Apologies in advance for the obnoxious number of photos in this blog post, but I simply couldn’t help it. This pizza really is so amazing that I felt the need to show you what it looks like from every single angle possible. Then cut a slice off and show you what it looks like after that from every single angle.
Totally unnecessary from most people’s points of view – everyone knows what pizza looks like, right? But entirely necessary from my point of view, since I need to make sure you fully get how incredible this pizza is and understand just how much you need it in your life right now!
Need some proof as to how awesome this pizza is? It’s totally converted me. Before this pizza, I had never eaten a single slice that wasn’t smothered in a heavy dose of tomato sauce. Pizza without tomato sauce simply wasn’t pizza to me.
But after I decided that I wanted to make a caramelised onion, apple and bacon pizza I just couldn’t bring myself to spread a sweet tomato sauce over the base. There’s something about apples and tomato sauce that just doesn’t sound right, you know? So there’s absolutely no tomato sauce on this base. Instead, it’s covered in ooey gooey melted gouda cheese. YUM!
During the process of making this pizza I discovered a secret to making the outer crust deliciously crisp and crunchy – brush it with olive oil before you put it in the oven! When you take it out, it will have a gorgeous deep brown colour and taste like authentic pizza crust you’d get in a genuine pizzeria in Rome. And I should know – I ate pizza every single day from as many places as possible when I went there a few years ago.
My Official Treat Taster who always leaves the outer crust – regardless of how delicious it is – ate all of it on this pizza after I made it this way, testament to what an awesome technique it is! Do you normally leave the crust on your pizza? I adore carbs and always finish my crusts – no matter how full I am! The outer edge of pizza crusts are perfect for dipping into extra pizza sauce – or melted gouda cheese in this instance.
Although you can use any kind of pizza crust to make this pizza – store-bought or homemade – I totally recommend this whole wheat pizza dough from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Yes, it takes a little while to make but it’s 100% whole wheat and it’s honestly the best whole wheat pizza dough recipe I’ve ever used ever ever ever. The deep nutty flavour of the whole wheat flour works really well with the bacon, apple and onion in this pizza and adds a little something that ordinary all-purpose flour just…well…doesn’t!
Just one little tip if you are going to make your own pizza base: find a good recipe from a reliable source (like the one I mentioned above) and follow it to the letter. Whole wheat pizza dough is ridiculously difficult to make and if you mess it up, you’ll have a thin, hard, chewy base more like cardboard than the crispy, crunchy and fluffy result you should get from a whole wheat pizza dough recipe.
Caramelised Onion, Apple and Bacon Pizza
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil + plus extra for brushing
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 medium-sized onions
- 1 medium-sized apple
- 1/2 cup grated gouda cheese
- 4 slices smoky bacon chopped
- 1 12- inch whole wheat pizza crust I used this amazing recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction
- Add the butter, olive oil and salt into a large saucepan and place over a medium heat until melted.
- Whilst the butter is melting, peel the onions and finely slice them.
- Peel the apple and chop it into small chunks.
- Add the onion and apple into the saucepan and toss to make sure everything is covered with the butter and olive oil.
- Pop a lid onto the saucepan and leave to cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until the apple and onion is just starting to turn golden brown.
- Preheat the oven to 430F/220C half way through the caramelisation process to give it enough time to warm up.
- Sprinkle the grated cheese all over the pizza base and top with the caramelised onions and apple.
- Add the bacon into the same saucepan and cook for 5-10 minutes, until soft.
- Place the cooked bacon onto some kitchen paper to soak up the extra fat then sprinkle it evenly across the pizza.
- Brush the outer crust of the pizza dough with olive oil then bake in the centre of the oven for around 20 minutes until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted.
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