That’s so NOT amore as Dean Martin crooned years ago. It’s more like, sayyyyy, the apocalypse.Â That moon thing might hurt. Well, ok, no it won’t because the whole Earth would go BOOM long before the moon actually hit your eye… or your nose… or even an outstretched “OMG, the moon is about to hit me!!!” sort of arm. Now the boom thing? That may hurt for a split second or so.
I am pretty sure that Mr. Martin was dead drunk when he sang those words. But then again, I don’t recall any sightings of him on TV where he WASN’T dead drunk.Â Am I the only one who remembers the show he had on TV many many years back? Erhmmm, not that I’m old enough to recall it. I watched it on you tube. Yeah, that’s it. And in those shows…erhmmm, reruns, I remember him always being surrounded by gorgeous women, always lounging against a piano and always dead drunk. Ahhh, the days when men were men. Or something like that.
Now I’m feeling all nostalgic for old TV shows. I used to love all the old variety shows that came on during the Christmas season. My favorite was always the Bing Crosby Special. Oh Gawd, I loved those shows! I have on an old VHS tape one that came out a few years after Mr. Crosby died that was a compilation of all the shows. I kept it once I found it because for YEARS, and I mean MANY YEARS, I remembered the version of “The Little Drummer Boy” he sang with David Bowie ( go look it up on you tube. It’s beyond amazing!) and that was the only way I could hear the song. Then a few years ago, “Now That’s What I Call Christmas” came out with a CD that had that song on it. I was one happy Bing lover.
Back to that moon and pizza pie thing. I love pizza. Matter of fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone who DIDN’T like pizza. But if they did, I bet I could change they mind with this one. This doesn’t have sausage or pepperoni or extra cheese or mushrooms (damn. Now I’m hungry.) Nope. This one is covered in a nice cheesecake filling, apples, cinnamon and sugar as well as caramel and a delicious streusel topping. Drooling yet?
I saw a recipe for caramel apple pizza and while it sounded good, that genetically warped part of me took over (go figure huh?) and I had to mess with it. I mean c’mon, would you really expect anything different form me? I didn’t think so. So I added a nice sugar cinnamon sprinkle to the crust to give it some flavor and then topped it all off with an oatmeal crumb topping. The cinnamon sugar could be left off if you preferred but…why? 😀 This makes a great family dessert, especially this time of the year when apples are excellent. It would also be great at a kids Halloween party. This makes 2 pies so if you want to do the math, you could cut the recipe in half 😛
Streusel Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pizza
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/3 cup flour
- Cinnamon sugar topping-
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 heaping tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 store bought pizza crusts (yes you could make your own but this is meant to be a fairly easy quick to put together treat)
- 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup caramel dip or topping
- 3 large apples, cored, thinly sliced (Gala work well)
- 1/3 cup finely chopped peanuts (I didn’t do this because I don’t like them but figured I’d add it to make it more caramel apple seeming)
- more caramel topping for drizzling.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine all the topping ingredients. Mix well then cut in the butter using a pastry blender. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine the cream cheese and the caramel topping.
- Spray the pizza crusts with butter flavored baking spray (regular is fine too) and put them on large cookie sheets.
- Combine the cinnamon sugar and sprinkle it over the two pizza crusts. Get annoyed at me cause I’ve made you dirty 3 bowls and 2 baking sheets.
- Spread half the cream cheese mixture over each pizza crust.
- Arrange the apple slices on each crust in a purty spoke design even though they are going to be covered in streusel and you won’t see them. YOU’LL know it’s pretty under there. It’s like wearing nice underwear in case you get into an accident.
- Drizzle the apples with more caramel topping. I didn’t give an amount for that because I am heavy handed with it. You may want less…. or more even, in which case call your dentist.
- Sprinkle half the streusel topping over each pizza crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees until the topping is browned and crispy and the apples are tender.
- Serve this with vanilla ice cream. Curse my name as your hips get bigger as you eat and your jeans button pops open. Know that I’m giggling over here.
Cheesecake pizza?? Sign me up! This look awesome, I love all the components! The last step in your directions made me crack up 🙂
Holy cow! Cheesecake on pizza dough? This blows my mind, in the most tempting way.
Thanks Kiri… it didn’t blow my mind but it sure blew my diet 😛
Thanks Meghan!! And that’s me… I even try to get laughs in recipe directions hehehe
‘Twas yummy, and I’m not even a big sweets fan.
Thank you darlin’
What a GREAT idea! I’ve had dessert pizzas that have cream cheese and fruit – but this is WAY better!
I’m a die-hard Bing, Frank & Dean Christmas girl! LOVE their stuff and the little drummer boy with David Bowie is incredible…really incredible!
Same here on Bing, Frank and Dean, Ann. Also Johnny Mathis. I love love love all the Christmas music. And also… thanks!! 🙂
cheesecake-pizza two words I am glad to see come together
Great dessert pizza. Love it.
Wow, this looks Fabulous! I wish I had a piece right now!!
Jennifer, there’s still a whole pizza left. Come share it with us 😛
Okay you’ve totally just gone an done it. Made something truly amazing. And full of all of my favorite things. Yep.. you’re awesome =)
Awwww; thanks Peggy!
I admit it….I vaguely remember that Dean Martin show (and yes…he always had a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette in the other!)….though I think I was watching it because my parents used to watch it! Still…..it instilled a love in me, to this day, for that generation of music…Frank Sinatra and the whole rat pack thing! This pizza looks sensational. You know…I love eating cold pizza for breakfast….but why torture myself when I can have it warm and caremely right out of the oven!
Anne, it’s ok… you’re among other aged women who vaguely remember it too 😛 Though yes, I am prolly more aged than most.
I love cold pizza too. Yum! Haven’t tried this cold yet because the warm caramelly part is so awesome 😀
Now I am humming that song to myself. I love Dean Martin and the Rat Pack Christmas CD. Is it too early to start in on that? I love dessert pizzas whenever they are on the buffet at my favorite pizza joint back home. Never tried one myself. I think this one looks delicious – caramel, cheesecake. Yes, please!
Holy smokes that pizza looks awesome!! I also love Bing Crosby. White Christmas is my all time favourite holiday movie, because he is in it.
Yummy pizza indeed! I have never had this kind of pizza with apples and caramel. Sounds so different!
This looks good, and I love this flavor..sound awesome!!! Congrats on top 9!!!
This really is a creative and, no doubt, tasty pizza. I love those goodies you put on that crust- well worth trying. I can see why it is in top 9-Congrats!
YUM!!! Love this delicious idea!!! Congrats on the Top 9 today 🙂
Yum! I love this idea for a dessert pizza.
My Dad LOVES Dean Martin, and I am constantly being forced to watch DVD’s he has of his shows, or stuff on Youtube, or anything else he can find. And yes – he is DRUNK every time I see him! More power to him he can sing that well hammered 🙂
I love how you’ve layered the apples–this looks delicious!
Loving this dessert pizza
Looks great! I can’t wait to try it!
This looks incredible…The Hubby loves fruit/dessert pizza so I am sure he will take the lead and make this himself!
Oh my goodness this sounds so amazing!! I want a slice…like right now! YUM!