Apple Crisp Pizza
I love all of the pumpkin goodies that are around this time of year and have already made several loaves of Pumpkin Bread, but truth be told, it is the apple baked goods that make me happiest. I think mostly because apple desserts usually involve some kind of streusal, caramel, and possibly ice cream on top. And was I ever happy this weekend after making and eating this Apple Crisp Pizza! My family was too as we had a family dinner for my oldest son’s birthday, and I made this for dessert. It was very easy to make, and feeds a crowd, perfect for our get-together.
You can either use a homemade pie crust or store-bought depending on how much time you have. This time I used Trader Joe’s frozen pie crust. It was perfect for the pizza as it tastes great and is already rolled out. All you have to do is roll it a tiny bit more to make it about 1 to 2 inches larger. Then I just pushed all around the edges with my fingertips, rolling the edges in slightly to create a little lip to catch any juices from the apples. Be sure to chop up your apples into 1/4 inch pieces so they will be soft after baking and make sure to get pieces of apple all the way to the edge.
Next, just pour the streusal on top of the apples. It works best if you pour all of it into the middle of the pizza and spread to the edges from there. Try to get it all the way to the edge if possible and then bake.
The pizza would be great just like this, but then comes the best part – the caramel topping! You could make your own, but again, due to time constraints, I also bought caramel topping from Trader Joe’s. I felt completely fine about that as it tastes so rich and buttery, it might as well be homemade. You would think I’m a paid spokesperson for Trader Joe’s, but I’m not. I just love their stuff!
And lastly, add some vanilla bean ice cream and another little drizzle of caramel, and you have the perfect dessert! It is a little simpler to make than apple pie, and feeds a lot more people.
I hope you get a chance to make this Apple Crisp Pizza sometime soon when you need a simple, yet crowd-pleasing dessert. Not only will it make your family and friends happy, if there are any left overs it is also the perfect breakfast! It is a very multi purpose pizza. And we all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I haven’t seen any doctors at my door all day! 🙂
Apple Crisp Pizza
For the Apple Filling:
- Pastry for 9-inch pie crust, homemade or store-bought (Trader Joe’s recommended, you’ll find it in the freezer section)
- 2/3 c sugar
- 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3-4 medium apples (I used 3 Fiji), peeled and diced into 1/4 inch pieces
For the Streusal Topping:
- 1/2 c all-purpose flour
- 1/3 c packed brown sugar
- 1/2 c old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 c salted butter, slightly softened
For the Drizzle:
- 1/2 c caramel topping (Trader Joe’s recommended)
- vanilla ice cream (Trader Joe’s recommended)
- If using store-bought frozen pie crust, thaw out according to package directions. I usually put it in the refrigerator over night, but it still needs some time at room temperature before rolling out.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll pastry to fit a 12-inch pizza pan. Press gently on the edges with fingertips, and roll about 1 inch towards the center to raise the edges and keep any juices from spilling out.
- Combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon (apple filling ingredients) in a medium bowl.
- Add peeled, 1/4 inch diced apples, and toss to coat.
- Arrange apples in a SINGLE LAYER over the pie crust to completely cover it, all the way to the edges. My apples were a little bigger so it only took 3.
- To make the streusal topping, combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, and butter in a bowl. Mix well. Clean hands work well to mush it around together until it’s the texture of wet sand. Place all of streusal topping on top of apples in center of pizza, and push the topping towards the edges, covering the entire pizza evenly.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until apples are tender and streusal is slightly browned.
- When pizza is done, heat caramel topping in the microwave at 15 second increments until pourable. Drizzle over pizza.
- When ready to serve, top with ice cream and a little more caramel. Serve immediately.
- Store any leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator.
Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, originally found on The Girl Who Ate Everything