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Pizza with apples and spices

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This entire week, I'm devoting time to the Super Bowl this coming weekend by sharing recipes for pizza. Pizza is a staple at many Super Bowl parties and while frozen pizza and pizza restaurants make for good pizza from a convenience standpoint, making your own is always fun. If you missed the recipes I've given for pizza this week, here are the links to the "Vegetable Pizza", "Easy Deep-Dish Pizza", and "Strawberry Pizza":

http://www.examiner.com/article/preparing-for-the-super-bowl-with-pizza

http://www.examiner.com/article/more-pizza-for-the-super-bowl

http://www.examiner.com/article/strawberries-create-a-pizza-for-dessert

I'm passing along another dessert pizza, which is for an "Apple Pizza". This one will remind you of an apple pie, especially since it has Cheddar cheese in the crust. This is not difficult to make and it's basically a cross between apple pie and apple crisp. If you enjoy these apple desserts, then this pizza will be one you'll want to place in your recipe files!

The crust is much like a regular pastry crust. You combine flour and salt and cut in shortening. The cheese is added and iced water is gradually added to make the dough. This is then patted out onto a large pizza pan. The topping consists of baking apples, along with a crumbly sugar and spice mixture. Half of the crumbly mixture is placed on the crust, followed by the apples. The remaining crumbly mixture has butter cut into it and goes over the apples. It's now ready for baking and it's great served warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or simply served as is.

You'll notice in the recipe that it calls for powdered coffee creamer. This is an unusual ingredient to use in a dessert, but it adds a richer flavor to the dessert. If you don't use this item very much (like me, since I'm not a coffee drinker), you can freeze this and it'll last a good while. You can remove it from the freezer as you need it. For the apples, I would suggest a Granny Smith apple, since they bake exceptionally well. Any good baking apple is suggested, since not all apples bake well. I would also suggest the Rome Beauty, as well as the Granny Smith, since these apples hold up well under heat.

If you're still trying to come up with some ideas for what to serve at your Super Bowl party, here's a link to a video to give you some last-minute food ideas:

http://www.examiner.com/article/last-minute-super-bowl-party-planning-an...

If apples appeal to you and you would like a new apple dessert recipe, this Super Bowl weekend would be just the time to give it try!

APPLE PIZZA

Crust:

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup iced water

Mix the flour and salt. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut the shortening into the flour mixture until mixture is fairly coarse. Stir in the cheese. Gradually add enough of the water to make a dough (it may not be necessary to use all of the water). Round the dough up into a ball. Press onto a large pizza pan, turning up the edges to form a rim. Set aside.

Topping:

  • 6 cups thinly sliced baking apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered coffee creamer
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup butter

In a large bowl, mix the apples and lemon juice and set aside. Mix the remaining ingredients, except for the butter. Spread half of the mixture over the prepared crust. Cut the butter into the remaining dry mixture to make fine crumbs. Spread the apples over the crust and sprinkle the remaining dry mixture over all. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or plain. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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