Saturday 27 April 2013

Hot Apple Pizza Recipe

Today I have a rather unusual dessert recipe for you. This is a vegetarian dessert that can be made ahead and which is great for serving outdoors for barbecues and other events. Kids are also guaranteed to love this dessert!

Just to show that pizzas do not always have to be savoury, here is a classic vegetarian dessert pizza recipe. This is perfect served with yoghurt or cream and makes an excellent alternative dessert for a barbecue.

Hot Apple Pizza

Serves: 4–6


Hot Apple Pizza: Classic vegetarian dessert pizza topped with sliced apples, raisins and hazelnuts

For the Base:

15g (1/2 oz) fresh yeast (or 1 sachet active, dried, yeast)
50ml (1/5 cup)
75g (3 oz) strong wholemeal bread flour
50g (2 oz) strong white flour
15g (1/2 oz) butter or margarine
1/2 tbsp concentrated apple juice

For the Topping:

2 dessert apples (red-skinned ones if possible)
25g (1 oz) raisins
25g (1 oz) hazelnuts
1 tbsp concentrated apple juice
15g (1/2 oz) butter or margarine


Begin with the base. Cream together the yeast and the water until smooth, add 1 tsp flour and set aside in a warm place for about 15 minutes or until the mixture is frothy.

In a bowl, mix together the flours and the cinnamon. Add the butter and rub into the flour mix with your fingertips until the mixture resembles crumbs. Add the yeast mixture and the concentrated apple juice then mix to a stiff dough (add more water as needed).
Knead well to combine then turn the dough onto a floured work surface.

Roll the dough into a circle about 23cm (9 in) in diameter. Cover with clingfilm (plastic wrap) and set aside to rise for about 15 minutes.

In the meantime, slice the apples evenly into thin wedges and arrange these over the pizza base. Sprinkle over the raisins and hazelnuts then drizzle the concentrated apple juice over the top. Dot with the butter then transfer to a large baking tray or pizza dish.

Place in the centre of an oven pre-heated to 200ºC (400ºF, Gas Mark 6) and bake for about 18 minutes, or until the base is golden and crispy and the apples are nicely browned and soft.

Serve warm, accompanied by yoghurt, ice cream or cream.

Plums, mangos, pears and papaya also work well in place or in addition to the apples.

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