Two-apple pizza with walnuts

Ingredients to serve 8

2 cooking apples, weighing about 450g in total
zest of half a lemon, finely grated
quarter teaspoon ground cinnamon
sugar to taste
a knob of butter
4-5 small dessert apples, weighing about 400g
lemon juice
walnut oil or rapeseed oil for brushing
shelled 'wet' walnuts 25g, halved

For the dough

225g unbleached strong white flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon easy-blend dried yeast
1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
125-150ml tepid water

There is no reason why a pizza cannot be sweet. The principles are the same as for a savoury one: very high heat and a light topping that allows the base to cook through and become crisp.

A perforated pizza pan allows heat to get to the pizza base and make it crisper. If you don't have one, use a baking sheet instead and cook for a few minutes longer.

First make the dough: sift the flour and salt into a warmed bowl and add the yeast. Make a well in the centre and stir in the rapeseed oil and water. Keep stirring, gradually drawing in the flour from around the edge. Once you have a soft cohesive dough, knead for at least 10 minutes until it feels silky and springy. Place in an oiled bowl, turning once so the surface is coated. Cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for one to two hours until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 240C. Quarter, core and peel the cooking apples. Roughly chop and put in a small saucepan with the lemon zest and a splash of water. Cover and simmer over low heat for seven minutes, shaking the pan to prevent sticking, until the apples have disintegrated to a purée. Stir in the cinnamon, sugar and butter, and whisk until smooth.

Quarter, core and peel the dessert apples, then slice each piece lengthways into very thin segments, sprinkling with lemon juice as you prepare them.

Roll out the dough to a 30cm circle and place on a perforated pizza pan. Pinch up the edges to make a raised rim and lightly brush with walnut oil. Spread the apple purée thinly over the base. Arrange the segments on top in concentric circles. Brush lightly with oil and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 15 minutes until the apple segments begin to blacken at the edges. Scatter the walnuts over the top and bake for two minutes more. Sprinkle with a little more sugar and serve right away.

From 'The Farm Shop Cookbook' by Christine McFadden (Absolute Press £20).

Suggested Topics
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    Recruitment Genius: Membership Sales Advisor - OTE £20,000 Uncapped

    £15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...

    Guru Careers: Marketing Manager / Marketing Communications Manager

    £35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...

    Guru Careers: Membership Administrator

    £23K: Guru Careers: We're seeking an experienced Membership Administrator, to ...

    Guru Careers: Dining Room Head Chef

    £32K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Dining Room Head Chef to work for one of ...

    Day In a Page

    Why the cost of parenting has become so expensive

    Why the cost of parenting has become so expensive

    Today's pre-school child costs £35,000, according to Aviva. And that's but the tip of an iceberg, says DJ Taylor
    Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

    The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

    How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
    Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

    Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

    'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
    Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

    Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

    How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
    Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

    Art attack

    Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
    Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

    Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

    Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
    Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

    'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

    Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
    10 best wedding gift ideas

    It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

    Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
    Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

    Paul Scholes column

    With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
    Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

    Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

    Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
    Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

    Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

    The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
    Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

    Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

    For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
    Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

    Fifa corruption arrests

    All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
    Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

    The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

    In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
    How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

    How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

    Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US