Cooking with Marlene Koch

Apple Dessert Pizza

Makes servings.


Apple Dessert Pizza


1. Unfold pie crust; roll out on floured surface to form a 12-inch circle. Place, floured side down, into a 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Press up sides. Trim and remove excess pastry. Prick bottom and sides with fork. Line with a double thickness of foil. Bake in a 450°F (230°C) oven for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes more or till golden. Cool on wire rack.
2. Meanwhile, chop ¼ cup of the almonds. Beat together softened cheese, 3 tablespoons apple juice, vanilla, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon and 3 packets Equal® or 1 teaspoon Equal® for Recipes. Fold in chopped nuts. Spread mixture evenly in cooled crust. Set aside.
3. In large skillet combine apples, 1 cup apple juice, the raisins and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 2 to 4 minutes or till apples are just tender. Quickly remove apples and raisins with slotted spoon. Combine 2 tablespoons apple juice and cornstarch; add to skillet. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; add 2 packets Equal® or ¾ teaspoon Equal® for Recipes Fold apples into glaze; spoon over cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Cool, cover and chill until serving time.

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