Apple Dessert Pizza is a sweet, soft dessert pizza that is topped with a homemade apple pie filling, cinnamon butter topping, and a sweet glaze. Try my Cactus Bread for a non-apple version. 

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Apple Dessert Pizza

It’s fun to try different toppings on pizza, and sweet toppings are no exception to this rule. This Apple Dessert Pizza comes together so quickly and will satisfy your sweet tooth with its cinnamon apple flavors and sweet glaze. And, my homemade apple pie filling is delicious on this pizza.

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Apple Dessert Pizza Ingredients

Apple Pie Filling: Try making your own filling to taste the difference. If you don’t have time for that, you can always use a store-bought can of apple pie filling!

Self-rising Flour: It is important that you use self-rising flour. Self-rising flour actually has baking powder and salt in it, which is why those ingredients are not listed in the recipe. It also has a much lower protein level compared to all-purpose flour.

Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt has a higher protein content than other yogurts. But, be careful when you choose yogurt; many times they have lots of added sugar. Look for unsweetened Greek yogurt for the healthiest option. You can use any flavor yogurt you have on hand as a substitution. 

Process of Adding Ingredients to Apple Cactus Bread - Apple Dessert Pizza

Can I Make the Dough Ahead of Time?

Sure! Just make the dough and knead it to a smooth consistency. Wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use, up to 3 days.

Adding Glaze to Apple Cactus Bread - Apple Dessert Pizza

Do I Have to Use Self-Rising Flour?

Yes, in this recipe you do. However, this recipe might work in a pinch as a substitute!

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Just whisk everything together in a bowl and use it for this recipe. (Note: The ingredient amounts are for making 3 cups of flour.)

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Apple Dessert Pizza

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Apple Dessert Pizza is a sweet, soft dessert pizza that is topped with a homemade apple pie filling, cinnamon butter topping, and a sweet glaze.

Ingredients

Crumble Topping

  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter, cold, cubed
  • ¾ cup (94 g) all-purpose flour
  • cup (42 g) confectioners' sugar

Crust

  • 3 cups (375 g) self-rising flour
  • 2 cups (570 g) Greek yogurt, full fat

Cinnamon Butter Topping

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Glaze

  • 1 cup (125 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole milk, room temperature

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a pizza stone or baking sheet with parchment paper.

Crumble Topping

  • In a medium bowl, combine the cold cubed butter, flour, and confectioners' sugar. Using your fingers, sift the flour mixture over the butter and then start breaking down each cube into pea-sized pieces. When done, every ingredient should be well incorporated. (It is ok to have a few chunks.) Place in the refrigerator until ready to add the crumble.

Crust

  • In a large bowl, add the self-rising flour and yogurt. Use a spoon to mix together as well as you can, then switch to your clean hands.
  • Mix with hands until ingredients are coming together and then turn out onto a clean surface to knead for about 5 minutes. If the dough is too dry (crumbly), add a tablespoon of yogurt. If it is too wet, add a tablespoon of self-rising flour. Once the dough is kneaded and smooth, roll it out into a 10 to 12-inch circle. It should be about ¼-inch thick.
  • Place dough on the lined pizza stone or baking sheet and bake 5-10 minutes, or until the edges just start to brown. Remove from oven. (It will bake again once toppings are added.)

Cinnamon Butter Topping

  • While the dough is baking for the first time, melt together butter, sugar, and cinnamon in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir.

Glaze

  • Mix the confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk in a bowl until smooth and creamy. If too thick, add in another tablespoon milk. Set aside.

Assembly

  • After the dough has been removed from the oven, brush the cinnamon butter over the semi-baked crust in a thin layer, covering the entire surface.
  • Spread the apple pie filling over the cinnamon butter.
  • Sprinkle the cold crumble topping evenly over the apple pie filling.
  • Place the dessert pizza back in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the crumble turns golden brown.
  • When done, remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  • After it has cooled down a little bit, drizzle with the glaze. Serve immediately.

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Reader Comments

  1. It’s a great recipe, I just think I didn’t do a good job. The trouble is the crust, it came out about 1/2 inch thick (baked). I rolled it out to the instructions, but once baked it was quite thick, the huz complained. A lot of work went into making this and he’s letting it sit after having one “large” piece. I made it 12-4-2020. What did I do wrong!!!

    1. You didn’t do anything wrong! That is a risk we take with the 2-ingredient pizza crust. If it was not to his liking, you can use a traditional pizza crust or even use a pre-made pizza crust from the grocery store.

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