Apple Dessert Pizza is a delightful and unique treat that combines the flavors of a classic apple pie with the fun and convenience of a pizza. It starts with a soft focaccia bread crust topped with cinnamon butter spread, apple pie filling, and crumble topping for a little crunch. And then, a simple glaze is drizzled over the top. It will satisfy your sweet tooth with its cinnamon apple flavor and sweet glaze! Enjoy it as a scrumptious after-dinner treat, a special dessert for a gathering, or even as a sweet breakfast option for a cozy weekend morning. If this sounds delicious, I also have Cactus Bread, another spiced dessert pizza, you will love!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Crust: After finally perfecting the crust on my Cactus Bread copycat recipe, I had to also use it for this apple dessert pizza. It is a modified version of my focaccia bread (which you will have to try separately, it’s so good)! I just left out the garlic and Italian seasoning, and it is the most delicious way to enjoy this dessert pizza!
Cinnamon Butter Topping: The cinnamon butter spread is so simple, but packs so much flavor! When spreading it over the crust, you may think that the layer looks a little thin, but it’s enough.
Apple Pie Filling: To make this dessert pizza stand out in flavor, make homemade apple pie filling! It’s better than any filling you can buy at the store and you will use it in pies, desserts, or even as a topping for ice cream! If using canned pie filling, you will need a 21-ounce can.
Crumble: This might be my favorite part of the dessert pizza! It is the same crumble recipe that I use for my Blueberry Lemon Loaf. It is perfect and goes perfectly with this recipe.
Glaze: The glaze is simply confectioners’ sugar and milk. Take a cup of confectioners’ sugar and 1-2 tablespoons of milk. (I prefer whole milk.) Start with 1 tablespoon then add more milk as needed to reach a loosed consistency. Pour the glaze over the warm cactus bread.
Can I use Store-Bought Pizza Dough?
Yes! If you have pizza dough to use, that would work. Bake the dough for 6 minutes at the oven temperature suggested on the pizza dough packaging. Next, remove it from the oven and add the toppings. Put the baking dish back in the oven to bake for an additional 12 minutes (or until the pizza crust is cooked). Let the bread sit for a few minutes before drizzling the glaze.
Can I Use A Different Pan?
Certainly! While a pizza pan is a conventional choice for making dessert pizza, don’t worry if you don’t have one. This dessert can still turn out just as delicious when prepared in an alternative pan. For best results, I suggest using a 9×13-inch baking dish, which works perfectly for the standard crust thickness. If you prefer a thicker crust, a 9×11-inch baking dish would also be suitable. Another option is to use an oven-safe skillet, such as cast iron, for a unique presentation. However, keep in mind that baking times may need to be adjusted when using a different pan.
How To Store Apple Dessert Pizza
Although best served on the day the dessert pizza is baked, don’t let any leftovers go to waste! Once cooled to room temperature, store slices of the pizza in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven or the microwave.
Apple Dessert Pizza
- 1 cup (237 g) water, warmed (about 105°-110°F)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- ⅓ cup (75 g) vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 2 ½ cups (312.5 g) all-purpose flour
Cinnamon Butter Topping
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 can (21 ounces) apple pie filling, about 1 ½ cups homemade
- 1 cup (125 g) confectioners' sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons whole milk
- In a large bowl, combine the water, sugar, and yeast. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes, or until the yeast begins to bloom.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and ½ teaspoon salt.
- Pour half of the oil mixture into the yeast mixture. Set the remaining mixture aside.
- Add the flour and remaining ½ teaspoon salt to the yeast mixture. Stir to combine.
- Add the dough to a greased bowl and cover. Let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place, or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a 12-inch pizza pan with parchment paper.
- Pour the remaining oil mixture onto the lined pizza pan.
- Transfer the risen dough to the pizza pan. Work the dough to the edges and use your fingers to create dimples in the dough.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- While the crust is baking for the first time, make the cinnamon butter and crumble.
Cinnamon Butter Topping
- To a microwave-safe bowl, add butter, granulated sugar, and cinnamon. Heat for about 30 seconds. Stir to combine.
- To make the crumble topping, mix together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, and melted butter in a small bowl.
- After the dough has been removed from the oven, brush the cinnamon butter over the crust in a thin layer, covering the entire surface.
- Spread the apple pie filling over the cinnamon butter layer.
- Sprinkle the crumble topping over the apple pie filling, covering the entire surface to the outer edge.
- Place back into the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until the crumble is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. While the bread is cooling, make the glaze.
- In a separate bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon milk until smooth and creamy. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Drizzle the glaze over the warm pizza. Enjoy!
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
Apple desserts rank pretty high on my list, so throwing it on a dessert pizza was a complete home run for me! The crust is crispy on the edges and soft on the inside, and the apple mixture combined with that crumble is something you might just want to write home about. So good!
This might be my new favorite dessert, seriously! I usually have a l little self-control with sweets, but I could not stop eating this apple dessert pizza! This is the best way to enjoy the flavors of an apple pie in a fun-to-eat pizza!
The flavors remind me of an apple pie! The crust is actually quite thick and fluffy. This dessert is a bit sweet for me because of the glaze and topping but it still remains appetizing. Perfect for apple-dessert lovers!
This is amazing! I absolutely love this! I was surprised how yummy it was. Just hit the sweet tooth just right!