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Mon, Aug 22 2016 post by Kristin From creativemeinspiredyou

Caramel Apple Pizza

This great dessert pizza features a unique twist with apples. Leaving them fresh and crispy by not cooking them, keeps the texture and crunch while still having a super apple flavor.

Caramel Apple Pie

It's the end of summer, and the beginning of fall. It's time for those fresh apples, seasonal spices and comforting desserts. Fall is my favorite time to sample different apples. During the season, varieties come ripe as the season continues and I love to sample and taste the differences in apple varieties, and include those apples in my desserts and baking.  I love the textures I can create in desserts with apples. I can leave the skins on, or remove them. I can bake them into desserts, or cook them ahead so that my apples are either crunchy still, or soft and creamy. From applesauce to apple muffins and even my famous crumb topped apple pie, we get lots of apple yumminess throughout the fall. Once at our old house, I had just finished making a crumb topped apple pie, and our oven decided at that moment to die. There was some issue with the pilot light and it burst the door of the oven open, scaring me half to death! All was fine, but I still had this unbaked pie.  I didn't know what I was going to do, I certainly didn't want to waste my money and time and throw the pie away. I ended up grilling the pie on our back porch!  My family, especially my husband LOVED the smokiness it added to the pie, but I did tell him, as long as I have a working oven, that pie was one of a kind!

Caramel Apple Pie

This great dessert pizza features a unique twist with apples. Leaving them fresh and crispy by not cooking them, keeps the texture and crunch while still having a super apple flavor.

We begin with our crust, and we need 9 Rhodes Bake N Serv Dinner Rolls- thawed.

  Caramel Apple Pie

I prefer to use scissors when I work with my Rhodes Dough, and I cut the rolls into smaller pieces. I used my pizza stone, but I would recommend that you use a sheet of parchment paper, and a cooking pan. My crust did stick a little on the bottom to the pizza stone.

Caramel Apple Pie

My dough was pretty wet with the warm weather, so I used cinnamon sugar to help me roll out the dough, this is an extra step, and you can simply use cooking spray on a drier dough. I thought the added flavor would also work well with the apples.  Place a little cinnamon sugar on the try before you begin placing the dough.

Caramel Apple Pie

Begin the pizza crust by cutting the rolls up into 5 or 6 pieces with your scissors. Place those pieces as flat as you can in the middle of your tray, and begin layering the roll pieces around that center point.

 Caramel Apple Pie

Sprinkle about 4 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar all over the dough, and use a rolling pin to flatten and push the dough out, until it's about 12 inches across.

Caramel Apple Pie

 Allow the dough to set ( rise)  for about 15 minutes, then bake in a 350 degree oven and bake for another 15-18 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool. Place on a serving tray once it is cool to the touch.

After your crust is finished cooking and cooling, you can begin the rest of the pizza.

The sauce is actually a cheesecake mixture, that we will top with thinly sliced apples.

 Caramel Apple Pie

In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup caramel and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Mix this all well either with a hand mixer or by hand.

Caramel Apple Pie

Place the cheese mixture on the top of the pizza crust, and spread out to the edges.

Now to finish with beautiful apple slices.

Caramel Apple Pie

Cut your apples into fourths and remove the core. Then slice your apples into the thinnest possible slices that you can get.

 Caramel Apple Pie

I used the juice from a can of pineapples to soak my apple slices in. It adds a light tartness to the apples and completely keeps them from turning brown because of the acidity in the juice.

 Caramel Apple Pie

Begin arranging your apples in a pretty manner.

Caramel Apple Pie

I used my red skinned apple for the outside ring, then used my green skin apple for the inner ring. You could also alternate the red and green apples for another pretty look!

 Caramel Apple Pie

Once you are finished arranging the apple slices, drizzle the rest of the caramel over the pie and add the pecans. Chill until ready to serve.

Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel Apple Pie

My family went wild for this dessert, especially my hubby, who raved over how delicious it is. I guess that gets me out of making another grilled apple pie? LOL!

enjoy!

kris

 

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Caramel Apple Pizza

Servings: 8-10 | Skills: Intermediate | Prep Time: 30-40 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 15 min

This delicious sweet pizza is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy with the wonderful apple slices.

Caramel Apple Pizza
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Ingredients

9 Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
1 granny Smith apple, sliced thin
1 honey crisp apple, sliced thin
pineapple juice
1/4 cup butter, very soft
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup caramel topping, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Instructions

Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Combine rolls and roll into a 14 inch circle. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest 15-20 minutes. Remove wrap and place dough on a sprayed 12 inch pizza pan. Poke with a fork several times to prevent bubbles from forming. Bake at 350°F 12-15 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Soak apple slices in pineapple juice to prevent browning then place on paper towels to dry. Combine butter and cream cheese and mix well. Add powdered sugar, 1/4 cup caramel topping and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

Spread cooled crust with cream cheese mixture. Arrange apple slices on top. Drizzle with remaining caramel and sprinkle with nuts

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