By December 21, 2020Published:
Dr. Carmela McTyre is the Executive Chef and co-owner of Carmela’s Culinary Creations, based in the metropolitan Detroit area. She has been a culinarian for more than 20 years specializing in customized catering and personal chef services. She received her culinary degree from Oakland Community College and went on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration from William Tyndale College and then a Master’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Eastern Michigan University. In her Master’s work she examined the nexus between fast food and healthy food. She published her findings with her colleagues in 2006 in the International Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Administration. In 2014 she earned her Doctorate degree in Information Technology from Capella University and her published dissertation is titled “The Training Experiences of Restaurant Managers in a Midwest, Urban-Based Metropolitan Area: A Phenomenological Study.” Throughout her career, Chef Carmela managed and owned large chain restaurants where she taught and nurtured the development of others. She became passionate about teaching healthy cooking practices and has taught culinary courses everywhere from Eastern Michigan University, Spring Arbor University to community support groups. Dr. Carmela also gives back and nurtures young talent by being a judge in the Michigan Restaurant Association’s annual statewide culinary competition for high school students. In addition to owning and operating Carmela’s Culinary Creations, she is also currently the director of the Culinary Department of Abundant Life Christian Center in Redford, Township.
- Crust make yourself or (buy refrigerated dough)
- powdered sugar
- butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- cream of tartar
- * granulated sugar (to roll the balls in if you make individual size pizzas only)
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Fruit of your choice, sliced - Strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, pineapple,
grapes, cherries, blueberries
- In a stand mixer or using an electric mixer, beat together powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Do not add optional granulated sugar*
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet or pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray.
If making a full size fruit pizza then press dough into a pizza pan to form a circle.
Bake 8-10 minutes until cooked through the center and slightly golden on the edges.
If making individual size fruit pizzas then roll dough into balls approximately 1 inch in size. Roll in granulated sugar. Flatten to form a circle and place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake 7-8 minutes until cooked and slightly golden on the bottom.
In a medium bowl beat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until light and
fluffy. Spread on crust once it has completely cooled.
Top with sliced fruit.