Let's talk favorites here for a minute. Have you ever been to a favorite things party? Tonight I attended my second one ever. They are great. Let me tell you about them just in case you haven't been. Each party-goer picks something that is their favorite, then purchases 5 of that item. Our limit tonight was $5, but it could be set either higher or lower. Then each person puts their name into a box 5 times. The box is passed around the room to each person and when it arrives in your lap, you explain a little about your favorite item, draw out 5 names and hand over your favorite thing to each of those 5 people. So each person leaves the party with 5 different things! So fun! I left with some real treasures tonight! If you haven't been to one of these parties, you should totally throw one yourself. They are a blast! So I took some fun Ikea kitchen tools as my favorite items tonight. But another favorite that I have is pizza. Even after working at 2 different pizza restaurants for a combined total of nearly a decade, I could still eat it just about everyday! I have another favorite...sugary sweets. I am truly a sucker for anything packed with sugar. This caramel apple pizza, though not your traditional pizza, fits the bill for both of my favorites. Its a little twist on a classic favorite. I made this for the favorite things party tonight. You should make it for yours...that I know you are going to throw...because by now I have convinced you of how fun they are and you are dying to do it...right?!
Caramel Apple Pizza
*If you are like me and do not keep pastry flour around the house, fear not, you can easily substitute all purpose flour. Just place 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into a 1-cup measuring cup. Fill the rest with all purpose flour. Sift the mixture into a bowl or onto a plate and then take your 1 cup of flour from that. That simply replaces the 1-cup whole wheat pastry flour, so make sure you still add the 3/4 cup all purpose flour as well, giving you a grand total of 1-3/4 cup flour. Also, as I was taking this to a party I wanted to make sure my apples didn't turn brown. There are a variety of ways to stop that from happening, but I just soaked mine in some lemon water and that worked perfectly.
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 medium granny smith apples, thinly sliced
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/4 cup chopped unsalted dry roasted peanuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 140-inch pizza pan. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, oil, corn syrup and vanilla. In a medium size bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Press dough onto a the pizza pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla until smooth. Spread over crust. Arrange apples over the top. Drizzle with caramel topping and sprinkle with peanuts. Serve immediately.
Recipe Source: Taste of Home Appetizers
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