May 27, 2018

brownie fruit pizza + homemade cream cheese frosting

It's Memorial Day - the unofficial kick off to summer! We're laking and pooling and gathering on porches and patios from coast to coast! And this Brownie Fruit Pizza is a dreamy bite of sweet for your get together! The brownie is sweet and cakey, the homemade frosting will knock your socks off, and the fruit serves as the perfect tart bite! And y'all, it's just so pretty. Sure to become a favorite! Here's to grassy little bodies playing in the sprinkler, grilled hot dogs on paper plates, pink shoulders, and freckled noses! Happy summer to you and your people!

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with cream cheese frosting

1 family-sized brownie mix
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs + 1 egg white
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Several drops of red food coloring or gel
3-4 tablespoons milk 
Fresh raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries
Mint for garnish

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 15" aluminum pizza pan with baking spray. Set aside.

In a bowl, mix together the brownie mix, oil, water, vanilla, and eggs. Pour batter onto prepared pan and spread evenly around the pan, leaving a 1-inch border. Bake for 20 minutes; remove and allow to cool entirely.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and cream cheese for a minute until smooth. Add in half of the powdered sugar, the vanilla, and the almond. Mix on low until combined. Add in the remaining powdered sugar and a tablespoon of milk at a time until the frosting is smooth and spreadable. Stir in the food coloring to get a pretty pink shade!

Spread the cooled brownie with the frosting, leaving a 1-inch border. Cover the top with berries and mint leaves. Refrigerate before serving. Slice into narrow wedges or cut the circle into smaller squares and serve. 

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