November 14, 2011

Whole Wheat Autumn Apple Pizza

Oh hello there Monday. We meet again.

I'm never quite ready for you Monday. Most Sunday nights I cook a warm comforting dinner and sit down on the couch with my hubby and watch our Sunday night Tv. Have you seen that new show, Once Upon a Time? It's so good. Afterwards I linger on the couch, dreading that I have to get up and figure out lunches for the next day.

I wish I had packed some of this leftover pizza for my lunch today.

But there were no leftovers!

This pizza is insanely delicious. And actually nutritious! It's covered in apples after all, right? I made this pizza while talking to a friend via Skype. She was so excited to be a part of my kitchen and see this pizza come together. Sadly, we lost connection right before the pizza was ready to come out of the oven. I had to post this for her today (and for you), so that she can get a move on and make it herself! ;P

Source: How Sweet It Is

For the dough:
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

In the bowl of your electric mixer with an attached dough hook, combine warm water, yeast, honey and oil and mix with a spoon. Let sit for 10-15 minutes until foamy, then add in flour and salt. Mix on low speed until just combined, then turn to medium speed to knead the dough for 5-6 minutes. If it seems to sticky, add a bit more flour 1 tablespoon at a time.

Brush a separate bowl with olive oil, add dough, turning once, then set in a warm place to rise for 1 1/2-2 hours. Cover with a towel.

For the pizza:
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large apple, very thinly sliced
5 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into squares
1 small red onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup freshly grated gouda cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
8-10 sage leaves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 15 minutes befor dough is ready to use, slice onions. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, then add onions with a sprinkle of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, soft and juicy. In the last minute, add garlic and cook for 60 seconds, then set aside off heat. While onions are cooking, cut bacon. Place on a paper-towel lined plate, and cover with another paper towel. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, just until the fat is rendered so the pizza is not incredible greasy. Set aside.

Remove pizza dough from the bowl and throw on a floured surface. Using a rolling pin or your hands, roll and shape it into your desired shape. Brush with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with nutmeg. Slice apples (do not do this earlier unless you don’t mind brown apples), then add about 1/4 cup cheese onto the dough. Place a layer of apples on the cheese, then add the onions and garlic. Add the remaining cheese evenly over top, then finish with bacon and another layer of apples. Add a few pieces of sage if desired.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.

I'm obsessed.


  1. I remember this one from Jessica's site and it looks so good! How fun that you cooked w/ a friend via Skype!

  2. This sounds delicious! I love pizzas with different toppings!

  3. The Skype idea is brilliant. I love it! It solves the kitchen lonelies. :)

    Also, the bacon looks delicious. Neat post!

  4. This looks amazing!!! Apples/bacon on pizza - and cheese - love!

  5. Great idea fro using fruit on pizza;)

  6. Oh Christina! This pizza does look fabulous!!!! Love the sweet and savory combine. This looks like a great meal to help break up the normal holiday meals. Tasty, fresh and unique!


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