Carmel Apple Pizza
Sugar cookie crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 egg substitute (Ener-G works best)
8 oz faux cream cheese
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy milk (vanilla or plain)
6 or more small, tart apples
1 can lemon lime soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup caramel sauce (recipe follows)
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Caramel sauce ingredients:
2 tablespoons 807]cornstarch
1/2 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
This recipe is one of my favorite desserts, but is entirely un-original. It is a compilation of 3 other recipes, two of which can be found on vegweb. Sure to please any crowd you present it to!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Begin by assembling the cookie "crust." Mix all dry "crust" ingredients together in a bowl. Mix all wet "crust" ingredients together in a separate bowl. Stir wet ingredients into dry and mix thoroughly. Form the dough into a big ball. You will probably need to add water to achieve this.
Roll the dough ball out into a circle and transfer carefully onto the prepared pizza pan. Bake for 8 or more minutes, until done (a very light golden brown). Cool crust.
Meanwhile, slice the apples very thinly and place in the lemon lime soda (this keeps them from browning). Peels can, and should, be left on for nutrition and visual appeal.
Prepare the remaining topping by beating together faux cream cheese, peanut butter, brown sugar and milk until smooth.
If preparing caramel sauce, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to 1/2 cup soy milk. Set this aside and combine 1/2 cup sugar (white works best) with 1 tablespoon water in a non-stick saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until it reaches a light brown. Add 1/4 cup cold water and stir constantly. Once mixture reaches a low boil, reduce heat and add soymilk in a continuous stream, stirring constantly. Gradually increase heat, all the while stirring (arms tired yet? haha). Mixture should be thick. If too runny, continue to heat and stir. Once desired consistency, add vanilla and remove from heat.
Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cookie "crust," leaving a little bit of space around the edges. Drain the apples and arrange elegantly on top of the pizza, and sprinkle with cinnamon. I usually spend a great deal of time on this step. (If you prepared the caramel sauce, it will cool while you arrange the apples. If the sauce is not room temperature by the time you are finished arranging, cool it in the freezer until it is). Drizzle the caramel sauce over the pizza and sprinkle with peanuts. Serve cut into wedges.