Berries and Goat Cheese Mini Pizzas

by Marla on May 18, 2011 · 68 comments

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I am so excited to share these fruity goat cheese pizzas with you. I took all the elements I love about a cheese platter and baked them into a pizza. Instead of having the cheese, berries, nuts and crackers on a plate individually, the addition of heat & dough adds lots of fun and flavor. You can use whole wheat dough or bake up a gluten free crust, the choice is yours.

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I was recently sent a shipment of amazing cheese from Cypress Grove Chevre. I can understand why they have won so many awards for fine cheese making. The flavors are rich, well pronounced and deeply satisfying. There is something to be said for artisan ingredients. The folks that make this cheese in small batches can be considered Food Heroes that’s for sure.

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A little goes a long way when you use high quality whole food ingredients. Full fat equals full flavor and you don’t need to eat as much to feel satisfied. I used Humboldt Fog goat cheese for these pizzas. See that skinny grey line in the cheese? That is edible vegetable ash. Cool huh!

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Perhaps one of the reasons why Humboldt Fog is one of my all time favorite cheeses is because it looks like a layer cake. LOVE layer cake. Love berries too. Use whatever fresh berries you have on hand. I also topped these with bright green pistachios. Walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts would be delish too.

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I have not yet posted a homemade pizza dough recipe. When I do you will be the first to know. In the mean time I have some awesome looking dough recipes at the bottom of this post by blogger pals that you can check out for a do-it-yourself crust.

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This could be labeled as a dessert, breakfast, dinner or snack pizza. Perhaps a bit of each. It is the perfect combo of sweet meets savory and everything in between. I was inspired to make a sweet-savory pizza from one of my favorite new cookbooks Leila Lindholm’s One More Slice. The book is gorgeous and I highly recommend you pick one up if you love beautiful photos and amazing homemade baked goods.
For me this pizza might even become the new power bar…..

Berries and Goat Cheese Mini Pizzas

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 Mini Pizzas

Serving Size: 1 Pizza

Berries and Goat Cheese Mini Pizzas

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Whole Wheat or Gluten Free Pizza Dough (homemade or we like Trader Joe's)
  • 6 ounces crumbled Goat Cheese
  • 6 teaspoons all Fruit Jam or Honey
  • Mixed Berries: Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped Nuts (I used Pistachios on these)
  • Optional Toppings
  • Honey, Sucanat, Stevia Powder or Powdered Sugar
  • Dried Fruit
  • Berry Sauce as a dip or drizzled topping
  • seasonings such as ground Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom or dried Lavender

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Prepare a baking sheet with a Silpat liner. Create equal sized balls of pizza dough and press into 1/4 inch thick flat discs, place on baking sheet. Spread 1 teaspoon of fruit jam on each pizza. Top each pizza with one ounce of goat cheese, some fruit and nuts. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the dough is cooked through.
  • Notes
  • Creamy chevre goat cheese is awesome in these but you can use brie, mild cheddar, mozzarella, cream cheese, etc.
  • Top with any chopped nuts, pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts would be great too.
  • Have some honey, sucanat, stevia powder or fruit jam hand for people that might want to go a bit sweeter.
  • You can you can go bigger or smaller in pizza size. Little pizza "bites" would be fun too.
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/05/18/berries-and-goat-cheese-mini-pizza-recipe/

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Family Fresh Cooking disclosure: I was sent samples of Cypress Hill Chevre to try. I only write about things I love and I highly recommend this cheese to you my readers & friends.

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1 Nisrine M. May 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Beautiful pizzas. Perfect for breakfast, bruch or snack. Dessert, even!!

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2 Cookin' Canuck May 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm

These are so pretty, Marla. And as for Humboldt Fog…it is easily one of my favorite cheeses.

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3 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

“I took all the elements I love about a cheese platter and baked them into a pizza.”

Love It.
Once upon a time I used to drink wine and eat cheese/fruit platters for dinner like it was my job. Then I had a child and I don’t do that so much anymore. haha! I think your pizzas would help me feel like old times :)

“I have not yet posted a homemade pizza dough recipe. When I do you will be the first to know”-
Classic. Lol. Love that you linked recipes to others, including some GF options.

Awesome post and photography!

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4 Marla May 18, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Averie, love that you take the time to really read my posts :) I feel your absence & I hope your trip is going fabulously! Kinda neat that you used to live on wine & fruit n’ cheese platters. Oh those were the days… xo

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5 Rosa May 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Those mini pizzas are so pretty and look really good! A fabulous combo. so original.

Cheers,

Rosa

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6 Katrina May 19, 2011 at 12:16 am

These look too good to be true! Yum!

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7 Sweet Artichoke May 19, 2011 at 1:26 am

I totally like your idea of a fruity pizza: it is innovative, tasty and very, very pretty looking!
Thanks for passing by on my blog, now I am glad to have discovered your beautiful blog :-)

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8 Jessica @ How Sweet May 19, 2011 at 3:37 am

This is totally my kind of pizza! Love goat cheese.

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9 Joanne May 19, 2011 at 4:05 am

these are absolutely gorgeous! I’m fairly certain I could live off of cheese platters if I didn’t know the damage it would do to my cholesterol, but you’re definitely right that when it’s quality stuff, a little goes a LONG way! Although…I’m pretty sure I could polish off a few of these pizzas. They’re just so good.

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10 Estela @ Weekly Bite May 19, 2011 at 4:13 am

These pizzas look delicious! I love how easy they are to make too :)

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11 Maris (In Good Taste) May 19, 2011 at 4:27 am

I absolutely love these and your photos are fantastic!

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12 Faith May 19, 2011 at 4:50 am

That goat cheese looks like some great stuff, Marla! Love these sweet/savory little pizzas…and you’re right, they’d be perfect any time of day! :)

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13 Marla May 19, 2011 at 6:27 am

Faith, my hubs had these pizzas for dinner & I had one this morning with a side of egg whites and my favorite homemade applesauce “dip.” Yay for any time of day foods. They also store really well in the fridge & reheat perfectly with a few minutes in the toaster oven.

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14 Melissa B. May 19, 2011 at 5:23 am

Ooooh, I love it! I don’t do dairy, so goat cheese is my absolute favorite. My fiance and I have been addicted to pizza on the grill lately, so this will be our next experiment. Thanks, Marla!

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15 Erin @ The Grass Skirt May 19, 2011 at 5:33 am

These looks absolutely delicious! I love berries and pizza…and putting them together is genius!

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16 Jeanette May 19, 2011 at 5:44 am

Marla, so creative! Love how you combined the idea of a fruit and cheese platter onto a hand held pizza! Gorgeous photos as usual! Hope you are well.

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17 Amanda May 19, 2011 at 6:09 am

You make good food look good. That sounds silly, but it means a lot to fatty’s like me who crave Reese’s. You need to start a fat camp and be the head chef. :)

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18 Marla May 19, 2011 at 6:37 am

Amanda, that is my new tagline these days “Making healthy food beautiful.” Love it! A camp? Dang would we all have fun, but I would need to be out there hiking with you guys – not trapped in the kitchen. I could direct the rest of the chefs. BTW: You are gorgeous!

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19 the urban baker May 19, 2011 at 6:27 am

bread, fruit, + cheese – this all works for me! What a great idea(as always), Marla!

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20 Heather @ Multiply Delicious May 19, 2011 at 6:42 am

Love these Marla! Nothing could be better than…bread, cheese, and fruit. Some of my very favorite things. These are beautiful too!
So wish we had a Trader Joe’s where I live. Hard to find gluten-free dough. Do you have a gluten-free dough recipe you love?

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21 Sukaina May 19, 2011 at 7:12 am

Marla- I like how you’ve combined a cheese platter and dessert all in one. Less hassle that way rather than servign 2 separate courses! Look forward to your pizza dough recipe too!

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22 Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 May 19, 2011 at 7:17 am

What a great idea. I love berries with goat cheese, and they are so beautiful on a mini pizza. Thank you for the idea!

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23 Fallon May 19, 2011 at 7:17 am

Goat cheese goes well with everything. One of my favorite cheeses. I’ve seen this brand of goat cheese at Earthfare. I usually stray away because it is a bit expensive but looks like I’m going to have to try it out now.

Oh yes and here is my post on your Telluride Trail bars!
http://fallonscucina.blogspot.com/2011/05/telluride-trail-bars.html

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24 Heather @ Heather's Dish May 19, 2011 at 7:34 am

Oh Marla, you ha me at pizza…toss goat cheese and fruit in there and it’s heaven!

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25 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels May 19, 2011 at 7:36 am

My mama would absolutely adore these mini pizzas. I’ll have to make these for her. They look amazing! :)

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26 Maria May 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

My kind of pizza:)

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27 jay May 19, 2011 at 9:36 am

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28 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

This looks great! I can’t wait to try that goat cheese

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29 sheila @ Elements May 19, 2011 at 11:27 am

What a wonderful idea! I love goat cheese, as well as all those berries and pistachios! This would make for a wonderful appetizer or a dessert. I would enjoy it as the main course!! Yum!!! :)

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30 Dana@TheSundaySweet May 19, 2011 at 11:52 am

Marla, these are are amazing! Made me think fondly back on the days when I would have an afternoon snack of cheese and some wine. Those days are over though because my tummy just can’t handle it. But these inventive pizzas look like I’m just going to have to pop some of my enzyme pills and make these. I know my boyfriend would love them! Thank you for sharing!!

Love,
Dana

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31 Marla May 20, 2011 at 7:12 am

Dana, sounds like a great idea! No belly aches though…..K?!

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32 judy meridith May 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Now Marla, this is something I could go for,. I looks so inviting and so delicious I much try it. Great for a single girl to put together for sheer enjoyment. Thanks for the giving me the idea. Judy

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33 Marla May 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Judy, so glad you like my fruity pizzas. They are the perfect size for a full meal. If you want a little something more you can add on a side salad or in my case egg whites for breakfast! They last really well in the fridge too- great way to always have a healthy meal handy.

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34 Ellie@fitforthesoul May 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm

woww….this.is.marvelous!!! I also love what you said, “Full fat equals full flavor and you don’t need to eat as much to feel satisfied”. very very true~ the best goat cheese dish I’ve tried was in a duck meat and raisin salad with flatbread–amazing :)

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35 Marla May 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Ellie, that salad sounds amazing. A wonderful combination of sweet from the raisins, salty goat cheese & decadence from the duck. Where do you have that?

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36 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm

These are so creative, Marla! What a fun recipe and a wonderful combination of flavors.

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37 Beth May 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm

What gorgeous pizzas! This recipe looks wonderful.

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38 Amanda N May 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Now this is my kind of pizza! Ok, truly anything with goat cheese is my kind of thing. I could see these at a fancy ladies brunch. :-)

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39 Marla May 20, 2011 at 7:09 am

Amanda, these would be perfect at a fancy ladies luncheon! I could see them even smaller as mini tea sandwiches too.

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40 Ragnhild May 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Oh wow, that looks so good! How I miss cheese sometimes :P
Beautiful photos!

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41 Marla May 20, 2011 at 6:26 am

I am wondering what else you can use instead of cheese that would be a nice creamy base with the fruit. There must be something vegan & fabulous. Something kinda fun could be a baked pizza crust with a dairy free-thick yogurt & fresh fruit topping. Hmmmm……….

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42 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 20, 2011 at 12:34 am

Excellent idea! Goat cheese and fruit are a perfect pairing.

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43 Angie's Recipes May 20, 2011 at 4:44 am

Beautiful mini fruity pizzas! Great for any occasion.

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44 shana @ 100lbsandcounting May 20, 2011 at 6:48 am

wow those look fabulous!

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45 Maria @ Scandifoodie May 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

I adore goat cheese and what a fabulous idea to use it with berries! I will have to make these when fresh berries are back in season!

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46 Heather May 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

Love this! Definitely my kind of pizza!

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47 Kate@Diethood May 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Oh that has got to be one delicious pizza!! Love everything that you put on it… yummo!

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48 Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 21, 2011 at 6:32 am

I would love a shipment of goat cheese at my door:-) These are so cute and such a good idea! Love this recipe!

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49 Nikita May 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I love goat cheese and I bet it would taste amazing with fruit on a pizza! My current favorite pizza crust is from smitten kitchen- its nice and crisp so it doesn’t do that droopy thing when you slice it!

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50 Amy May 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I just bought goat cheese for the first time this week, and I love it!! This sounds delicious!

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51 Marla May 22, 2011 at 8:54 am

Amy you will be hooked now that you have tried goat cheese. It has such a distinctive flavor and is a smidge lower in fat than some other cheeses. Fun to be able to enjoy a bit of each!

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52 Barbara Bakes May 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Such a fun idea. Love a food that you can eat any time of day.

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53 Carolyn May 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

Wow, what a jackpot of cheese! And I love these little pizzas, a creative way to use it.

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54 Marla May 22, 2011 at 8:52 am

Carolyn, it sure is the jackpot of cheese! Gonna take a looooong time to get through it.

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55 Rosie @ Sweetapolita May 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Wow, Marla! These are so unique and tempting. Goat cheese makes everything better in life, and, well, so does bread & fruit. You did a really beautiful job, and I love your photos. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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56 grace May 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

those are soooo pretty, marla! the goat cheese is an interesting topper, and one i’d definitely be willing to test!

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57 Jenny May 23, 2011 at 4:13 am

One of my favorite appetizers is toasted bread with honeyed goat cheese and strawberries- my sister’s thought I was nuts when I brought it to mother’s day – but now they’re as addicted as I am!

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58 Marla May 23, 2011 at 5:13 am

Jenny, goat cheese and fruit addictive. I really could eat that combo throughout the day. It is definitely something everyone needs to explore :)

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59 Cara May 24, 2011 at 9:58 am

Lovely, Marla! What a great combination.

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60 Andrea DiGeronimo May 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Wow, those look spectacular! My mouth is watering.

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61 Heidi / foodiecrush mag August 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Cheese, any creamy cheese (for me the stinkier the better) melted with berries is a match made in heaven. Love the post.

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62 Cindy M April 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Trying to win “Food Blogging for Dummies” giveaway! Love this recipe as an alternative to just fruit and cheese appetizers.

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63 Allison April 29, 2012 at 10:39 am

WOW goat cheese is SOO good and fresh berries are finally in season! LOVE!

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64 Theresa Sea June 22, 2012 at 8:45 am

ooooh, I think these would be divine on whole-wheat english muffins. :)

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65 Kristin June 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I’ve had my eye on these for a while now….can’t wait to make them!

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