A TASTE OF FALL WITH MY APPLE BUTTER PIZZA

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 6 mins
Total Time: 31 mins
Servings: 4
INGREDIENTS
PIZZA DOUGH
  • 3 cup ½ all-purpose flour 420 g
  • 1 cup ¼ water 300 ml
  • 1 tsp ¾ . active dry yeast 9 g
  • 1 tsp ¼ . sugar 6 g
  • 1 tsp ¾ . sea salt 9 g
  • 1 tbsp . olive oil 15 ml
PIZZA TOPPING
  • cup ½ Mussleman’s Apple Butter 120 ml
  • cup ½ Contadina Tomato Paste with Italian herbs 120 ml
  • ½ tart apple –sliced thin I used Gala
  • cup ½ gorgonzola cheese 113 g
  • cup ½ baby arugula leaves 10 g
  • 2 tbsp . toasted pine nuts 30 g
INSTRUCTIONS
PIZZA DOUGH
  1. In your stand mixer bowl, add 1 ¼ cups of warm water (100 -105 degrees F or 38-40 C)
  2. Sprinkle dry active yeast and sugar on top of water, allow to sit for 10 minutes until yeast gets creamy
  3. In another bowl, mix flour with sea salt
  4. 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)
  5. Allow dough to rest in bowl, with a damp towel covering the bowl, for 5 minutes.
  6. Continue to mix using dough hook on medium to low speed for about 2 more minutes
  7. (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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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)
  10. Form dough into 12-14 inch pizza (free form) placing on pizza peel or cookie sheet .
  11. 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
  12. Mix apple butter and tomato paste together to make your pizza sauce
PIZZA TOPPING
  1. Spread apple butter pizza sauce on your formed dough
  2. Place sliced apples randomly on top of sauce
  3. Use ½ of gorgonzola cheese, sprinkle on top of your pizza (try to hit the apples with some of the cheese)
  4. Bake until bottom of pizza crust is browned 5-6 minutes in a grill 11-14 in your oven
  5. Remove pizza from oven and top with baby arugula leaves and the remainder of the gorgonzola crumbles, and toasted pine nuts.
  6. 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.
RECIPE 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.