Apple season is upon us! I may have mentioned before that I live right in the heart of Somerset apple country, where orchards offer an abundance and the best ciders are brewed, and that I have more trees than is probably wise in a garden as small as mine. All this means that as autumn gets into its stride I try to find as many ways of using these delicious lovelies as I can. Today I am popping them onto a pillowy pizza base to make Hazelnut and Apple Pizza – hoorah!
What’s So Special About This Apple Pizza?
My children looked at me as if I had totally lost the plot when I told them what I was up to but they were soon eating their words of ridicule along with tasty slices of hot apple pizza! They are not a fan of sweet desserts, most of them would prefer another helping of savoury, but my recipe for sweet pizza isn’t overly sweet. It has no added sugar, relying instead on the apples and the sultanas natural sweetness.
I did ask whether they thought it could be improved with a spoonful of crunchy Demerara on top but the consensus of opinion, in my house at least, was no.
If you have a sweeter tooth feel free to sprinkle some of those delectable crystals on top during baking, I reckon it would taste pretty amazing!
Hazelnuts, toasted, chopped and sprinkled on top add a lovely texture and crunch while the thin apple slices crisp up at the edges but stay soft and juicy in the middle. The apple slices were tossed in a little apple juice and a pinch of cinnamon before being arranged on the pizza base. The smell while they were cooking was delicious!
This apple and hazelnut pizza makes an excellent after school snack, a mid afternoon pick me up or an autumnal dessert. It is perfect to share with friends and family.
Be prepared, for those who scoff as you bake it will, almost certainly, scoff it when it’s baked! Make extra, this one vanished far too quickly for my liking!
Making Sweet Pizza Dough
Find the complete printable recipe with ingredients, measurements and method at the end of this post or read on for more tips, tricks and alternatives!
- Sweet pizza dough doesn’t need to be sweetened, the toppings provide all the sweetness you need.
- This quantity will make two large pizzas or 16 slices and is generous enough to share with friends.
- If you can’t be bothered to make pizza dough from scratch you can buy it frozen in most supermarkets now. Use fresh dough (or frozen fresh dough, defrosted) rather than using a ready made pizza base for this though – the way the dough puffs up around the apple slices makes it even more delicious.
Toppings For Sweet Pizzas
In my opinion apple pizza is very hard to beat as a sweet pizza topping but here are some alternatives to ring the changes.
- vegan cream cheese topped with summer fruits (try blueberries, redcurrants or raspberries)
- vegan nutella and chopped nuts
- raspberry jam and chocolate chips
- mincemeat and almond flakes – great at Christmas as an alternative to mince pies or strudel! Top it with some vegan brandy butter or ice cream.
Looking For More Vegan Sweet Treats? Try These:
- Chocolate Tiffin – an easy no bake fridge cake
- Toffee Apple Popcorn
- Vegan Chocolate Mousse
- Toffee Apples
More Apples Than You Know What To Do With? Cook These:
- Apple and celeriac soup
- Cider and apple tart
- Spiced apple juice
- Vegan Sausage and Apple Casserole with Cider
For the Pizza Dough
- 125 g plain flour (all purpose flour)
- 125 g strong white bread flour
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp easy bake yeast
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
For the Pizza Topping
- 3 red skinned apples
- 100 g hazelnuts
- 50 g sultanas
- 2 tbsp apple juice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
To Make the Pizza Dough
- Put the flours, salt and yeast into a large bowl, mix well to combine.
- Add oil and 160ml (2/3 cup) warm water and mix together until you get a rough dough. Turn out and knead on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic (you can do this in a mixer with a dough hook if you prefer).
- Lightly grease a large bowl and add your dough, turning it so it has a light coating of oil all over. Cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place until doubled in size. This takes about an hour but will depend on temperature in your kitchen.
- When it has doubled in size, knock it back with your fingers (punch it lightly until it collapses), divide into two pieces and roll out into two large pizza circles.
To Make the Pizza Topping
- While the pizza dough is rising toast the hazelnuts lightly in a large dry frying pan over a gentle heat until slightly browner and smelling toasty. Leave to cool and chop into chunky pieces.
- Slice the apples thinly, avoiding the core, and toss in the apple juice and cinnamon.
Assemble the Pizza
- Preheat the oven to 220C/425F
- Place your pizza bases onto pizza trays, stretch to fill the trays.
- Arrange your soaked apple slices on top, sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts and the sultanas. Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon to taste.
- Cook in the preheated oven for 10 - 15 minutes until browned and aromatic.
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