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4.5 from 4 votes

Apple Butter Pizza

Enjoy my tribute to Autumn with my Apple Butter Pizza. You'll love the combination of flavors. A crisp pizza crust, Gorgonzola cheese, baby arugula leaves, and toasted pine nuts will make you happy it's getting colder outside.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time31 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple butter, homemade pizza
Servings: 4
Calories: 623kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley

Ingredients

Pizza Dough

  • 3 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 1 ¾ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1 ¾ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Pizza Topping

  • ½ cup apple butter
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • ½ tart apple –sliced thin
  • ½ cup gorgonzola cheese
  • ½ cup baby arugula leaves
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts

Instructions

Pizza Dough

  • In your stand mixer bowl, add 1 ¼ cups of warm water (100 -105 degrees F or 38-40 C)
  • Sprinkle dry active yeast and sugar on top of water, allow to sit for 10 minutes until yeast gets creamy
  • In another bowl, mix flour with sea salt
  • Add flour to yeast mixture and using a dough hook, mix until a coarse ball has formed on the dough hook (approx., 2-3 minutes)
  • Allow dough to rest in bowl, with a damp towel covering the bowl, for 5 minutes.
  • Continue to mix using dough hook on medium to low speed for about 2 more minutes
  • (if the dough is too sticky to hold its shape add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until its firm enough. If the dough is too dry add water one tablespoon at a time until moist enough)
  • Coat a bowl with extra virgin olive oil and place the dough into the bowl and coat dough with olive oil, place a damp kitchen towel over the bowl and allow to rise for 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Divide dough into 2 dough balls and place on a floured surface and cover with a damp kitchen towel (not terry) and allow to rise until doubled in size (about 2 hours)
  • Form dough into 12-14 inch pizza (free form) placing on pizza peel or cookie sheet .
  • I used a pizza stone on my grill (my grill goes to 650 degrees when closed), you can make the pizza in a household oven if you like, just increase the time and set your oven to 450. Preheat your oven 20 minutes before you are ready to use it
  • Mix apple butter and tomato paste together to make your pizza sauce

Pizza Topping

  • Spread apple butter pizza sauce on your formed dough
  • Place sliced apples randomly on top of sauce
  • Use ½ of gorgonzola cheese, sprinkle on top of your pizza (try to hit the apples with some of the cheese)
  • Bake until bottom of pizza crust is browned 5-6 minutes in a grill 11-14 in your oven
  • Remove pizza from oven and top with baby arugula leaves and the remainder of the gorgonzola crumbles, and toasted pine nuts.
  • Cut into slices and serve immediately with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and crushed red peppers if you like a little heat on your pizza.

Notes

I used my grill for this pizza, it cooks at 650 F degrees (343 C) If you use a conventional oven at 450 degrees F, (232 C) increase your cooking time to between 10-14 minutes depending upon your oven.

Nutrition

Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 1486mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 8.8mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 6.4mg