When I think of 4th of July desserts, the first thing that comes to mind is the ubiquitous 4th of July Poke Cake. It was a staple of my childhood. Thanksgiving and Christmas brought great food, but the striped poke cake was one of my favorite seasonal desserts. Now the years have come and gone, and though I still love poke cake, and I have a slightly more grown-up, less processed 4th of July dessert: Berry and Goat Cheese Dessert Pizza. I absolutely love the combination of tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. And the colorful strawberries and blueberries (which you could easily sub out of blackberries if you’re so inclined). And even if you normally toss your pizza crusts, try to make sure you don’t when you eat this. The brown sugar crust will make a crust-eating believer of you yet.
- • ½ cup goat cheese
- • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- • 3 tablespoons honey
- • 8 oz strawberries, sliced
- • 4 oz blueberries
- • your favorite pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
- • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 425º.
- In a small bowl, stir together the goat cheese, Greek yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of honey until combined. Set aside. Spread the goat cheese mix over the dough, leaving a 2-inch border for the crust. Evenly sprinkle the berries over the goat cheese. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the crust, pressing down lightly to secure.
- Transfer the pizza to the oven (I baked mine on a pizza stone) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until crust appears done. Remove from oven and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of honey. Let cool for several minutes, then slice and serve.
Adapted from Adventures in Cooking