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This pizza recipe brings back memories from my days living in Vancouver.  I made it quite a few times since it was easy and I like easy. Fresh seasonal fruit, with a tasty cream cheese icing on a shortbread base makes for a perfect summer dessert.

Little hands can easily help with this recipe.

 

Fruit Pizza

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 cup butter, softened

Icing
12 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Glaze
1/3 cup Apricot Jam
1 tbsp water

Fresh fruit

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix first 5 ingredients together in a bowl until it comes together and you can form a ball. Press onto bottom of pizza pan. If you lay parchment down first it will allow you to remove pizza easily to a cake platter.

Bake for approx 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.

Tip: On a hot summer day you can cook the crust on your BBQ instead of turning your oven on.

To make icing beat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Spread evenly over pizza crust.

Arrange your fruit on top.

Mix together apricot jam & water. If you wish you can run it through a sieve to remove chunks of apricot. I left the apricot pieces in this time.

Pour glaze over fruit and serve.

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Last year I hosted one of many mom/daughter playdates. The mom brought carrot cupcakes. Without a doubt these were the best carrot cupcakes I had ever tasted. So I asked for and received the recipe.  Finally 8 months later I am making these delectable cupcakes (but with some changes)!

I do not do well with veggie oils or any oils in general in muffins and baking. I can taste it and sometimes it just doesn’t agree with me.  I started using only canola oil and do what I can to cut back the oil content in recipes.

One surprise in this recipe is the carrot baby food. I’ve never bought carrot baby food and so this was a first. I can’t say exactly what it is that makes this cupcake taste so darn good, but if it’s the baby food then I’m sold. These cupcakes are not too sweet and melt in your mouth.

This recipe was hand written out for me so I do not know the original source for credit.

Best Ever Carrot Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Icing

3 cups all purpose flour
2 3/4 cups white sugar
1 tbsp baking soda
3 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup canola oil
1 container snack size motts plain apple sauce (111gr)
2 tsp vanilla
1-2 cups grated carrot
2 jars (4.5oz each) carrot puree baby food
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Icing
3 1/2 cups icing sugar
12 oz cream cheese, room temperature (1 block is 8oz, so you need 1 and a half blocks)
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Get your muffin tins ready by spraying with pam or inserting liners.

In a bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. In separate bowl whisk your eggs, oil, apple sauce and vanilla. Add wet to dry ingredients beating well for about 1 minute. Add in your grated carrots, carrot puree and coconut mixing until just combined. If you find the batter dry add another dollop of apple sauce or tbsp of oil.

Pour batter into prepared muffin tins (only fill about 3/4 full) and bake in oven until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Take pans out of oven and let cupcakes cool in pans 5-10 minutes before transferring to wire rack. Let cool completely.

Mini muffins took about 15 minutes.
Regular size muffins took approximately 23 minutes.

Make the Icing
In a bowl sift icing sugar. In a larger bowl beat together your cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt until smooth. Add your icing sugar in 1 cup increments beating well after each addition until all the icing sugar is used.

You are now ready to ice your cupcakes.  We made both normal & mini cupcakes for a total of 21 normal size cupcakes and 24 mini cupcakes.  My mini chefs had a great time icing them! You can also make this recipe into a cake using 2 x 8 or 9 inch cake pans and baking 45-50 minutes.

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