It has been awhile since we have posted a dessert recipe to the blog and newsletter, and with October being National Apple Month, we decided to go with a slight twist on a familiar flavor. There is nothing more well-known than good old fashioned Apple Pie, and our Apple Pizza hits all the same notes. While a little more portable, the Apple Pizza is filled with luscious tart Granny Smith Apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and other recognizable flavors.
We’ve mentioned in several recent posts that we try all the recipes we put on the blog, and this month was no exception. In fact we wanted to share some of the images of our employees chowing down on this delicious dessert. This isn’t just a job for us; we genuinely have a passion for fruit, and exploring all the ways fruit can be used is a real treat. It also helps us serve our customers better providing valuable insight into which fruit will make the perfect gift for any occasion.
Making the Apple Pizza is straight forward, although a little time consuming. You could skip on the homemade pizza dough, but that would cut out some of the authentic flavor. If you keep everything organized you should be fine. The ingredients are easy to find and the directions are very straightforward. Just be sure you choose a tart apple like a Granny Smith so that the flavors and textures stay balanced. Bake until golden brown and enjoy!
- 2-1/3 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 4 cups sliced peeled tart apples
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1. In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a saucepan, heat water, milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat for 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface; cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook and stir apples in butter over medium heat for 2 minutes. Combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon; stir into skillet. Cook 3 minutes longer. Reduce heat to low; cook, uncovered, for 4-6 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring frequently.
3. In a small bowl, combine the cheese topping ingredients. For streusel, in a small bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly.
4. Pat dough onto a greased 14-in. pizza pan, building up edges slightly. Spread with cheese topping, then apple topping. Sprinkle with streusel. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve warm or cold. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Recipe courtesy of tasteofhome.com