-me-now, glistening, fresh picked berries. Put'em all together and you've got crispy, soft, densely fruity, sweet explosions with every munch.
I'm making your summer dinner menu dessert planning a snap, right here, right now. You can thank me later. Don't forget to have fun with fruit combinations too - pineapple, grapes, kiwi......play with your fruit! All combinations look and taste wonderful on this pizza.
And I can pretty much guarantee after you charm your family and friends with this yummy dessert, you'll be singing your own praises......♪♫ ♪♫ I feel charming, oh so charming........♪♫ ♪♫
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Here we go.....................
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract, good quality vanilla or a wee splash of Amaretto or rum
A mixture of fresh strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, washed and gently patted dry
1/3 cup Robertson's Silver Shred marmalade or apple jelly
Splash of Amaretto
Preheat oven to 350F. In medium bowl, mix flour, butter and icing sugar until well combined. Mixture will be crumbly. Press evenly onto round pizza pan. Bake 8 - 10 minutes until beautifully golden brown. Set aside to cool.
In small bowl of electric mixer beat together cream cheese, sugar and extract or liqueur until velvety smooth and fluffy. Spread evenly over cooled crust. Arrange berries in a pretty pattern on top of cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate.
In a small pot, melt marmalade and Amaretto over medium low heat, stirring until completely melted. Let cool a bit. With pastry brush gently glisten all the berries with the marmalade mixture. Refrigerate pizza at least one hour and up to 6 hours.
Cut into wedges and serve with a song and a smile.
(ps. Thanks for this one Jenn!)