Apple Dessert Pizza

September 24, 2014mayurisjikoni
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What is an Apple Dessert Pizza?

Did you know that tomatoes were brought to Europe around the 16th Century. Before that pizza topping did not include tomato. In fact it was anything from cheese, fruits, pine nuts, raisins to honey. Though not commonly found, dessert pizza do exist and are found in some of the pastry shops in Italy. Over time dessert pizza has evolved to include so many different ingredients that are commonly used for desserts – fruits, nuts, dried fruits, sauces, chocolate, candy, etc. After enjoying a fruity pizza as dessert during our trip to Italy, I had to try out an apple dessert pizza.

We stayed at the Grand Dino Hotel in Baveno and they served a fruity pizza for breakfast. What a fun way to enjoy fruits and a pizza base together.

My Apple Dessert Pizza

I’m a huge fan of apple crisp or crumble. I decided to use the flavours for an apple dessert pizza. Cooked apples layered on the pizza base, along with the crumble and nuts. Just before serving add a glaze(glace icing).


We Knead to Bake Group:

This awesome group started by Aparna who blogs at My Diverse Kitchen. This is where every month enthusiastic bakers get together to bake according to the theme decided. This month the theme was Pizza. The topping and base can be different from the normal pizzas that we so often enjoy.  As I was traveling, I had not actually planned on participating. However, getting back home, my hands were itching to try out the dessert pizza which I had enjoyed so much at different places. One was actually topped with a gelato. Unfortunately, as the gelato was melting so fast, I didn’t waste time on taking a photo. As I mentioned above I love apple crumble and therefore decided to use that as a topping.


Memories of Baveno

Baveno, is a small quaint town with beautiful villas on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Milanese come to stay at Baveno for a weekend getaway or during the summer holidays. With gentle sloping hills as the back drop and a blue expanse of water as the front yard, Baveno is a romantic town. It also has a beautiful view of the Borromeo Islands in front. From Baveno we visited the fishermen’s island or Isola dei Pescatori as its known to the Italians.They have a regular ferry and boat service to the island. Its the only island inhabited by people. The other islands are open to visitors during the day but no one lives there at night.


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Ingredients required for Apple Dessert Pizza:

  • Flour – Plain flour or all purpose flour for both the pizza base, a bit for the apple topping and the crumble
  • Butter – for the pizza base, crumble and apple topping
  • Salt – a little for the pizza base
  • White Sugar – a little for the pizza base
  • Water – For both the pizza base and apple topping
  • Apples – for the apple topping. Use any variety of your choice. I used Gala Apples
  • Cinnamon Powder – for the apple topping and the crumble
  • Brown Sugar – for the apple filling and the crumble
  • Confectioners Sugar – powdered or icing sugar for the glace icing
  • Milk – for the glace icing
  • Mixed Nuts – lightly roasted for the topping



Apple Dessert Pizza is a fun way to enjoy apple crumble topped on a pizza base. Perfect dessert for parties, picnics, or just as a weekend indugence.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine International, Italian
Servings 6 mini pizza


For the base:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp instant dry active yeast
  • ¼ -⅓ cup warm water
  • For the apple topping:
  • 2 medium apples
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp plain flour

For the crumble layer:

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder

For the Glace Icing:

  • cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp milk
  • 2-3 tbsp mixed lightly roasted nuts


Preparation of the base:

  • Put flour in a bowl. Mix in the sugar, salt and yeast.
  • Rub butterl into the flour.
  • Using warm water form a soft dough.
  • Lightly flour the work top and knead the dough for 5 minutes till it is smooth and soft.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl.
  • Cover with a cling film and let the dough rise till its double the size. This will take about an hour.

Preparation of the apple topping:

  • Peel, core and dice the apples.
  • Put them in a pan along with the butter and sugar.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat till the apples are done and the sauce is slightly thick.
  • Sprinkle the flour and mix well. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the cinnamon powder and mix well. Leave the mixture on the side till required.

Preparation of the crumble:

  • Place the flour, cinnamon powder and sugar in a bowl.
  • Add the butter and lightly rub it into the flour mixture.

Final preparation:

  • Gently knock down the risen dough using your knuckles.
  • Divide it into 6 parts.
  • Grease a baking sheet lightly with butter.
  • Take one part of the dough and roll it into a circle of 3 inches.
  • Place it on the baking tray.
  • Roll circles with the remaining dough.
  • Let the rolled base rest for ten minutes.
  • In the meantime preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Prick the base in a few places with a fork.
  • Place it in the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the tray from the oven.
  • Put the apple topping on each base.
  • Top it with the crumble.
  • Bake the pizzas for 10 -15 minutes or till the edges are golden brown.
  • Remove the pizzas from the oven and let them cool slightly on a wire rack.

Preparation of the Glace Icing:

  • Mix powdered sugar and milk to form a smooth glace icing.
  • Drizzle it over the pizzas.
  • Garnish with chopped roasted mixed nuts and serve.


  • You can replace the apples with pears.
    Serve the dessert pizza on its own or with some fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Keyword Delicious Apple Dessert Pizza, Dessert Pizza

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  • Swathi Iyer

    September 25, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Delicious fruit pizza kids will love it

  • beena stephen

    September 25, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Looks very delicious healthy pizza . Will try

  • Priya Suresh

    September 26, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Wow fruit pizza, a kids friendly pizza definitely.

  • Linsy Patel

    September 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    delicious way to eat apples , love this.

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks Linsy

  • Mayuri Patel

    September 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    adults too will love it

  • Shobha Keshwani

    October 4, 2020 at 2:07 am

    5 stars
    These tiny dessert pizzas with apple topping look great. Though I am not a fan of sweets I love the apple and cinnamon combo in the desserts. I will definitely try this one . I once tried a dessert pizza with gajar ka halwa and mawa topping. It was a big hit.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 4, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha. Pizza topped with gajar halwa sounds delicious.

  • Mina Joshi

    October 4, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    5 stars
    I love your cute little pizza desserts. Must taste great hot with some ice cream!! Years ago when we were in USA, one of the pizza chain restaurants used to serve such desserts but not seen them recently.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 4, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you so much Mina, its delicious on its own and with ice cream too. Try making it at home.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    October 5, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a lovely one. Small pizzas with apple topping look so delectable, these are making me hungry now.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 5, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Archana

    October 5, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    5 stars
    I loved the memories you have shared and they are making me itch to put on the travel shoes!
    Such a delicious pizza! They are cute and delicious the right size to add to one hungry Archana.! Can I use any apple to make it. Granny smith is so very expensive right now.
    Thanks for the shout out Mayuri! Appreciate it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 5, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Archana, I use any apples that are available. I’ve even used the normal red variety.

  • Linsy Patel

    October 5, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    I used apple slices as base and crumble and spices like cinnamon to give apple pie flavor which is my son’s favorite. Less work for me. Loved your version too

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 5, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Linsy, your recipe too sounds good.

  • Sujata Roy

    October 6, 2020 at 4:33 am

    5 stars
    Never tasted dessert pizza. Apple pizza looks so beautiful and tempting. I love cinnamon and apple mixed flavor. I will surely try it sometime. Loved reading your travel story.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 6, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata. Try the dessert pizza, its a different kind of dessert.

  • Chef Mireille

    October 7, 2020 at 4:47 am

    5 stars
    wow – I love the idea of this apple pizza and since it’s apple season and I always have some. Definitely plan on trying this week!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 7, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you so much Mireille, please do share a photo and enjoy.

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