Kids really enjoy making this because it's so simple. The benefit for you is that it can be
served semi-hot or cold. Please note, we used no sugar. You decide if the apples are
naturally sweet enough or if you have to add a teaspoon or so of sugar with the cinnamon.
- To make rectangular dough fit in a round 12" pan
- To scatter apples, sliced, without mounding them in the middle
- To sprinkle cinnamon without it all going in one place
- To spread mozzarella on the top.
- 3 small or 2 large apples, peeled and sliced. If you have an apple machine, grandchildren
can work it. Have an extra apple available in case something goes wrong (it always does)
- 1 package of refrigerated pizza crust—the kids fight over who's going to open the package
and watch the dough burst out
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 4 ounces sliced or shredded mozzarella. Kids can’t wield a cheese slicer and shouldn't be
allowed near a mandoline. If necessary, shred in a food processor, which the kids love to do.
- Preheat oven to 375°. You will need a 12" disposable pizza pan (and a cookie sheet to
go under it.)
- Spread the rectangle of dough, tearing and cutting and patching to make it fit.
- Bake dough uncovered for 5 minutes to make it less absorbent of apple juices. Let
cool slightly so pan won’t be too hot.
- Spread the apple slices on top.
- Sprinkle cinnamon, by the 1/2 teaspoon (pre-measure cinnamon and put in a little dish or paper cup).
- Top with mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is slightly brown.
Serves 6 adults or 12 or more kids (which is why it's great that it can be served cold)
My grandkids wanted to know
Q: Why did we have to cut and patch the dough to make it fit the pan?
A: Because it's easier for the manufacturer to put a straight piece of dough in the can.
Q: But the dough package is round?
A: True, but if the dough was circular, the package would be thicker in some spots than others.
[We cut some newspaper the size of the pizza pan and tried folding it different ways to see
if it would work. Pillsbury, are you listening?)
* Excerpted from the forthcoming The Granny-Nanny Cooks, September, 2006
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