I came up with this Apple Cinnamon Dessert Pizza recipe on a whim while trying to come up with a dessert to go with some homemade calzones, but that’s a story for another day. This recipe comes together really easily and leaves the door wide open for customization. The crust is made from a modified version of my standard pizza crust.
The pizza I made is probably a bit over the top, but it can easily be tamed into something a bit more manageable.
- 3/4 tsp. Salt
- 4 cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast (1 packet)
- 1 3/8 cups Lukewarm Water
- 3 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
Add all the ingredients to your stand mixer and knead with a dough hook until it is uniform and pulls away from the bowl.
Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a moistened towel. Let it rest for an hour. You can skip this step, but the crust ends up a bit tougher. Your choice — speed or texture.
This dough recipe will make about 3 12 inch pizzas, so divide it up however you want to. We made one really big pizza with a good sized chunk of dough left over. (We used it to make some cinnamon raising flat-bread, but again, that’s for another day.)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and we’ll move on to the toppings…
- 1 21 ounce can of Apple Pie Filling
- 1/2 cup of All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar
- 3 tablespoons of Butter or Shortening
- 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg
- 1 cup of Powdered Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Water (more if needed)
Streusel Topping Instructions:
Combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter or shortening in a bowl. Cut the butter/shortening into the flour and brown sugar using a fork. Mix until it looks a bit like wet sand.
Back to the crust…
Mix the powdered sugar and water in a small bowl until combined. If this glaze is a bit too thick, add a little water. If it’s too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda’s:
- Use another flavor of pie filling to make a completely different pizza
- Make a fruit sauce from scratch rather than using canned filling
- Try making this recipe in a dutch oven. Use about 8 coals on the bottom and 16 on top.
- This is the big one: I would have made my standard pizza crust recipe and, before adding the spices, I would have cut out a third of the dough to make the dessert pizza crust from rather than using a whole batch of dough. A 16-inch dessert pizza probably is a bit over the top, but either way it was good!