Entertaining with Courage and Fruit Pizza Dessert Recipe

Here’s a beautiful Fruit Pizza Dessert recipe that you prepare in ahead of time, and it serves a crowd!

Fruit Pizza | reluctantentertainer.com

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway”. — John Wayne

I’ve always loved this quote. And when I think of entertaining, I still have a feeling of “fear” that comes over me when I see our guests pull up to our house.

Entertaining with courage

The cars arrive.

One-by-one they get out of their cars.

I see them walking to the front door.

My heart races – just a tiny bit.

What did I forget?
Clean towels in the bathroom?
Windexed the front of the fridge?
Water poured and salt/pepper on the table?
Prep work done?
My heart is ready to embrace and love?

I still get nervous

Even after 22 years of entertaining I still get nervous – at first.

But then it goes away, as I greet the guests at the front door. A warmness fills the room, putting all imperfections and awkwardness aside.

We hug and greet and takes purses and coats to the back room.

We invite everyone in and offer them a drink.

The best is yet to come. A night of relaxation, good food, a feeling of love.

Just being together.

We saddle up and take the ride together.

Do you feel calm when you entertain? Or do you still get the initial feeling of fear that comes over you?

Fruit Pizza Dessert

Here’s a beautiful recipe that my Dad’s beautiful wife Ginny makes that you prepare in advance, and it serves a crowd! It’s perfect for spring and summertime entertaining, and the presentation is fantastic! Serve with Storyville Coffee and your guests will LOVE you!

Fruit Pizza | reluctantentertainer.com
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Fruit Pizza

A springy dessert to make ahead and serve for a large gathering, from my Dad’s beautiful wife, Ginny.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 12


  • ¾ cup butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 10 oz package white chips
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • Variety of fruits sliced
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch


  • For the crust: Mix the first (3) ingredients well and press onto a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Bake at 300° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.
  • For the filling (next 3 ingredients): Melt the chips in the cream. Stir in the cream cheese and blend until smooth. Pour on the cooled crust.
  • Arrange a variety of sliced fruit, e.g. strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, kiwi, star fruit etc. on the cream cheese layer.
  • For the glaze: Combine the last (4) ingredients. Blend and cook until thickened. Cool slightly and pour over all. Chill.
  • Dessert should be served within 24 hours or the crust gets soft.

More dessert recipes:

Strawberry Cream Shortbread Dessert {RE}

Lemon Cherry Chocolate Cups {RE}

Strawberry Cream Puffs {Foodie Crush}

Fruit Pizza Dessert

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14 comments on “Entertaining with Courage and Fruit Pizza Dessert Recipe”

  1. Love the clarity of your thoughts.

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  5. You are so inspiring! I still feel the same way about entertaining, but it is one of my absolute favorite things to do. And once friends walk in the door, I remember why. :)

    This fruit pizza sounds like a definite crowd-pleaser!

  6. Words of wisdom by John Wayne. How cool is that! Love this fruity pizza!

  7. I’m with Paula – wine helps lol! I love this fruit pizza, what a great idea to serve or bring for dessert for spring & summer get togethers!

  8. My son considered this quote for his senior year book, such a good one! I am always second guessing and always forget something, but in the end it’s just fun to spend time with my family and friends! Love this fruit pizza, so yummy.

  9. Love that quote Sandy. We entertain all the time and I always have a glass of wine before everyone shows up to calm the nerves. :)

  10. I am the exact same way. A glass of wine always helps me ;)

  11. I’m the same way…nerves at first. Love the fruit pizza. Wonderful post Sandy!

  12. I’m pretty calm, unless I mis judged the timing of things, then I might get a little frazzled. Love fruit pizza. I’ve made this often in the past as well. For appetizers I like to make a “veggie” pizza!

  13. Sandy, am I correct to assume that you heat the cream so it is warm enough to melt the white chips? This sounds so good and I will be making a big meal for a friend’s moving day soon. I think it would be good to make.



  14. John Wayne has so many good quotes!! Love this post, because yes, I have little bouts of panic when I need to saddle up and ride some courage! :)

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