The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 1: Dessert Pizza

Welcome to the first recipe installment for The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest! I am so excited to share this event with you all. I hope you enjoy all the recipes we have coming up the next several days. Growing up, I always loved dessert pizzas made with apples. This is strange, because I am not a dessert person at all. As you can tell from my blog recipe index; I love to create main dishes, snacks and appetizers. Don’t get me wrong…an occasional cookie, slice of cake or key lime pie are delicious.  But, I’d rather have something salty or savory. This pizza is special because it is both savory and sweet. You will enjoy this pizza time and time again!


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Dessert Pizza with Goat Cheese and Apples

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Makes 2 pizzas


  • 2 gluten-free pizza crusts
  • 1 apple sliced thin, per pizza. I used Gala
  • 2 ounces goat cheese (half small log), softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter (for sauce), 2 tablespoons butter (for pizza topper)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (for sauce), 2 tablespoons brown sugar (for pizza topper)
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 12 basil leaves, chiffonade, per pizza.
  • juice from ½ lemon, to prevent apples from oxidizing


Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place pizza crust on cookie sheet or pizza pan. Spread goat cheese evenly over pizza crust. Top with sliced apples. Squeeze juice from half a lemon over apples to prevent oxidizing. Top apples with 2 tablespoons butter (1 T for each pizza), randomly placed and sliced into small pieces. In a small saucepan, combine 1 tablespoon butter, salt, pepper, cinnamon, cayenne, ginger, nutmeg, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Bring to quick boil and reduce to low. Simmer for 10 minutes, whisk continuously. Balsamic reduction sauce will thicken. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of balsamic reduction sauce over each pizza. Top with basil leaves and bake for approximately 10 minutes (or until apples and crusts are golden brown). Halfway through baking time, place 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier and 2 tablespoons brown sugar in bowl, mix together. Pour over pizza in oven.  Serve warm.


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This is the first recipe installment for The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest 2011, hosted by ATX Gluten-Free. All pizza crusts kindly provided by Gluten-Free Kneads. Find where they are sold in Austin, or buy online here.


  1. I’ve not had a lot of dessert pizzas. This one really sounds interesting. It’s a bit like a shallow one crust pie. I’ll wager it is delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  2. Dessert pizza is awesome.

  3. Sounds heavenly with the sweet fruit and the cheese!


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