If you’re in the mood for something that tastes similar to an apple pie but don’t want to take the time to make one, try this easy apple pie flatbread pizza with homemade caramel sauce! It’ll be hot and ready in 20 minutes.
Everyone who knows me knows that fall is by far my favorite season. They also know WHY it’s my favorite season: because I can bake all the apple and pumpkin recipes I want and not get judged for it! There’s just something so cozy about a season where on a chilly night I can stay in, bake all kinds of fall goodies, and cuddle up on the couch with my hubby. I love turning my home into a cozy little haven for my family and I to celebrate the season right!
Speaking of all things cozy, I just started a new “Cozy Fall Home” series on my blog for the months of September and October and I’d love for you to take a look! This series is all about finding ways to make our home and all aspects of our lives more cozy and relaxed, even in the midst of stressful times. Here’s the first post of the series!
By September when fall time comes around (or let’s face it, MY fall starts in August!), all I can think about are apple orchards and pumpkin patches. It’s been a family tradition of ours ever since I was little to head to the apple orchard/pumpkin patch as soon as they opened for the season, pick out a pumpkin, ride hayrides and, you know, all the fun stuff! But, a trip wouldn’t be complete without stopping to enjoy a hot apple cider donut and cold apple cider. And we would also be kicking ourselves if we forgot to pick up a peck of apples to take home with us to use for baking sessions later on!
Now that I’ve grown up and have my own family traditions, my husband and I still do this every single year. It’s just so much fun, and I can’t wait to experience it with my daughter who is due in October. I’ve said since I got pregnant with her that she is going to be born during the best month of the year!
So, this year when I got a bag of apples from our local orchard, I decided to get creative with it. I have always LOVED a good old-fashioned apple pie, but I HATE that it takes so much effort and time! I rarely ever have two-three hours to just bake my little heart out in the kitchen (even though I wish I did!). So, when I thought about how I could make things a little simpler, the first thing that came to my mind was an apple pie pizza!
Pizzas are always easy, especially if you have the dough made already. That’s why I decided to go with a refrigerated thin crust dough that I just had to pop and roll out. All you have to do is put it on a baking sheet, sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on top, put your chopped apples on there and stick it in the oven. When it comes out, pour the caramel on top! My husband found this awesome caramel sauce recipe from Life Made Sweeter and we have been using it ever since. I’ve also included a recipe for a powdered sugar glaze/icing for those who don’t like caramel sauce (like me). You can put one or both of them on there, it’s up to you!
This recipe is also perfect for when you need to feed a crowd. It can be doubled or tripled easily and it’s also pretty cheap to make! I would say one batch of this recipe would feed about 4 people, depending on how hungry everyone is. My husband and I finished this off all by ourselves. That’s how good it is ☺ This would also be perfect for Thanksgiving too! Your kids could even help you with this one, it’s so easy!
Easy Apple Pie Flatbread Pizza with Homemade Caramel Sauce
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Baking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 1 can refrigerated thin crust pizza dough
- 2-3 apples (depending on your taste), peeled, cored and diced
- Cinnamon and sugar to taste
Powdered Sugar Glaze
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 4-5 tablespoons whole milk or heavy whipping cream (whipping cream will make it thicker, so if you like a more liquid-y glaze use whole milk)
- 1-2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Caramel Sauce (Recipe from Life Made Sweeter)
- 1 cup granulated sugar (or brown sugar for more thickness)
- 1/4 cup water
- 10 tablespoons heavy cream
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into cubes
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the pizza:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Roll out refrigerated pizza dough onto baking sheet, then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top. Sprinkle diced apples on top and bake for 10 minutes or until crust is cooked through.
For the Glaze:
Mix all ingredients together and pour on top of cooled pizza, if desired.
For the Caramel Sauce:
Start by having all the ingredients ready to go, and near the stove (as sugar can burn quickly). In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan (I use at least a 3-quart cast iron or stainless steel) heat the water and sugar over medium-low heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture starts to just bubble. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Stop stirring and allow mixture to continue boiling until it turns an amber color, this could take anywhere from 4-12 minutes. Remove from heat and turn off the stove. Carefully and slowly whisk in the heavy cream as the mixture will bubble. Mix in the butter, one cube at a time until everything is incorporated. Add vanilla or salt if desired. Allow to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, stirring once or twice. The mixture will thicken up as it cools. *(SEE NOTE to prevent caramel from getting grainy,) Pour into a mason jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Warm for a few minutes in the microwave before serving.
NOTE: **to prevent caramel from getting grainy, you can whisk in 1/2 tablespoon corn syrup in the end
Meet the author:
Madison is a stay at home wife and soon-to-be mommy of a sweet little girl! She blogs about faith, marriage, motherhood, and lifestyle over at The Weaver Fam. Her favorite things to do are spend time with her family, bake, and travel and she’s always up for new adventures!