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Apple and Cream Cheese Pizza How-To

Blogger Gerry Speirs turns apple pie flavors into a tasty dessert pizza.

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Pizza doesn’t always have to be covered in tomato sauce and cheese. In Italy it’s quite common to turn pizza into dessert by sweetening up the dough. This is also a great dish to involve kids in, and guaranteed to be given huge thumbs up. 

I love the simplicity of making this recipe. Just pop open the Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust and you’re ready to go, no need to wait on the dough rising, or even rolling it out. 

The pizza “sauce” is made by mixing cream cheese with cinnamon and brown sugar; see … already it tastes like apple pie. You do have to prebake the pizza crust though, so that the cream cheese has a good foundation to be spread upon.

While the pizza crust is prebaking, you can start on the apples. Use Granny Smiths as they’re packed with flavor and stand up well to the high heat in the oven. Slice them fairly thinly, but not so thin that they’ll fall apart, about a quarter inch. Once the pizza crust is prebaked, spread the cream cheese mixture all over just as you’d do with a pizza sauce. Have the kids help you place the sliced apples on top and you can lay them on in a fan-like design slightly on top of one another.
Leave some space at the edge for the cream cheese to spread out. It won’t get runny, in fact it actually gets firmer like a cheesecake when it gets cooked in the oven.
Once the pizza is completely topped with the sliced apples, place it into the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Check after 5 minutes and watch for the edges of the crust start to turn golden brown. Let the pizza rest for 5 minutes before slicing with a pizza cutter. I cut mine into 3-inch squares and serve them warm. It’s great for dessert or as an after school snack. If you need to reheat the squares, place them in a toaster oven or under a broiler for a few minutes.
Gerry Speirs

About Gerry Speirs of Foodness Gracious

As a stay-at-home dad, Gerry is an expert at making stress-free, delicious meals for his ever-busy family. A three-bites-of-every-meal rule helps his sometimes choosy-kiddos try new flavors (as long as they’re not too spicy).

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