Thursday, October 9, 2014

Apple Dessert Pizza

In need of a quick dessert for a spontaneous gathering with friends, the apple dessert pizza came into existence. 

I am glad that it did. 

It was devoured. 

So quickly I didn’t get a photo of the deliciousness all plated and sliced, ready to serve. 

I guess that just means I will need to make it again.

Apple Dessert Pizza


  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 3/4 C butter, divided
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/8 C whipping cream
  • 1/8 C powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 medium apples, firm apple recommended (e.g., honey crisp)
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 C granola
  • Caramel sauce, optional


Note: This recipe makes 1-cookie sheet size pizza; you can easily divide it between 2 pie plates, or halve the recipe to make just one 9-inch pie-plate pizza (shown). 

Begin by mixing together 1 1/2 C flour with 1 C powdered sugar.  Stir well.  Meanwhile melt all but 1/2 T butter.

Using a fork, mix in the butter to the flour/sugar mixture.  Incorporate until the butter is combined and the flour/sugar mixture has clumped. 

Press into a cookie sheet or 2 9-inch pie plates to form a nice crust. 

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.  Do not over bake.  Cool.  

Meanwhile, slice up the apples into 1-inch pieces.  In a medium skillet, heat remaining 1/2 T butter over medium heat until melted.  Add in the sliced apples and sauté for 5-7 minutes until crisp-tender.  Add in 1 tsp. brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon.  Continue stirring until apples are softened, but not mushy.  Set aside off the heat to cool. 

Finally, whip 1/8 C whipping cream until light and fluffy, set aside.  Whip the cream cheese (2oz) with 1/8 C powdered sugar and a splash (~1/4 tsp.) of vanilla.  When whipped smooth, fold in the whipping cream.  Set aside.

To assemble, spread the whipping cream/cream cheese mixture over the crust in a very thin layer. 

Top with the apple mixture spread evenly over the top. 

Sprinkle with granola. 

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Slice into pieces, and if desired, drizzle with caramel sauce before serving.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator. 


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