Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, there is no shortage of holidays that require red, white and blue food. Instead of the traditional flag cake, how about this American Flag Fruit Pizza?
The idea of this appeals to all ages; kids love the cookie crust and gooey filling. Adults also love that gooey filling because it is actually Kyle’s Cheesecake Mousse; a little more sophisticated than your average fruit pizza!
The crust for this is my grandmother’s Cookie Dough Pie Crust recipe. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a giant brick house with a big kitchen (it wasn’t actually that big, but to ten year old me, it looked huge!) and she was always so patient teaching me to bake and decorate cookies. I love that she passed down some of her favorites.
Don’t be scared away! It looks like a lot of instruction, but most of it can be done ahead of time. Make the crust 2 days ahead of time, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temperature. You can also make the Cheesecake Mousse 1 to 2 days in advance and refrigerate in a sealed container. Then, the day of the event, just put it all together!
Start by baking the crust in a parchment paper lined pan, this will enable you to easily move it to your serving tray.Once it’s safely on the serving tray, add a layer of the Cheesecake Mousse.After the fruit is added, brush with a mixture of jelly and water.Pipe the white stripes and stars and there you have it; this American Flag Fruit Pizza is a treat that will charm the youngest to the wisest!
Continue to mix until thickened and stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat or it will become overly thick and clumpy; but it needs to be stiff to pipe well.
Using the excess parchment lift the "Pizza" crust out of the pan. Carefully slide the cookie off the parchment onto a platter or cake board. I cracked my last crust, but put it back together like a puzzle and it was fine!
Arrange the blueberries in a rectangle in the top left corner of the long side of the crust. The blueberry rectangle should be about 5-1/2" x 4-1/2 ".
Using a knife, mark 12 lines in the mousse to make 13 spaces for the stripes.
Use the raspberries to make the red stripes on the flag (I cut my raspberries in half and laid them down because they were so large, but you can leave them whole if you like.) If using strawberries, cut them into fourths and lay them horizontally across the cream to make the red stripes. (If you want to be authentic, there are 7 red stripes and 6 white.)
After the blueberries and raspberries are in place, heat the jelly and the water, over low heat, until jelly is melted.
Now it is time to pipe the white stripes. You can pipe them straight or embellish a little, your call.
Then you can pipe little "stars" between the blueberries if you like.
And there you have it, a patriotic and yummy take on a fruit pizza!