Strawberry and Coconut Pizza

Dessert | July 22, 2015 | By

I want to live in a world where the need for pizza belittles that of war
– Jason Barnett  

strawberryandcoconutpizza

You only have to say ‘pizza!’ and everyone’s eyes light up. Whether savoury or sweet, it’s always going to be a crowd pleaser for all age groups. So I’m excited to blog my rather rustic looking strawberry and coconut dessert pizza. It might not look like something you’d get in a restaurant, but it sure tastes as good, at least in my humble opinion! 

Strawberry and Coconut Pizza

Like most pizzas, you can go wild with the toppings. My favourite for a summer dessert is strawberries, with a cream cheese frosting and flaked coconut. Unfortunately, I haven’t been down to my favourite health food store in recent weeks to buy any flaked coconut. Instead, I’ve been using these chunky coconut pieces from Tesco and they’ve worked pretty damn good! The sponge has lemon in it, rather than my usual vanilla and I LOVE the difference. I get a bit obsessed with lemon in the summer time! Lemon tea, lemonade, lemon cake! Mmm….you get the point! 

 Just some notes….I’ve used whole milk but any milk should be fine, or even cream! Be careful not to over mix the frosting or it will turn out too runny. 
Strawberry and Coconut Pizza
Yields 1
Fresh strawberries, coconut chunks and a cream cheese frosting with a light lemon sponge base, a lovely Summer fruit pizza for kids and adults alike.   
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For the sponge
  1. 60g caster sugar
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. zest of 1 lemon
  4. 60g plain flour
For the topping
  1. 200g fresh strawberries, chopped
  2. 100g coconut pieces, chopped
  3. 200g full fat cream cheese, softened
  4. 60g unsalted butter, softened
  5. 300g icing sugar
  6. 1 - 2 tbsp whole milk
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven 200c (180c fan), line a 12 inch springform tin with baking paper and grease the sides with butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the sugar, eggs and zest of lemon and using an electric mixer, whisk together for 8 - 10 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. With a metal spoon, gently fold in the flour until combined. Pour the mixture into your lined tin, making sure it's evenly spread out. Bake for 10 minutes or until light and springy.
  4. While the sponge is baking, chop your strawberries and coconut pieces and set in the fridge to keep chilled.
  5. Once the sponge is ready, leave it to cool whilst you prepare the frosting.
  6. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and unsalted butter until smooth. Add the icing sugar in 3 parts (100g at a time) and with a wooden spoon gently mix until it's all combined. Add 1 tbsp of whole milk, the vanilla extract, small pinch of salt and mix until all incorporated (add another tbsp of whole milk if needed to thin out).
  7. Spread the frosting over your cooled sponge and add your toppings!
  8. Leave in the fridge to chill until serving time.
Notes
  1. Should keep up to 3 days in the fridge. Freeze any leftover frosting.
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BONUS RECIPE: Check out this fabulous Plum and Walnut Pizza by Tin and Thyme.

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    Eats
    August 6, 2015

    This looks amazing! Love coconut and strawberries, but very rarely have them together…

    Eats x

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    Germaine Waters
    July 24, 2015

    3 of my favourites words in 1!! Strawberries, Coconut and Pizza! LOVE this idea, I will be popping this on my Twitter & Pinning it all over the place shortly! From Germaine @Suntemplefood.com

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    Anne
    July 23, 2015

    I have never, ever had a fruit pizza but suddenly it seems like a great idea! It looks so pretty and fresh, ideal for summer!

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    Leisel @ Skill Up Skillet
    July 23, 2015

    Finally, someone who GETS IT. I love fruit pizza and a combination like this just can’t be beat.

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    Camilla @FabFood4All
    July 22, 2015

    Yummy Sarah, cool idea and love the strawberry/coconut combo:-)

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      Sarah
      July 26, 2015

      hehe yes, it was hard not to eat the whole packet of strawbs!

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    Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    July 22, 2015

    Fruit pizza is such a great idea! I am definitely going to have to try that soon, and strawberry and coconut is such a good combo.

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