04 June 2008

Ah, it's that time of year...


The rigamaroo comes to an end and summer begins. I have a couple fun ideas to help you start it out with a bang. The first is this gift basket I put together for my daughter's teachers. The card tucked into the pocket of the red gingham apron says "Thanks for helping Adriana's 3rd grade year to really "cook"!" And it has all sorts of baking goodies inside: a cherry printed potholder set, a spatula, and of course, the apron. All found in the dollar aisle at Target, my friends!


I also have this great recipe to share with you. I attended a baby shower last weekend and was asked to bring a fruit pizza. Let me tell you, this is the best recipe I have tasted, and it belongs to my sister-in-law.

Crust ingredients:
1 c softened butter
1 c powdered sugar
1/3 c sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 c flour
2 1/2 t baking soda
2 1/2 t cream of tartar
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 t almond extract

Filling ingredients:
16 oz. softened cream cheese (I bought whipped)
1 c powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
fresh fruit (recommended are peaches, strawberries, kiwi, bananas, mandarin oranges, grapes)

Orange sauce:
1/2 c sugar
1 c orange juice
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 t grated orange peel
1/4 t grated lemon peel
4 t corn starch

Preheat oven to 325. Starting with the crust ingredients: cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, almond extract and beat well. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Blend thoroughly. Divide mixture in half. Flour hands and press into lightly greased pizza pans or shallow pie dishes. Bake 12-15 minutes. While that is baking, slice your fruit as desired. On to the sauce: combine ingredients except for peels into a small sauce pan. Heat over medium until thick. Add peels and then let cool. Prepare the filling: whip cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Spread over cooled crusts. Top crusts with fruit, covering well. Pour cooled sauce over the fruit. Enjoy!

Now, I will be on vacation for the next 2 or 3 weeks, whichever strikes my fancy. Lol. So blogging will be minimal (if at all). However, I will be reading and judging entries into Scribbit's Write-away Contest this month. Head on over there and check out this month's topic. I'd love to read what you've got!

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Cocoa said...

Love the teacher gift. I'll have to try the fruit pizza. I really enjoy eating desserts like that.

smart mama said...

so cute!

Morning Glory said...

Really cute gift idea!!

Enjoy your break. I'll look forward to when you return.

Scribbit said...

Have a nice break.

Chel said...

yum yum... and did I say YUM??

Yvonne said...

That teacher gift is so cute and so clever.

I love fruit pizza--I've never made it with the sauce over the top. Sounds delicious.

Lee said...

That is just adorable! Great job being awesome.

utmommy said...

Cute gift idea!!!

I love fruit pizza, so yummy!

Sweetpea said...

Both look amazing!!

Shellie said...

That sounds so very yummy, thanks!

An Ordinary Mom said...

What a darling and clever gift idea?

And I am coming over to eat some of that fruit pizza ... yum!

swimmingmom said...

That is the cutest basket! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing that fruit pizza recipe.

Gabriela said...

Cute teacher gift! And the fruit pizza looks delicious. Have a great break.

jd said...

Totally stealing that idea for thing 1's kindergarten teacher next year!

Amber said...

I made a fruit pizza last summer with white chocolate cream cheese frosting. It was TASTY!

charrette said...

I clearly don't spend enough time in Target's dollar aisle...or on vacation! Great ideas here.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

That is the same recipe I use and it is one of my all time favorite summer desserts.

Love the teacher gift idea.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

P.S. I just posted my entry so don't read my blog for awhile (you know, to keep the entries anonymous and all)


tjhirst said...

Oh, I just took a blogging break and it felt nice, but while I was away, I swore off butter. But this fruit pizza looks good enough to bring it back, just for a dessert night. Thanks for all your effort to read all our entries.

perilloparodies said...

that is a great gift. lovin' the colors and symbolism of summer.

One Fish said...

everyone survive?