Monday, July 20, 2009

Fruit Pizza

That Family Fun was such a good issue! I made this on Sunday and it was E-A-S-Y. And it was good....And.....(brace yourself), my kids liked it!


Crust:(see below for my pizza dough recipe)

1 pound purchased pizza dough, or your favorite homemade recipe
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar


1 (8-ounce) package low-fat cream cheese at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:Assorted fruit (we used blueberries, banana slices, mandarin orange sections, seedless grapes, kiwi fruit slices, and strawberry halves)

1. Heat the oven to 400°.
2. Spread the dough in an ungreased 12-inch pizza pan. Brush on the butter and sprinkle on the 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake the crust until it's golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool the crust on a wire rack.
3. In a medium-size bowl, combine the frosting ingredients with a rubber spatula. Stir until smooth.
4. Spread the frosting over the cooled crust. Gently press in the fruit. Serves 12.

Nutritional InformationPer serving (1 of 12 slices, with fruits shown in photograph):Calories 173Total Fat 5 g (8% DV)Saturated Fat 3 g (13% DV)Cholesterol 13 mg (4% DV)Sodium 270 mg (11% DV)Total Carbohydrate 27 g (9% DV)Fiber 0.9 g (3% DV)Sugars 11 gProtein 4 g (8% DV)Vitamin C (24% DV)Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

This was my pizza crust recipe

3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons yeast
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all the wet ingredients together, then the dry ones into the wet. Let it rise about an hour, give it a good punch, and let it rise some more.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Oatmeal Berry Bars

I got this from Family Fun Magazine...and a BUNCH of cheap blueberries at I had to try it. They are SOOOOO good! I also liked that they weren't horrible for you either!

Oatmeal Berry Bars


Crust and Topping:
1 cup flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
2 1/2 cups quick-cook oats
2 tablespoons apple or orange juice

1/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tablespoons flour
Pinch of salt
3 1/2 cups (18 ounces) fresh blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1. Heat the oven to 375°. Grease a 9- by 13-inch pan.
2. Add the flour, light brown sugar, and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse once or twice to combine, then add the butter and pulse five or six more times until coarse crumbs form. Add the oats and pulse two or three more times. I don't have a food processer, so I used my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer....worked great...just had to mix it longer.
3. Remove 1 1/2 cups of the mixture and set it aside. Add the juice to the remaining mixture and pulse three or four times until it's just moistened. Press this mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of the pan using your fingers or the bottom of a measuring cup.
4. For the filling, whisk together the sugar, flour, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Add the fruit and lemon juice and gently toss the mixture using a rubber spatula until the fruit is coated. Distribute the filling over the crust.

5. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the filling. Bake the dish until the top is golden, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let the pan cool on a wire rack for about 2 hours, then cut the sheet into 16 bars. Store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Nutritional InformationPer serving (1 bar):Calories 199Total Fat 7 g (10% DV) Saturated Fat 4 g (21% DV) Cholesterol 15 mg (5% DV) Sodium 92 mg (4% DV) Total Carbohydrate 33 g (11% DV) Fiber 3 g (12% DV) Sugars 16 gProtein 3 g (6% DV)Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.