As I danced along side the Gay Pride Parade that marched down 5th Avenue in New York City, I relished in the fun and freedom that was being celebrated by the people that flooded the streets. Pride, which stands for the positive stance against discrimination and violence towards LGBT people, is a BIG deal in New York City and everyone wants in on the festivities. Pride promotes self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, builds community, and celebrates sexual diversity and gender variance. People were letting their ‘freak flags fly”: boys dressed as girls and girls dressed as boys, scantly clad transgender women let the world take in their pasty covered nipples, and rainbow jumpsuits were all the rage!
I celebrated Pride weekend by preparing my mom’s Rainbow Fruit Pizza recipe, and sharing it with my boyfriend and the girls on our block that own the clothing shop Duo. This recipe was a mainstay at all of my mother’s dinner and holiday parties. Any fruit will work as the topping for this pizza. Since it was Pride weekend I wanted to cover mine with all the colors in the rainbow flag. In July, in affiliation with SMART (where I am Culinary Director/Chef Nutritionist) I will be teaching this recipe to teens at the Boy’s Club of New York for their summer camp extra curricular class.
Love is Love Fruit Pizza
Equipment: 350 degree oven, large mixing bowl, pastry cutter or two forks, large wooden spoon, pizza pan,
1 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup oatmeal
9 tablespoons butter, cut in pieces
Pinch of salt
Any fruit of your choice: I used, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, mango slices, blackberries, kiwi
1 1/2 cup fresh whipped cream (or 1 8-ounce container of cool whip)
1 small box of instant,vanilla, cheese cake, lemon or banana pudding
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, chopped walnuts, and brown sugar to the bowl, stir with a large wooden spoon. Add the butter chunks. Then, using two forks or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the mix until it resembles small peas.
On a lightly greased pizza pan press dough into a 12 inch circle. Prick with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown (be careful though this crust burns easily. Allow to cool completelpely.
In another bowl, mix the whipped cream and pudding with a dash of vanilla. This must be well mixed but not over mixed, and used immediately or it will turn grainy.
Spread this on the cooled crust, then arrange with slices of your favorite fruit.
Serve room temperature.