One of the pizza/ pasta joints we frequent with the kids serves apple pie pizza as one of their desserts, and after looking at it for many weeks I decided to try making it at home. I have always loved apple pie filling – in college days I would cook the apple pie filling over the stove top and just eat the filling without any pastry.
The apple pie filling and pastry are both made from scratch, and it was a big hit. Hubs and the kids wiped out more than half of it after I was done with the photography.
Apple Pie Filling Recipe
(from All Recipes, scaled down and with my own adjustments)
- 700 grams apples, peeled and chopped into 1cm cubes
- Dash of lemon juice
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup water *
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1.5 cups brown sugar *
- 1 tbsp cornstarch *
* I reduced the amount of water in the original recipe after reading the reviews, and added in the cornstarch to thicken the mixture slightly. I also used brown sugar in place of white, simply cos my kitchen had run out of white sugar!
Toss the apple cubes in some lemon juice to prevent browning, however I tossed mine in some salt water as it is what I have seen my granny do since I was a small child. Mix the cinnamon, sugar and water in a pot and bring to the boil. Add the apples and cornstarch to the mix and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly. ( I cooked longer than the 6-8 minutes recommended as I wanted the apples to be really soft). This yields a filling mix that is not too runny.
Pastry Recipe (not the regular pizza dough recipe)
Fits 10 inch pizza pan
(from All Recipes)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
Cream the butter and sugar until smooth, then fold in the flour until just combined.
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar
Preheat oven to 175 degree Celsius, and spread the dough in a pizza pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until golden. Spread the apple filling mixture over the top of the crust and sprinkle the topping over it. Return to the oven and bake for a further 25- 30 minutes. Dust lightly with icing sugar.
And in the afternoon when Z1 went down with some of the neighbours, I packed him a slice in a Lunchbots Duo to bring along for his snack. I added a sliced apple and some pretzels for his snack.
I will be submitting this to Little Accidents In the Kitchen for Aspiring Bakers #35.