Discover an Ontario purveyor's culinary creation that puts a unique twist on a classic dish and takes advantage of strawberry season.
Sharon Judd and her family grow nine varieties of strawberries — among other things — at Meadow Lynne Farms in Simcoe, Ontario. But they also eat them. This recipe is a favorite at picnics and barbecues. “What’s great,” says Judd, “is once strawberry season is over you can just start using the next fruit in season. Peaches and blueberries are especially good.”
Strawberry “Pizza” Recipe
• 1 1/4 cup flour
• 1/3 cup brown sugar
• 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
• 2/3 cup butter (softened)
• 12 ounces cream cheese (softened)
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 4 cups fresh strawberries,
(halved or quartered)
• Optional toppings: whipped cream, chocolate sauce, nuts or caramel
Crust: Hand mix or beat flour, brown sugar, powdered sugar and butter until it forms a ball. Press onto a greased, foil-lined 12-inch pizza pan (a cookie tray also will work). Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes and cool.
Topping: Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together. Spread over cooled crust. Arrange strawberries in a pattern of your choice. Finish with your choice of garnishes, such as whipped cream, chocolate sauce, nuts or caramel.
Check out Meadow Lynne Farms’ Strawberry Open House on June 24 for free strawberries and ice cream, face painting, strawberry lemonade and wagon rides.