Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Ultimate Caramel Apple Pizza

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."
 -Pamela Vaull Starr
It's officially Autumn, next week.  So bring on the fall foods! Even if it is 80 degrees outside.
If you have an apple corer, it comes in handy for slicing apples
I love apples. We have apple trees, and could even use a few more. I love to make apple jam and apple butter with my bounty. It's just a wonderful time that I am reminded of natures abundance.

Since I love finding new ways to use the fall fruit, when I saw the recipe for Candied Apple Pizza from Guy Fieri in this months Better Homes and Gardens, I knew I wanted to  make my own version of it.

I sauteed the apples, but I don't recommend it, when I make this again, I will use them raw.

What is so great is that this pizza dough recipe makes 2 balls of dough, so you can use the second portion to make a savory pizza and have a good old fashioned pizza night!

Mascarpone, down.

Or you could double the recipe and make 2 apple pizzas, (or one apple pizza, and freeze the other one) and use a double portion to make a big ole fat thick crust pizza like we did. Wow, was that good.

 Apples, down.
I love making my own pizza dough because I think it just tastes better. Plus we like to really over do it on the cheese, and when making your own, you have control in that department.

Streusel, down.
Speaking of over doing it, I call this the Ultimate Caramel Apple Pizza because I just piled on the yummy. First there is a layer of mascarpone cheese. Then a layer of tart apples, then comes the nutty streusel to bring some crunch and cinnamon and brown sugar flavor. Drizzled on top is salted caramel, and to top it off, a white chocolate drizzle, since I love a caramel apple dipped in white chocolate.

Caramel, down.
This pizza is so delicious, I had to stop myself from eating the whole thing in one sitting. (Well, maybe not the whole thing, but almost.)

White chocolate, down.
 Make your family happy by whipping up a pizza for dinner with their favorite toppings and this Ultimate Caramel Apple Pizza for dessert! I think they will love you for it, mine sure did.

Right out of the oven, gooey goodness.

This is the savory thick crust pizza I made with a full recipe of dough, double the amount that is called for in the apple pizza.

The Ultimate Caramel Apple Pizza

adapted from Guy Fieri's Candied Apple Pizza in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

To make it easier on yourself you can purchase a ball of pizza dough, (Trader Joe's sell them for a dollar-ish), and you can buy premade caramel, if you do, buy one of quality, and add a little salt if you wish to make it salted caramel.

To make a savory pizza, make the dough as instructed, top with sauce and your favorite toppings and bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-22 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned.

This dough recipe makes enough for 2 thin (or regular) crusts. Use the second half to make a savory pizza to have a pizza night. I doubled the recipe below and made a thick crust pizza by using a full recipe of dough, (or both halves.) And then I used half of the other portion to make this apple pizza, and froze the other portion.


For the Pizza Dough

This dough recipe makes enough for 2 apple pizzas.

Also note the pizza dough has a rising time of an hour and a half, so keep that in mind when planning.

2 1/2 cups (250 g.) flour

1 tsp. salt

1 Tablespoon Active Dry Yeast (or 2 packets)

2 tsp. sugar

2 Tablespoons of olive oil, plus more to grease bowls

1 cup (8 oz) (237 ml.) water, warm to the touch

For Pizza Topping

2-3 tart apples, sliced thin

1 cup, 8 oz. (226 g.) mascarpone cheese

2 Tablespoons powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

about 1 cup (8 oz.) (237 ml.) Caramel Sauce - either homemade, I used the caramel recipe from my Vanilla Cinnamon Poached Pears with Spiced Caramel Recipe, or good quality store bought

For the streusel

3 Tablespoons flour

1/3 cup (60 g.) packed brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

3 Tablespoons butter

1/2 cup (90 g.) chopped pecans or another type of nut

1  cup (200 g.) good quality white chocolate chips, melted according to package directions OR use good quality white chocolate, chopped - optional


Start by making dough.

Stand Mixer directions: Dissolve the sugar in warm water in the bowl of the stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let stand for 10 minutes till foamy. Add olive oil and salt to the yeast mixture then use the dough hook to mix in the flour. Mix until the dough comes together, add more flour as needed to allow the machine to knead the dough until smooth. (At this point I needed to add more flour to make the dough come into a ball.) When it's come together and not too sticky, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead 2 minutes more, the dough should not be sticky at this point.

By Hand: Dissolve the sugar in warm water in a large bowl and sprinkle yeast on top, let stand 10 minutes until foamy. Stir in the flour, add more if needed, it shouldn't be sticky, and knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes, until the dough is springy and not sticky.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat surface, cover bowl with a clean towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place till it's doubled, about an hour.

Turn dough onto a floured surface again. divide in half and form into 2 smooth tight balls. Place each ball in its own bowl and let rise, covered for a second rise for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, in a small bowl mix the mascarpone cheese with the vanilla and the powdered sugar, set aside.

In a large bowl place the sliced apples with the lemon juice and toss to coat.

Make the streusel. In a medium bowl combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Stir in pecans.

When ready to use, press one ball of the dough with fingers to flatten as much as possible. Drape dough over hands, stretching to desired size and thickness. (Mine was about a 12 inch pizza) Place dough on floured pizza peel or cutting board (I just prepared my pizza directly on my pizza stone.) The other ball of dough can be used for a savory pizza, or another sweet pizza, or you can wrap it well and freeze it.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, 230 degrees Celsius, Gas Mark 8.

Parbake the pizza crust by cooking it in the preheated oven for about 6-8 minutes with no browning. When done, set aside to cool a bit. When the pizza crust has cooled, spread the mascarpone mixture evenly onto the crust. Top with thinly sliced apples, then top with streusel, then caramel. Melt the white chocolate chips according to package directions, (or alternately, use chopped white chocolate and sprinkle it on the top.) Drizzle the melted white chocolate onto the top (if using.)

Bake on a pizza stone or on a baking sheet for about 10-12 minutes, until the crust is lightly brown and everything has melted nicely.


Anonymous said...

I saw this in BetterHomes and Gardens mag..I sooo want to try it also...looks fantastic,I know it was off the chain tasty..visiting from BoogerBoard cottage.

Anonymous said...

It would be hard to make me stop from devouring that whole thing! it sounds amazing!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

I have apple trees but we are just coming into our spring, pinning this for when my apples come, looks amazing! said...

Love caramel apple dip, love pizza why not combine them??? This fantastic idea never occurred to me! Yummy!!!

Brittney said...

OH. MY. GOSH. My kids just barely were telling me tonight that we needed to do caramel + apples. We dipped and drizzled the apples last year, but this looks so very delish that we just might have to do both. Can my thighs afford it? Probably not. Meh. Who cares? SO YUMMY! Thanks for sharing!
-Brittney (my new home-decor blog; come on by if you'd be interested. It's fun over there. And fat-free. 'Cept not in real life. In real life, I basically bathe myself in butter whenever possible...)

Claire Justine said...

Oh wow your pizzas sound amazing,love the apple idea,must pin this :)thanks for linking up to creative mondays :)

The Mandatory Mooch said...

This looks amazing!! I would love for you to link up to Tasty Thursdays on my blog The Mandatory Mooch.

Thanks, Nichi

Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

I would love for you to share this post and any other Fall related post you have, at this week's It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party. Hope to see you there!

Lisa said...

Oh wow, my stomach is growling for this! Looks fabulous!

Crystelle said...

This looks sooo good! I am making this tonight...Pinning right now.
thank you much for this fabulous recipe......

Unknown said...

looks amazing- popped over from the live laugh linky

Miz Helen said...

I need to have Pizza Night and this will be on the menu, it looks delicious! Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Kathy Walker said...

Oh my goodness! This looks like the answer to my sweet tooth! I love apples and caramel...on top of mascarpone...yummy.

Erin said...

Your pizza looks wonderful! I'd make 2 so I could eat a whole one =o) and my kids could share the other one.

Cindy said...

Both pizzas look delicious. I've never seen an apple pizza--where have I been. I'm making it soon.

Nicole @WonkyW said...

This looks beyond delicious! I am a pizza fiend and now I'm craving :)

Unknown said...

Oh my! I'm with you about piling on the toppings. The white chocolate drizzle makes this a must have! Pinned.

Winnie said...

This pizza looks amazing!
I've never made a sweet-pizza and I love the idea :)

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

No fair tempting us to pack on the winter weight this early in Fall! ;)
Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

Rebecca @ Herons Crafts said...

Wow this looks brilliant! How did you come up with such a great idea! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

TidyMom said...

my mouth is watering just looking at that!!

Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up

Have a great rest if of the weekend!

Adorned From Above said...

Love the caramel apple pizza. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above

Sarah said...

Hi thanks so much for linking up at The Winthrop Chronicles link party! This will be featured tomorrow!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

This sounds amazing! I found this at The Winthrop Chronicles. :)

icakepops said...

I bet I can find an excuse to have caramel apple pizza for breakfast! Delicious! And I love how you put up a proud picture of your sweet Papillon. I rescued one last December and she is darling.

Adorned From Above said...

Thank you so much for sharing your caramel apple pizza with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
from Wednesday until Sunday.
Hope to see you there.
Debi @ Adorned From Above

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

You're a STAR! Featuring your mouth-watering recipe today on the blog. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!

<3 Christina

Michelle Day said...

Oh my goodness! This looks amazing! I can't wait to try this. Not only do I LOVE pizza but I really love caramel apples :) Thanks for sharing

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John Hilston said...

Haven't tried that type of pizza, looking quite delicate.
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