The Best Surprising Pizza of Summer

Our favorite pizza for warm weather isn’t a classic Margherita. Instead, we’re getting creative with fruit, because pizza for dessert is pretty much the greatest idea we’ve heard in a long time. Here’s how to do it:

Make Your Dough

Start with your base. You can either go with a basic sugar cookie dough, a plain pizza dough, or puff pastry.

Roll your dough into a round disc as large as you’d like your pizza (or make miniature ones!) and transfer it to a parchment-lined baking sheet. You can also press your dough into the base of a pie plate or cake pan.

Bake the crust as instructed by the recipe, or until golden brown. Remove it and let it cool.

Now for the good part! Choose your flavor combinations and base. We like using ricotta, Greek yogurt, or mascarpone to offset the sweetness of the fruit. But if you want to get really wild with dessert, you could spread a layer of cream cheese frosting before topping with your fruit.

Here are some excellent combinations to get you started:

1. Blueberries, Mascarpone, and Honey

One Kings Lane

This stunning summer dessert highlights berries on a classic pizza dough crust. A touch of brown sugar and honey sweetens up a thin layer of mascarpone and turns fruit into a decadent, creative end to the meal. Get the recipe here.

2. Strawberries, Nutella, and Ricotta

Apron and Sneakers

Pizza and Nutella in one dish? Sign us up. This recipe pairs fresh strawberries with ricotta, Nutella, and mint over a basic pizza crust base. Get the recipe here.

3. Rainbow Fruit Pizza

Self Proclaimed Foodie

Puff pastry is a brilliant shortcut to fruit pizza. Bake the pastry, top it with a thin layer of mascarpone, and finish it off with color-coordinated rows of fruit in rainbow shades. Get the recipe here.

4. Deep Dish Fruit Pizza

The Pioneer Woman

What’s better than regular pizza? Deep dish, that’s what. This recipe takes the fruit pizza idea up a notch with a deep dish sugar cookie crust. Bring this to your next barbecue and prepare for sudden popularity. Get the recipe here.

Posie Harwood is a New York City-based writer and photographer. She grew up on a farm and likes raw milk, warm bread with butter, and plenty of fresh air. Follow her on Instagram, and her blog 600 Acres.

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