Diva Q’s Caramel Apple Pizza Perfection
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
1/2 cup (120 ml) packed brown sugar
1 tbsp (15 ml) corn starch
1/3 cup (80 ml) whipping cream
2 tbsp (30 ml) corn syrup
2 tbsp (30 ml) unsalted butter
1/2 tsp (2 ml) pure vanilla
750-g bag fresh pizza dough
All-purpose flour and cornmeal for dusting
2 Ontario apples (such as Gala or Red Prince), unpeeled, cored, thinly sliced
Ground cinnamon for sprinkling
125 g (5 oz) cream cheese (half a package), at room temperature
2 tbsp (30 ml) granulated sugar
Skor toffee bits for sprinkling
For caramel sauce, in small saucepan, combine water, sugar, corn starch, cream and corn syrup. Bring to boil over high heat. Boil 2 minutes, reducing heat slightly if needed. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Reserve.
For pizza, bring to room temperature as per package instructions. Remove from bag; divide into 2 balls.
On lightly floured surface, pull and shape into 2 pizzas, about 9 inches (23 cm) wide. Crimp edges as you would with pie. Prick dough all over with fork tines. Let rest at room temperature 30 minutes. Slip onto cornmeal or flour-dusted pizza paddle. Place on oiled grill preheated to medium-high (about 550F/280C); close lid. Grill about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Let cool.
Place apple slices directly on grill. Grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, until softened and browned. Transfer to platter. Dust with cinnamon.
In medium bowl, combine cream cheese and granulated sugar. Mash well with fork and beat with wooden spoon until fluffy.
To assemble, spread sweetened cream cheese over each pizza as desired. Divide apples evenly over pizzas. Generously drizzle each with caramel sauce. (Refrigerate any remaining cream cheese and caramel sauce for another use.) Sprinkle each with Skor bits. If needed, return pizza to grill for 1 to 2 minutes to quickly warm.
Makes 2 pizzas (about 12 slices).