But it's an Apple Pie.
And it's a handy little recipe to have around. MUCH LESS SUGAR than in a "standard Apple Pie". Only 3 TBS of sugar in the filling, less than a teaspoon in each slice... less than the sugar many folks put in a cup of coffee. Dare I suggest a diet Apple Pie!
But while low in sugar, it certainly does not lose anything in taste.
I grew up in Illinois, close enough to Wisconsin that we enjoyed our fair share of cheese. I had a friend who's father ate any Apple Pie with a slice of melted cheddar cheese on top. This carries that dietary choice a bit further and adds a layer of cheddar, much like a "normal Pizza Pie" has a layer of Mozzarella on the top.
The Pie can be assembled in advance, stored in the fridge and then baked during the last course of a meal so that it arrives hot and GORGEOUS just in time for dessert.
I LOVE THIS RECIPE. Takes very little hands on time (the dough rises for an hour, but no hands on time during that). In fact the dough recipe is made in a food processor, so no need for complicated pizza dough work.
A wonderful payoff in deliciousness, and a wonderful presentation!
One tip... Buy an apple peeler. I am lucky enough to have good friends that I invite to dinner often. They help me review recipes and cookbooks while I get to host small dinner parties every week or so. One of my favorites has started offering small host (ess) gifts like this peeler. At first I poo pooed it, thinking I can peel an apple with a trusty knife and didn't need another gadget.
Boy was I wrong. Since receiving this gift I started making apple pies a couple times a month. The time consuming part turns into about 5 minutes work. If you have kids, the love this part.
And especially for this pizza/apple pie, the pieces are pre cut, evenly cut and make for a wonderful presentation... Take a look, has one of the highest recommendations on Amazon.
OK... Here's what I did...
- FOR THE YEAST BUTTER PASTRY -1/2 Cup Warm Water (about 115 degrees)
- 1 Package (about 2 tsp) Instant (Bread Machine) Yeast
- 2 Cups Flour
- 2 TBS Sugar
- 1/4 Cup (4 TBS or 1/2 a Stick) Butter, cold from the fridge, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 Large Egg Yolk
- FOR THE APPLE PIZZA PIE - 2 TBS Cold Butter
- 3 Firm Apples, I like Honey Crisp or more traditional Granny Smith. Peel, Core and Slice into thin even slices.
- 3 TBS Sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Grated Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 2 TBS Fresh minced Rosemary
- FOR THE DOUGH... Add the yeast to the water in a GLASS measuring cup. Mix with a fork and allow to sit for 5 minutes to dissolve the yeast and begin the blooming process.
- Meanwhile, in the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, sugar and salt and process to mix for a few seconds.
- With the blades running, add the butter one piece at a time , 3 seconds apart to form little beads.
- Add an Egg Yolk to the water/Yeast mix and blend with a fork. Now add this to the Flour mix and process nonstop until a ball forms.
- Place the ball of dough in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm spot allowing the dough to rise for about an hour.
- FOR THE PIZZA PIE...Line a large baking sheet with Parchment Paper.
- Spread the prepared, risen Dough evenly into a pizza shaped circle 12-15 inches, Smooth with a small rolling pin, leaving the edges a little thicker. Brush the edges with Olive Oil. Set this baking sheet in the fridge while you prepare the apples. Peeled, cored and thin slices (even size)
- To Assemble the pie, Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the apple slices with the sugar and cinnamon. Lay these slices in an attractive pattern in a single layer as the filling of the pizza. I like the spiral look, slightly overlapping.
- Dot the apples with the Butter.
- Sprinkle the Cheese over the apples in a thin layer.
- Sprinkle the Rosemary on top of the cheese.
- Bake for 12 Minutes until the Apples have started to brown, the cheese has a bit of a chard crust beginning to appear and the crust has a baked look. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing
- Serve warm, add a scoop of Ice Cream if you like and ENJOY!
These are the desserts you make for your family. No fancy amazing wedding cakes, just the rustic beauty of the classics. From pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to layer cakes, these are what your family craves for dessert. You may even see a few unusual crusts and frosting ideas to try.
You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...
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