Saturday Sweets: Apple Crumble Pizza

Well, it’s early in the season (in fact, the season is being stinkin’ elusive), but I feel confident declaring this my favourite new fall dessert.  You all know how much I love my apple crumble, and I stand by my bold claim that it is the best ever, but this whole wheat apple crumble pizza?

Apple Crumble Fruit Pizza

I LIKE IT EVEN BETTER.  Better than best ever.

Whole wheat apple crumble fruit pizza

Oh apple crisp, don’t be like that.

If you like it then you should have put a ring on it.


Oh dear.

When I like something this much, all bets on my composure are off.  I kitchen dance. And sing.  Badly. 

One day my kids will be embarassed by me, but so far they adopt a healthy “If you can’t beat her (aka make her stop), join her” approach.

That song is literally going to be in my (and your?) head for a week.  Sorry.

I don’t really have much else to say.  This is, hands down, the first thing you need to make when you get your hands on some apples.  I made this a few weeks ago, set it in front of my family, and blinked.

apple crumble pizza gone

Then I immediately made two more the same day.  Those all eaten or given away, I made 4 more the very next week, and quickly squirrelled a couple away in my freezer before we could devour them.  This is perfect apple crumble with a layer of cinnamon sugar cookie underneath.  Add that it’s made with all whole wheat flour and oats, and, of course, apples, and this qualifies as downright healthy.  Don’t forget the generous scoop of ice cream, preferably something with caramel happening – we don’t want our desserts getting toooo healthy up in here.

Apple Crumble Fruit Pizza

What favourite apple recipe will you be casting aside to make this?

Whole Wheat Apple Crumble Pizza

5.0 from 2 reviews
Whole Wheat Apple Crumble Pizza
 
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A buttery, oaty apple crumble on top of a giant cinnamon sugar cookie. All-purpose flour can always be substituted for the whole wheat flour. Makes one 12" pizza or two 6" pizzas - these freeze really well!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • APPLE FILLING:
  • 3½ cups peeled, diced apples (about 3 large apples - I used Gala apples)
  • ¼ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • COOKIE BASE:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • CRUMBLE TOPPING:
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp quick cooking or rolled oats
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Peel and dice apples and toss all filling ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease or line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. For the cookie crust, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and ½ cup of the flour. Beat until smooth, then add remaining flour and beat well.
  4. With damp hands, gather dough into a ball and divide in half. Roll each half between two pieces of wax paper or parchment paper to approx. 6" diameter. (Alternatively, make one 12" crust by putting all dough on greased pizza pan and pushing/rolling with damp hands to cover the bottom of the pan. I tried both, and found 2 small pizzas much easier to work with).
  5. When dough is rolled, pick it up on your wax paper or parchment paper and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Divide apple mixture evenly over both crusts.
  6. For topping, melt butter in a medium bowl, then add all other ingredients and mix until butter is evenly distributed. Divide evenly over apples.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until apples are tender and crumble is golden.
  8. Let cool on pan for 10 minutes before using a large spatula to gently slide onto a cooling rack.
  9. Store at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-5 days, or wrap tightly and freeze (see note).
Notes
If frozen, you can still bake this exactly as directed - it is fully cooked, so you only need to warm it up. If it's room temperature or refrigerated, throw it in the oven on a baking sheet after making dinner (with the oven turned off). The residual heat in the oven will make it the perfect temperature for dessert!

*Recipe adapted from Texanerin.

 

 

Comments

  1. Arenda says

    This dessert was delicious! I really liked the addition of the cookie base (I just spread it out on the bottom of a pie plate).

  2. says

    Aaah! You made it?! And it’s the best EVER?! Eeeeeee! What a fun surprise. I just came on over here to do some reading and find this little surprise. It’s like… the best ever. ;)

    So happy that you liked it! It’s really terribly addictive, isn’t it?

  3. Alicia Louwerse says

    I can agree with Anna and say this is SO SO GOOD!!! I was a lucky recipient of this dessert and must admit I hid an extra piece away for myself. I can’t wait to make it!

  4. Sharon says

    This looks great! A definite try! Mark LOVES apple crumble as well.. so we will have to see how he rates this one!! :)
    On a side note… do you not get apples in Canada all year round???

    • says

      We do get apples all year, but they’re way easier to get fresh and cheap when they’re in season, which is around now. I’m hoping to try apple picking for this first time this year (although I used to do it in our backyard when I lived at home, but it’s been awhile :))

  5. maria vandeburgt says

    Hi, I have been following your blog for awhile and love what you do! Today’s recipe looks so yummy that I will be making this next week for sure!

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