Warm apple pie pizza

September 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
California Pizza Kitchen is revealing their secret recipes in a family cookbook. CPK General Manager Doug Beima prepared a sweet dessert you can find only in the book -- warm apple pie pizza.

Warm Apple Pie Pizza
Makes one 13-inch pizza, two 9-inch pizzas, or four 6-inch pizzas
Top this one with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

  • ½ Cup light brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ Cup all-purpose Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, very cold
  • 14 ounces Neapolitan Pizza Dough (page 16 in book)
  • 1 teaspoon Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 large Granny Smith Apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

    Special Equipment
    16-inch pizza stone, wooden pizza peel
    1-inch pastry brush

    Preparation

    1. Place a seasoned (or oiled) pizza stone in the middle of your oven and preheat to 450 F, at 30 minutes.

    2. Combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl and blend with your hands. Don't worry if there are small lumps of brown sugar; they will melt during baking. Cut the butter into tiny cubes and add to the bowl. Blend the butter in with your fingertips, working just there are no chunks of butter visible.

    3. Shape the dough according to the recipe on page 16(if making more than one pizza, try to make them at the same time). Combine the corn syrup with ¼ teaspoon water and brush this mixture on the outer inch of the dough.

    4. Arrange the apple slices in pinwheel pattern over the dough (do not overlap the slices), and cover the entire surface with brown sugar mixture.

    5. Transfer to the oven and back for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the crust and topping are nicely browned. Remove from the oven, slice and serve immediately.
    You can purchase the "California Pizza Kitchen Family Cookbook" on their website: www.cpk.com OR buy the book on Amazon.com.


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