Rhodes Rolls Fruit Pizza is so easy to make (thanks to the frozen dough) and looks beautiful covered with seasonal fruit!
Several years ago, I posted a recipe for Rhodes Rolls Monkey Bread. It has consistently been a popular recipe because of how much better yeast rolls taste versus biscuit dough. I pulled out the frozen rolls again for this Rhodes Rolls Fruit Pizza.
I don’t know why it never occurred to me to try more recipes with frozen dough, especially when there was a shortage of yeast! The dough creates a perfect pizza crust that isn’t overly sweet. This fruit pizza reminds me of a fruit and cheese plate that you’d get after a fancy dinner. 🙂 It’s naturally sweet, rather than sugary sweet.
I found this recipe in a cookbook sent to me by Rhodes after they shared my monkey bread on their Instagram account. I was looking for something that I could use as a springboard for creating a new July 4th recipe. I saw their fruit pizza, tweaked a few things and bam! Rhodes Rolls Fruit Pizza has been added to my July 4th recipes.
The cookbook suggests using a “strawberry cream cheese spread.” I made mine with a plain cream cheese because I wanted a white background for my berries. I just love the way red, white and blue look together!
I also prefer the creamy, mild flavor of plain cream cheese. The flavored spreads can get a bit too sweet for me. But you can use any kind of cream cheese spread and any fresh fruit that you like. I think kiwi slices and mandarin oranges would also be great.
How to make Rhodes Rolls Fruit Pizza
You can start with the rolls on the counter and roll them out together until you get a flat “pizza dough.” However, I found the thawed rolls to be quite sticky and uncooperative. It was far easier for me to simply press the dough flat directly on my greased pizza pan.
It takes some time, but just keep working it with your fingers. Eventually it will all be the same thickness and the rolls will be connected to each other. Remember, it doesn’t have to be pretty. You’re covering it up!
Next, brush with milk, sprinkle with sugar and poke holes all over the dough so you don’t get any air bubbles.
Bake until golden brown on the edges and the top is starting to brown. It puffs up a bit, but not too much. I thought it was the perfect thickness for pizza crust.
After cooling, you can cover all those seams up with the cream cheese spread. If you DO want it to be a little sweeter, you can always add some powdered sugar to the mixture before spreading it on the pizza crust.
The last step is to add whatever fresh fruit you want to cover your Rhodes Rolls Fruit Pizza. Slice it with a pizza cutter and serve!
The crust holds up beautifully to the weight of spread and fruits. It’s got a great texture that’s easy to chew and doesn’t taste savory or weird at all. This is such a simple recipe and sure to be a showstopper on the party table this summer!
Rhodes Rolls Fruit Pizza
- 9 Rhodes dinner rolls thawed to room temperature
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 cup whipped topping
- fresh fruit as desired
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 12" pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place 9 dinner rolls around the pan, spread out evenly. Gently press down and flatten each one, working them together into a circle to form the crust. Press the seams together and keep the dough evenly distributed across the pan.
- Brush with milk (may not need all of it) and sprinkle with sugar. Poke holes all over the dough with a fork to prevent air bubbles.
- Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and starting to brown on top. Remove and allow to cool.
- In a medium bowl, whip the cream cheese with a mixer to smooth it out. If desired, add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar to increase the sweetness. Fold in whipped topping.
- Using a spatula, spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the pizza dough. Top with favorite fruits. Slice with a pizza cutter and serve!
- Can easily be stretched to 16 servings by slicing smaller!
- Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time to increase sweetness in the cream cheese mixture
- Do not refrigerate-the dough will get chewy. It's fine to keep at room temperature for a while, but this isn't a "make ahead" recipe. If you want to make the crust the night before, you can do that. Just store on the counter, tightly covered.
- Try different flavored cream cheese spreads or make your own by mixing fresh fruit into the cream cheese mixture!
- Nutritional info does not include powdered sugar or fruit toppings.
If you’re looking for another great summer recipe, try Summer Fruits with Creamy Lime Dressing!