Monday, September 8, 2008

My Dirty Little Secret!

We all have them. You know that dish that you whip together really fast using every single shortcut you can think of...well I did it the other day and EVERYONE LOVED IT!!!!

Believe it or not last week I had 2 funerals to attend. The first one was for my neighbor so I went to the viewing and showed my support but the other one was one of my very close friends husband. Neither of these were unexpected and they had both been in Hospice Care but it doesn't make their passing any easier.

Anyway on with my friend was having an open house after the service and I told her I would bring a dish so that she had one less thing to worry about.

I stood and stared at my pantry for some inspiration. I stood there for a long, long time. I went to the fridge. Same thing. I couldn't even decide if I should do a sweet or a savory dish. I finally went through an old box I had of baking things and that's when it came to me. Fruit pizza!

Years ago at a school auction I had one a basket with a baking theme. You know the baskets that are chock full of everything you need to "bake". Cookie mixes, cake mixes, frosting, pancake mixes etc. Well I've used some of the stuff but lucky for me I had never had the need to use a bag of sugar cookie mix that was in there. I also had a very old tub of cream cheese frosting. I was so lazy on this I didn't even mix the frosting with whipped cream I just spread it on like it was from the tub and topped that bad boy with kiwi, strawberries and blueberries!

Normally I wouldn't even post something like this but it was such a hit. I had all sorts of people wanting to know how to make it, what was in it. Did I lie and tell them it was all from scratch or did I fess up? I'll never tell but this was that one dish at a pot luck that everyone raves over. This was it!!!

Fruit Pizza-Betty Crocker

1pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2cup butter or margarine, melted
1cup whipping cream
1/2cup Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting (from 1-lb container)
3 1/2cups assorted fresh fruit
Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray 14-inch pizza pan or 15x10-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2.In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, melted butter and egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.
3.In chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Gently stir frosting into whipped cream. Spread over cookie pizza. Arrange fruit on top.

Because everyone liked it so much I am going to submit this to Susan at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy for her Blogiversary Bash! Happy first year Susan!!!

As Always...

Happy Entertaining!!!



Dharm said...

Judy! My kids would absolutely love you for this!! Pizza - Good! Sweet Pizza - Better! Covered in Fruits - Super!!

Núria said...

Mmmmmm! No wonder why it was a hit... it looks like a hit :D. Absolutely delicius!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I make something similar to this as well we both have secrets:D I will see you at the party bash!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thistlemoon said...

It looks beautiful Judy! I can see why it was such a hit.

I am so sorry for all the losses. You are in my thoughts, sweetie!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Oh Dharm-Who wouldn't like those combinations!!!

Thanks Nuria it was delicious!

Hey Val-I know we all have them!

Thanks Jenn!

John and Lisa Howard-Fusco said...

What a clever idea. We'll have to try that one. - John

Brittany said...

I am so sorry for the recent losses of your friends- this looks like an awfully yummy way to ease the pain. And a great way to take advantage os the delicious summer fruit while you still can!

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your neighbor and friend's husband.
The fruit pizza looks wonderful.
I can't wait to try the recipe.
Have a great day.

MrOrph said...

Sorry to hear about the loss. Personally, I hate attending funerals. But, a wise man once said, "if you don't go to other people's funerals, they won't come to your's."

I love that pizza. My wife has made a Paula Deen rendition and it was decadent.

Anonymous said...

so sorry about the two losses :(
and ur pizza is such a better alternative to the real stuff i had for dinner last night! tho i was redeemed b/c it was all vegge'd out!
may be trying this one here!

amuse me said...

Sorry to hear of your losses. Hope this week goes a little better.
The pizza looks awesome -- will definitely be trying that one.
Also, check out my posting today. You are part of the "I Love Your Blog" where you can spotlight your favorite blogs.

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Hi John and Lisa-It's so simple!

Hi Brittany-Thanks and food like this always makes you feel better!

Hi Pam- Thanks. You too!

Hi MrOrph-Does anyone like funerals? The parties after are sometimes fun though! Yep I was too lazy to even do the Paula Deen version!

Hi Bren-Thanks-It was way better than real pizza but you couldn't get away with it for dinner!

Hi Meryl-Thanks-and thanks so much for the award! What a nice idea!

Laura Paterson said...

I can totally see why this would go down well, looks scrummy!

I'm sorry to hear about you and your friend's loss...

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

My friends and I used to make this in college because it was so easy - and so absolutely yummy. Glad to see it make an appearance again. Looks great!