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deep-dish apple pie pizza

Nothing's really that simple.

On this blog, I often worry that I am compelled to portray myself as this teenage Martha Stewart-wannabe, but that's not reality.

If I were Lauren Conrad or Martha Stewart, this would be different.  It is their job to look super fabulous and manicured for their readers -- exhibiting guru-like knowledge on flower arrangements and sock buns that don't look stupidFor me, this whole blogging thing is a little different.  I don't have endless funds to spend on peonies, my hair will never look good in a sock bun, and I have no authority to tell you all how to mix a pink mimosa.

my beautiful, blank pizza canvas

My goal is to get closer to you all as readers and tell it like it is.  I want you to be able to read my blog posts and be all like "whoa, she gets it!," or "omg me too." Definitely not a "my life is in shambles, how can I be more like her" (because believe me, my life is in shambles sometimes too).

Yes, I have a collection of vintage mason jars and milk bottles, I have a bin dedicated to washi tape, and I make my own granola.  But that is just one side of me.

The part that you don't see as much is the fact that I am a worrier, I enjoy a little bit (lot a bit) of mess in my room, and I am often very stubborn. Thus, along with the baker's twine, DSLR shots, and confectioners sugar comes real feelings, real mistakes, and the real joy beyond making a photogenic batch of cupcakes.  Also, I often eat things straight out of the fridge (i.e. not plated with perfect lighting and garnishes). 

One of my favorite things to eat standing up at the fridge is apple pie.  My dad used to always buy those grocery store apple pies, and I'd always keep standing up, sneaking over to the fridge and eating just a little sliver (by the end of the hour the pie was usually half eaten).  That apple pie tasted so much better than warm apple pie all served up with ice cream and whipped cream and a mint spring (mint does not belong on apple pie).  Something about the cold, gooey, finger-food nature of it made it just that amazing.

Pizza is another classic "fridge food,"  cold pizza straight from the fridge is a delecacie of its own.  It tastes nothing like pizza, but it tastes pretty good!

look at that big, fat crust!
Enough chit-chat.  Let's talk about this pizza. This is a real life recipe.

Ain't nobody got time to make real apple pie on a school night.  But we've got time for pizza pie. This pizza version of apple pie is all of the cinnamon-y apple goodness without the opressive pastry/pie crust rolling! (especially if you use store-bought pizza dough... that's real life)

The thing is, real life often tastes better than "ideal life" (a life in which I made a mile-high apple pie with a rum syrup reduction with apples that I picked from my garden). This strange amalgamation of the classy, the trashy, and the unique creates something truly spectacular.  This pizza is a wonderful hybrid between you're grandmother's apple pie (classy), Domino's Cinnastix (trashy), and a cream cheese frosting drizzled cinnamon buns (unique?). 

The end result? Something perfect to eat standing up at the fridge.

If you're looking for more easy-peasy pizza recipes to eat standing up at the fridge, you're in luck. It's Pizza Week on NoshOn.It! Checkout the hashtag #PizzaWeek on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or check out the Pizza Week Pinterest Board.  The inspiration is endless!

Some favorites are:
Gerry's Prosciutto, Pistachio, and Burrata Pizza  
Amy's Kimchi Pizza
Shanna's Grilled Pineapple, Crispy Pork Belly, Burrata and Arugula Pizza

With love,

it's so gooey I'm gonna die!!!!!

for the dough:
2 packets of active dry yeast (1/4 oz. each)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups all purpose flour (plus more for surface)

(alternatively, you could use store-bought dough)

for the filling:
1/4 cup sugar
1 8oz block of cream cheese, softened

for the topping:
one small apple, thinly sliced
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons cold butter

First, make the pizza dough. 

Pour 1 1/2 cups of warm water into a large bowl, stir in yeast, and let stand for about 5 minutes until foamy. 

Whisk in the sugar, oil, and salt.  Add flour and stir until the mixture forms a sticky dough.  Transfer to a clean, oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Set aside in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size (about 1 hour).  

Preheat the oven to 460 degrees F. 

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll the ball of dough out into a big circle. 
Now, make the filling.  Beat together the sugar and cream cheese until it becomes a uniform mixture.  Spoon this mixture evenly around the crust, about an inch from the edge.  Fold the edges over the cream cheese to seal it inside the crust.  

Lay the sliced apples out on the dough.  Sprinkle generously with cinnamon.  

Now, prepare the streusel.  Crumble together the 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour, white sugar, brown sugar and butter until the butter is the size of pebbles.  Sprinkle this mixture generously all over the pizza.  Give the pizza another nice sprinkling of cinnamon. 

Bake in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.  Remove from the oven, and enjoy while warm!

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  1. OH, THIS PIZZA. The cream cheese-stuffed crust is making me weak in the knees.

    1. Thank you so much! Cheesy crust is my life, so this idea came naturally :)

  2. I love dessert pizza! Your photos are stunning! I am with you on the sock bun, I can't make it look good to save my life!

    1. Thank you so much... people who look cute in a sock bun are not human :0

  3. Holy moly! I love that stuffed crust! I'm a horrible baker, but this is one apple pie that I think I could make! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you! Definitely let me know if you try it out!

  4. Wow, seriously? This is genius and that stuffed crust looks awesome! Great choice :)

    1. Thank you! I checked out your blog and I love it! Your pizza week pizza looks awesome!

  5. This is a wonderful and novel idea! I love reading your entries, btw--you've cultivated a really great writing voice that is so soothing...guess that's why I love popping over here when I can. As for omgItotallyunderstand moments, I've had so many of those just reading--but I've gotten especially worse (or better?) at standing at the counter with my food and usually even eating it with my bare hands. Sometimes even rice and stuff. And then I always look around with the paranoia that I forgot to shut the blinds and my good-looking neighbor is walking by judging super big time. Anyway, this pie pizza really does look top-notch and top-nosh. Delish!

    1. Thank you! I am so glad that you find my voice "soothing." What a compliment! :) Hahaha and I totally feel you, I eat quinoa with my bare hands sometimes (it's a talent). :) Thank you Ala!

  6. This looks unreal! Such a brilliant idea...that stuffed crust is killing me. Pinned!

    1. Thank you Rachel! Let me know if you make it! You could sub the apples for other, in season fruits if you would like!

  7. Oh my goshhh that crust that crust that crust. Swoooooon. And for what it's worth, I think you are a totally relatable teen blogger!!! Even though I am a few years out of my teens...I can often totally relate :) (Esp to the eating apple pie out of the fridge! And pizza. And cake. Pretty much everything...)

    1. Thank you so much! I know... that crust was the real deal. And this pizza out of the fridge.... out of this world!

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  9. Ok, I have to say that this looks absolutely delicios! I really hope that it turns out just as good when I'll try the recipe.

    Eugen @ The Munch Ado Blog

    1. Thank you! Send me an email or tweet at me if you make the recipe!

  10. OH MY GOSH. You have the key to my heart, girly. Apples + pizza... how can you go wrong?! Definitely just pinned this. Good to know I'm not the only one who eats things straight from the fridge :) sometimes I feel so bad when I eat food off of a paper towel or something lol!

    1. So glad you like this recipe! Let me know if you make it! And I totally feel ya on that paper towel guilt :)

  11. This looks delicious. And I am so with you on both cold apple pie and cold pizza, both for breakfast!

  12. Oh goodness - this looks so so wrong yet so so right, is that even allowed?!?!
    I totally get where you're coming from with the whole real food eaten straight out of the fridge scenario :)
    Uni life and deadlines mean I really have better things to be doing that endless string some fancy meal
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

    1. Haha same with the high school life! Glad you can relate! And I don't know if this is even allowed.... but it sure was tasty! ;)

  13. Oh my goodness, that looks delicious!!!
    By the way, I can totally relate. I love eating stuff out of the fridge, and I never thought anything weird about it! Also, I want to make my blog posts sound like that too. :)

    1. Thank you! We can work on it together!

    2. What kind of Apple would you use? Granny Smith? Or A tart/firm red? would you ever combine? I feel like this is the type for a green apple?

    3. Of course! You're doing great so far!!! Tell me how I'm doing?

  14. Thanks for the recipes and great photos! When I saw this I had to make it right away. I love baking with yeast dough. And almost everyone in my family loved it (which is huge for a family of 5) ;) The crust really reminded me of those bagelfuls from the grocery store. Yummy. I will definitely be making this again. I think I'll make it for all my girl fam. members on our girly weekend getaway!

    1. Thank you! Ahh I am so glad you tried it out! Next time you make it share a picture with me! I would love to see! :)

  15. ok i need to go have breakfast... i just drooled on my computer after this post!! ^__^

  16. I just discovered your blog, and I'm pretty sure you're a genius. :) That looks amazing... like a gooey, apple-y pizza galette.

    1. I'm so glad you found me! Thank you!

  17. Looks amazing!!! Oh dear me!!! This looks amazing. I think I may take a few brachs Carmel squares, chop them up & add them to the cream cheese mix (so I get a Carmel studded cream cheese filling) but first I will have to try it just like you made it :) do you think roll out croissant dough would work too? (For a more flaky version?)

    1. Thank you! And YES! You are a genius! Caramel deep dish apple pie... that's a whole new level, and croissant dough?!? Damn girl that's good :) Let me know how that turns out (I'm sure it'll be wonderful).


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