Thursday, July 17, 2008

Shower Fun

I gave this quilt to a friend at her baby shower tonight, so it can finally be revealed! This is the first time I have made a quilt with these soft colors, and I really like it! She is having a girl, and this fabric just seemed right for her and her new little baby girl that will be arriving in the next month! I had fun with the free motion quilting, adding some curves to all those straight lines.

K helped me with the dessert that we were asked to bring to the shower. She had so much fun arranging the fruit on the fruit pizza, she wanted me to take a picture of it and post it here. So here it is too:

It went fast! So that always makes you feel good. Here's the recipe if anyone's interested...

Fruit Pizza
Makes 2 pizzas (24 servings)

Sugar Cookie Crust:
1 C butter or margarine, softened
1 C sifted powdered sugar
1/3 C granulated sugar
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp almond extract
2 ½ C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar

Orange Sauce:
½ C granulated sugar
¼ tsp finely shredded orange peel
¼ tsp finely shredded lemon peel
1 C orange juice
2 Tbsp lemon juice
4 tsp cornstarch

2- 8 oz packages cream cheese softened
1 C sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Fresh fruits of choice (7 cups total): sliced peaches, nectarines, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, grapes, apples, mandarin oranges, and/or raspberries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease two 12 inch pizza pans.

To prepare the crust: In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter or margarine, powdered sugar and granulated sugar until light. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract, beating well. Combine the dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture, blending thoroughly. Divide the dough in half. With lightly floured hands, pat the dough into the prepared pans. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden; cool.

To prepare the orange sauce: Combine the sugar, orange and lemon peel, orange and lemon juice and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture is thick. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Cover and cool the sauce without stirring.

To prepare the filling: In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled crusts. Decorate with fruit. Glaze the fruit with the cooled sauce. Chill the pizzas until ready to serve. Enjoy!


dianna said...

Yummy. Fruit pizza is so good.

Cute quilt. Wish I could have seen it in person.

diane said...

The quilt is gorgeous! I love the soft colors and the swirly quilting. It is a work of art. Your fruit pizza disappeared before I could try some. It looked good.

Rebecca said...

such a darling quilt. i'm interested to learn how you inset the squares in the middle? it is like a log cabin technique, only i can't see the seams along each side of the square?

ferntyler said...

that is so cute and I LOVE fruit pizza...

Tiff said...

WOW that quilt turned out gorgeous! The colors go great together! The fruit pizza is apparently a request for this weekend. LOL my daughter saw the recipe and asked if she could make it for our family get together on sunday!