Fruit Pizza

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When you need a beautiful and delicious summer party dessert, make this amazing Fruit Pizza, topped with light creamy pudding and fresh fruit.

I’ve got the yummiest treat in the world for you today! This is called Fruit Pizza. I grew up eating this stuff and even for birthday’s I would request it–that’s how much I love fruit pizza. All you need is time to throw this together. It does take about two hours, but that includes refrigeration and cooling times. But no part of this could be considered hard. All simple ingredients and easy steps.

Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza Ingredients

Start out by gathering up these ingredients to make the crust, and the pudding topping. We’ll get into the fruit options later 🙂

  • All-Purpose Flour and Salt – this is used to fill out the crust and to add some balancing flavor.
  • Cream Cheese and Cold Butter – tangy and buttery, the crust is like a cream cheese pastry.
  • Egg – to help the crust brown in the oven.
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding – one of the main ingredients when making the pudding topping. Vanilla flavor for simplicity and to enhance all the fruit flavors.
  • Cold Milk – mix this with the pudding mix!
  • Almond Extract – this is to flavor the pudding a little more. YUM! If you don’t like almond extract, replace it with more vanilla.
  • Whipping Cream – to make the topping even better, homemade whipped cream is folded into it. Light and creamy.

Want even more dessert recipes? I got you covered: *AMAZING* Peach CobblerThe Best Crepe Recipe, Key Lime Pie Recipe, and Apple Coffee Cake Recipe.

Mixing Crust Dough

Crust Variations

The crust is a cream cheese-based pastry which I adore for this fruit pizza recipe. BUT another wonderful and sweeter option is to make a sugar cookie crust.

Simply replace the crust for a full recipe of my Sugar Cookies! Spread and bake, then top with pudding mixture and fruit!

For an even thicker crust, see my Sugar Cookie Bars.

Fruit Pizza Crust

How to Make the Crust

Feel free to use a round pan instead of a baking sheet like I did to get more of a pizza look. Here’s how to make the fruit pizza crust:

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. For the pastry, grab some flour, salt, butter, and cream cheese. Add all those ingredients into the bowl of food processor and pulse until it comes together. This takes maybe 15 pulses altogether. Not long! The dough is done when you grab a handful and it all sticks together.
  3. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to an hour and then roll out to fit into a half sheet pan. If it doesn’t roll evenly, cut the overhanging pieces off and press into the spots that need it. Prick with a fork and brush with egg.
  4. Bake until lightly golden brown. The crust may shrink and may look a little sketchy. Totally normal. If you want it to look prettier, you can blind bake it using my directions in the recipe card. Cool crust completely.

Pudding Topping

How to Make Fruit Pizza

Make sure to prepare and bake the crust before you move onto the topping. For full details check out the recipe card below!

  1. The filling is milk, instant vanilla pudding, almond extract, and whipped cream all folded together. Don’t underestimate this stuff… it’s so so good! (You could also use my Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe).
  2. When its all evenly mixed, spread it over the cooled pastry.
  3. Then you add a little fruit and voila! Your fruit pizza is ready for consumption.
Fruit Pizza

Fruit Options

If you wanted to make this for your upcoming Fourth of July festivities and decorate this like a flag, that would be quite patriotic of you. I had more than red and blue fruit to use so I opted for a random-yet-colorful fruit pizza. Here are some of the fruits I used and some that I didn’t but would recommend.

  • bananas
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • blackberries
  • kiwis
  • peaches
  • mangoes
  • grapes
  • pineapple
  • mandarin oranges
  • mint for garnishing

Imagine making a berry fruit pizza, or a tropical version! The possibilities are endless with this recipe.

Fruit Pizza

How to Store Fruit Pizza

I personally think this fruit pizza recipe is even better after an hour or two in the fridge. It gives the fruit, topping and crust flavors to meld a little more and everything is cold. So refreshing on a hot summer day!

Store fruit pizza in the fridge, covered for up to two days. After that, things get a little too weepy and soggy.

Make-Ahead

To make this recipe ahead of time, make the crust and topping. Store separately in the fridge for up to 4 days. Then when you are ready to serve, wash, and cut your fruit. Assemble and enjoy!

Close Up of Fruit Pizza Recipe

More Fresh Dessert Recipes to Make!

Consider making this delicious fruit pizza recipe this week!

The printable recipe card is below. 🙂

3.67 from 3 votes

Fruit Pizza Recipe

When you need a beautiful and delicious summer party dessert, make this amazing Fruit Pizza, topped with light creamy pudding and fresh fruit.
servings 16 servings
Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 egg beaten

For the topping:

  • 3.9 oz instant vanilla pudding 1 box
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Fresh fruit ideas:

  • berries
  • peaches
  • kiwis
  • bananas
  • etc.

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a food processor, measure out flour and salt. Cube up the cream cheese and butter and add it to the mix. Pulse until larger crumbs start to form, maybe 10-15 pulses. If you grab some dough and it holds together after you squeeze it, it's ready. Pile the dough together to form a large disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to fit into a light-colored half sheet pan {18x13x1}. It's ok to cut off overhang and patch in the spots where more dough is needed. Prick the entire thing with a form and brush with a beaten egg. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. It will shrink slightly. If you'd like to avoid this, forgo the egg and top your rolled out dough with parchment paper. Add dried beans or lentils on top to weigh down the dough. Bake.
  • Let crust cool completely.
  • For the filling, beat milk, pudding mix, and almond extract together until smooth and thickened. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold cream into the pudding mixture, then spread evenly over crust. Top with fruit and serve. 
  • I think this tastes the best after being refrigerated an extra 1-2 hours. Totally not necessary, just more of an FYI 🙂

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fruit pizza, fruit pizza recipe, how to make fruit pizza
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32 Responses
  1. Nancy Turner

    I love your Fruit Flan recipe. Would you recommend a glaze that could be used on the fruit to increase the refrigerator life and preserve the freshness a few hours more?

    1. Carol

      Melt some apricot jelly (or your favorite) and toss the fruit in it to give them some sheen, and protection. They last a little longer.

  2. Yvonne

    Thank you. This sweet dessert look really good. Perfect timing as I happened to have all ingredients in the pantry and fridge. Look like sweet dessert for the weekend. ????

  3. Joyce

    While I think this is a lovely presentation, cutting it with the fruit on it wasn’t pretty. So in the future I would cut it in pieces first then decorate every piece separately. I also felt there should be a little sweetener in the crust, perhaps some sugar.

    1. Lauren

      I would say use the almond extract because I think it tastes amazing!! If you’re really against it though, just double up on the vanilla extract 🙂

  4. kayla

    I’ve been wanting to make this for a while, but right now with produce in season seems like the best time! Can’t wait to make it for a game night at church. 😉

  5. spockey

    I’m wondering if you could explain why this is called flan. Is it just what your family called it so you kept the name even though it isn’t actually flan in any way, shape or form?

    1. Lauren

      I’m from Canada…the land where traditional Mexican “flan” (fl-aw-n) isn’t common…at least it wasn’t common in the early 90’s when I grew up. This is fruit flan (fl-aaaa-n), a recipe from my Mother’s recipe box. So, I don’t really have an answer for you other than this is what we call it and we are not Mexican. :/

    2. Leslie

      flan
      /flan,flän/

      noun
      1.
      a baked dish consisting of an open-topped pastry case with a savory or sweet filling.
      “an egg and bacon flan”

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  7. Dana Guenther

    2 stars
    I made this recently for a baby shower and the crust was so bland and had the oddest texture with the cream cheese in it, that I had to scrap it and make a different kind of crust. It does really shrink away from the sides of the pan, as the recipe states. I thought this crust might be less sugar cookie like than most and not as sweet, and it definitely wasn’t sweet, fore sure. I followed the recipe closely, too.

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  9. Sharon Proctor

    I made this for a family dinner and had to scrap the base. It was bland and tasted horrible. Needed sugar or something in it.

  10. Laiba

    4 stars
    I made these the other day and it came out pretty good! Definitely didn’t completely rely on this recipe though 😬. This is quite an unconventional way of making crust but it does end up giving it a richer taste. However the crust made from this recipe is quite bland, I added about a 1/2 cup sugar and it made it a lot better. Also I suggest to only refrigerate the dough in a disc shape if you plan on making the tart in a circular shape. Once taken out of the fridge it is very hard to maneuver it into a rectangular shape. The filling itself can be acquired by simply mixing one box of vanilla pudding with a half a box of cool whip, makes it a lot easier!! The way I made it tasted a lot better and my family loved it, good luck!!

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