Every year I make a special treat for my Mom in honor of Mother’s Day. This makes me a good daughter. Now here’s the awkward part. I eat it; she doesn’t. Sadly, I am not able to celebrate with my Mom on Mother’s Day, but I will make her this lovely, delectable dessert the next time I see her. After all, I am mostly a good daughter!
Originally I planned to make something different for my Mom. In fact, I decided months ago what I would make for her. However, my plans changed after my trip home last month when she mentioned the fruit dessert pizzas that our favorite pizza buffet serves, which got me thinking. And my belly rumbling.
Beyond being yummy, cherry pie dessert pizza reminds me of my childhood. My Mom played cards monthly with a group of ladies and every summer in June (I think) they went out for pizza. I got to tag along and we eventually discovered a place that not only had good pizza but an amazing dessert pizza.
A Slice for My Mama, if You Please
While it’s been too many years since I enjoyed a slice of their scrumptious dessert pizza, I decided to play around and see if I could replicate it. The bad part? My memory isn’t quite so good. 😀 So I had to make some educated guesses but I still found this to be quite tasty.
I’m pretty sure my Mom will feel the same way! Now she likes her dessert pizza with a scoop of ice cream but since I’m still eating rather … errrrr … indulgently … I decided to forgo the ice cream, although I will most definitely have some for my Mom when I make it for her.
Cherry Pie Dessert Pizza
Makes 8-12 slices
- Pizza Dough (homemade or Pillsbury Pizza Crust in a can)
- 1 can cherry pie filling (20 ounces)
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons softened butter
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 Tablespoons water (or milk)
- Vanilla ice cream, if desired
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread pizza dough on greased pizza pan.
- In a bowl, mix together cherry pie filling and almond extract. Spread pie filling over pizza dough.
- In another small bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt and softened butter until little pebbles form. Sprinkle crumb topping over pie filling.
- Bake for 25-35 minutes or until pizza dough and crumb topping is golden brown and done. Remove from oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla and water (start with 1 tablespoon and add more liquid if too thick or more powdered sugar if too thin).
- When pizza has cooled but is still warm, drizzle glaze over top. Don’t do this when it’s piping hot or the glaze will melt into the pizza. It will still taste delicious but won’t look as pretty.
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.
Not a fan of cherries? No problem. Apple pie filling works great too. So does blueberry or even peach.
Bake the pizza on the middle rack so the bottom doesn’t get done before the crumbly topping browns.
Happy Mother’s Day
I want to wish my Mom and all mothers out there (including fur baby Mamas) a fabulous Mother’s Day. Thank you for everything you do. Good moms make the world a better place and my Mom is one of the best. I also strongly encourage you to make this delicious and easy cherry pie dessert pizza for your Mama. She will love you even more after she devours a piece or two!
Happy Mother’s Day!