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Caramel Apple Dessert Pizza

  • Author: Jenna Barnard
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 13" pizza 1x

Description

This is the ULTIMATE apple dessert pizza. With a pillowy soft crust, tender spiced apples, sweet oat crumble, and a caramel drizzle on top, it’s easily one of the best apple desserts you’ll ever make.


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Ingredients

Oat Crumble

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt

Apple Topping

  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 of a lemon, squeezed
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp apple cider
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Pizza Dough

  • 22 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann’s RapidRise® Yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup warm water 
  • 3 tbsp canola or vegetable oil

Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp and cubed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, room temp
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt

Instructions

Oat Crumble

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients and place in the fridge uncovered. By the time it’s ready to use, it will be the perfect crumbly consistency.

Apple Topping

  1. Place the sliced apples in a colander that is nested inside another bowl. Toss the apples in the lemon and 2 tsp of granulated sugar. Let them macerate for 30 minutes while you make the pizza dough.

Pizza Dough

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup of flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
  2. Mix in the warm water and oil using a wooden spoon. The water should be a warmer than room temperature, but not too hot. 
  3. At this point the dough will be VERY wet. Mix in another cup of flour and it should come together as a very shaggy dough.
  4. Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for about a minute. Keep dusting the dough and surface with flour to prevent it from sticking. Don’t use more than 1/4 cup of flour during this process. 
  5. In the end you should be left with a smooth dough. Shape it into a ball and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Apple Topping

  1. While the dough rests, make the coating for the apples. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt down the butter.
  2. While the butter melts, combine the 2 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp nutmeg in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Also dump out any juices that were released from the apples and place the apples back into the bowl, not the colander. 
  4. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour for about a minute and then quickly whisk in the apple cider. The mixture will turn into an apple sauce consistency.
  5. Just as the apple cider is mixed in, whisk in the sugar and spice mixture. Vigorously whisk until you reach a smooth consistency. It should look like a cross between a very thick caramel and apple sauce. 
  6. Pour the mixture over the apples and use a rubber spatula to coat. 

Pizza Dough

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. After 10 minutes, the dough should have puffed up a very small amount.
  3. Cover a pizza pan in parchment paper and lightly dust with flour. For best results, use a pizza pan with holes on the bottom. 
  4. Place the dough into the center of the parchment and press it down with your fingers. Push the dough out to the edges into a 12-13″ circle. The center should be thinner than the edges. If it’s giving you a hard time, leave it alone for a couple minutes then go back to it.
  5. Place the apple slices on top in a starburst pattern (see picture above). You may have some apple slices leftover depending on the size of the apples used.
  6. Take the oat crumble out of the fridge and crumble on top. Use as much or as little as you like.
  7. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. The tips of some of the apples might darken around the edges which is perfectly fine.

Caramel Sauce

  1. While the pizza bakes, make the caramel.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the sugar. Whisk occasionally at first, but then continuously as it begins to melt down. This takes about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Once melted, leave it alone and let it darken. This happens VERY quickly so don’t walk away.
  4. When it reaches an amber color, remove from heat and whisk in the butter. Make sure the butter is room temperature otherwise your caramel will seize up.
  5. Whisk in the heavy cream, which also needs to be at room temperature. 
  6. Once smooth, mix in the sea salt.
  7. It will be very thin. Pour it into a glass container and place it in the refrigerator uncovered to thicken. 
  8. By this point, the pizza should be done. Let it cool for about 10 minutes and then drizzle on the caramel sauce. 
  9. Slice with a large knife (not a pizza cutter) and enjoy!

Keywords: dessert pizza, apple dessert pizza, homemade pizza dough, caramel apple, homemade caramel

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