Apple Pie Pizza

Apple Pie Pizza for two. |

I’m not naming any names, but someone in my house in on a juice cleanse.  And that someone’s favorite dessert is apple pie.  Their favorite food is pizza.  So, because I’m cruel, I made apple pie pizza.  It’s just that the house is starting to smell like raw kale.  I can’t deal anymore.  This apple pie pizza is the temptress I need it to be.  The juice cleanse must end.

To be fair, the juice cleanse is in preparation of our trip to Austin this weekend.  We plan on inhaling our weight in barbecue, food truck tacos, and all the other things Austin has to offer.  I haven’t been to Austin in 4 years or so, and the place seems to have blown up.  I feel like it’s the coolest place in Texas right now.  I’m a little jealous of that title since I’m from Dallas, but I will give the Lone Star state capital it’s due.  Austin is bad ass.

Pizza Dough for two |

For this mini dessert pizza, I had to create a pizza dough recipe to serve two.  I had so much fun with this!  I wanted the dough recipe to be easy and quick.  I make the entire recipe in a 2-cup measuring cup.  After I mix the dough, I grab it in one hand, grease the cup, and plop the dough back in.  The quick one-hour rise time makes this do-able on a weeknight for me:  start the dough, go to the gym, come home and undo the benefits of the gym.  Easy, peasy.

I foresee us using this dough for savory applications, too.  Stay tuned for that…. In the meantime, is there a specific type of pizza you’d like to see on here?  I’m always open to suggestions and requests.

But for the time being, I made this for your face.  The lower third of it.  You know.
Apple Pie Pizza |

I thought you might like it.  The crust is covered in sauteed apples and brown sugar, which turns into a sticky, delicious caramel (you’re welcome).  I topped the apples with a sugar crumble.  And since it wasn’t sweet enough, I drizzled it all with a powdered sugar glaze.  I will report back if it was enough to undo a juice cleanse commitment.

Apple Pie Pizza |


I’m so excited to participate in Pizza Week in collaboration with NoshOn.It.  Here’s what the other cooks made:

Emily of Jelly Toast made Pesto Flatbread with Microgreens

Vijay of NoshOn.It made Biscoff Shortbread Pizza with Nutella, Strawberries and Toasted Hazelnuts (whoa, gimme the fat pants!)

Toni of Boulder Locavore made Gluten-Free Blue Corn Southwest Nacho Pizza

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Apple Pie Pizza
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Yield: 1 mini 6" pizza
Serves: 2
  • For the dough:
  • 5 tablespoons warm water (105-110 degrees)
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for cup
For the rest:
  • 2 small Granny Smith apples
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar, divided use
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided use
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk (or water)
  1. First, make the dough: In a 2-cup measuring cup, combine the warm water, sugar and yeast. Stir to dissolve. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until foamy. If the yeast does not foam, it's dead--start over.
  2. Next, add the flour and stir. Then, add the salt and olive oil. Stir with a fork until a shaggy dough forms. Remove the dough and knead it a few times on a floured surface. As soon as you start kneading, the dough will come together and lose all the stickiness. Knead for about 1 minute. The dough should be easy to work with, pliable, and not sticky. Grease the measuring cup with the extra oil, and plop the dough back in it. Turn the dough over once to coat it in oil, then let it rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. (see photo for reference).
  3. Meanwhile, peal and dice the apple. Add the apple, ¼ cup of the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of the butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute until the apples soften and have a slightly sticky sauce clinging to them. (you will see caramel threads as you stir).
  4. Next, in a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, flour, and remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Pinch it together using your fingers to make a crumble.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400, and place a pizza stone in the oven (if you have one). Alternatively, you could use a baking sheet coated lightly with cornmeal.
  6. Flour your hands, and remove the dough from the measuring cup. Lightly flour the counter and knead the dough for 1 minute. Then, pat the dough out into a circle. Pick up the dough (just like you see them do in pizzerias) and let it drape over your two fists. Slowly start stretching the dough out in a circular motion around the edges to a diameter of 6". Am I explaining this well? maybe I should have made a video. Sorry.
  7. Once the oven is preheated, place the dough on the pizza stone (or cookie sheet) and bake for 5 minutes. Carefully open the oven door, add the apples and crumble on top of the dough, leaving a border for the crust. Press down any parts of the dough that have bubbled up.
  8. Continue baking until the crust is golden brown, about 5-10 minutes longer, depending on your pizza stone or baking sheet.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  10. Mix together the powdered sugar and milk (or water), and drizzle over dough. Serve hot!




  1. says

    Dear me. Oh, I want this so bad. It looks like a Sunday evening snack for the two of us. Can I wait that long, that’s the question.

  2. Brigid says

    YUM! Be sure to check out the Rainey Street area of Austin. Lots of historic homes that have been turned into bars. Blackheart is supposed to have a big selection of whiskey, and they had live music when I was there last summer. Bangers had some great sausage and a great patio. Have fun!! :)

  3. says

    I think if my husband (who, by the way, recently has LOST weight while maintaining the ability to polish off an entire box of Cheez-Its in one sitting) started a juice cleanse, it would be a sign of the apocalypse. Which basically means I can’t wait to make this pizza until that happens. I’m not sure I can even wait until the weekend. OFF TO THE STORE I GO.

  4. Dee says

    PLEASE have something sinfully wonderful at Gourdough’s and report back! I never seem to make it to Austin!

  5. Christinem says

    I love apple pizzas! can ya make me one and ship it to California? Thanks….. I will be waiting by the mailbox with my bib on! LOL I can see you making savory style pizzas with the dough; like mushroom and gouda! yum!

  6. Erin R. says

    Ha ha! That is the teeniest pizza crust in HISTORY! I love it! Perfect for a weekend lunch or dessert when I have a little time on my hands and am not starving for dinner. That looks so wonderful with the brown sugar apples and, of course, the crumbly top. Most things really should be a vehicle for a crumbly top. Saving this one for sure. Thanks!

  7. says

    You just changed the pizza game.. you also just made me love you more because apple pie pizza has gotta be the best thing I’ve heard all week.

  8. karen says

    i can’t wait to try this. any apple dessert is a favorite of mine.
    enjoy austin!! i just visited for the first time a few weekends ago!! can’t wait to go back! you must visit rainey street . . . a whole street of bungalow houses turned restaurants/bars/food trucks. go hungry. :)

  9. says

    Girl, you are bad! As someone who just finished a 3-day juice cleanse, I can tell you that if this was baked in my house while I was on said cleanse, I would’ve either had to move out or end the cleanse. You are really testing your husband’s willpower! Now that I’m done my cleanse, I probably deserve to eat an entire apple pie pizza, don’t you think?
    PS. I’m not going to lie, the smell of raw kale and spinach did kind of start to get to me by the end.

  10. says

    first, I just wanna say I’m glad your “monoca” issue -as was seen on fbk yesterday- got resolved, bc that looked crazy! relieved the blog is okay, esp because omg this pizzzzer!!! this is seriously so creative Christina, love this!

  11. says

    I don’t know how people just drink juice, my mouth likes to chew things. However, I suppose it’s acceptable as long as that someone plans to make up for it with all the deliciousness that Austin has to offer! If you haven’t been you need to go to Taco Deli while you are there, AMAZING breakfast tacos! Back to this delicious apple pie pizza that I may have had to wipe the spittle off the corner of my mouth when I saw it. I can’t wait to make it, my two favorite things combined into one!

  12. says

    No way could I turn this down while on a juice cleanse! At least there are apples so you know… fruit.

    Have fun in Austin! It is on my must visit list and would love to eat my weight through that city:-)

  13. Sarah says

    I just love that you made a recipe for a small pizza crust! Definetly saving this one.

    I don’t know about suggestions since my favorite is a simple margherita.

  14. says

    Oh my goodness, Christina! This pizza looks amazing! I would totally buckle under the pressure of a juice cleanse. I’ve considered it so many times, but always wimp out, lol. I hope you guys have a great trip to Austin!

  15. stacey says

    When we were kids, our parents let me and my brother occasionally choose where we’d eat lunch after church. When it was my turn, I’d always pick Luby’s (SQUARE FISH FOR LIFE…please tell me there is Luby’s in DTown!) and he’d always choose this pizza buffet place called Mr. Gatti’s. Gatti’s had a dessert pizza that was similar to this, but yours is obviously a million times better. I’m going to need to make this for him ASAP.

  16. Nanashi says

    Ooo, I plan to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing! It looks scrumptous and I’m sure the kids will love. As for Austin, I am born and raised in Austin, Texas, and you are indeed correct. It has blown up. Waaay too much that I found myself moving away from it. But there is so much I love about home. The hills, the wind, and just the overall feel of the atmosphere. Keep Austin Weird. :)


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