Fall Harvest Pizza: Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale

October 15, 2020

This Fall Harvest Pizza with Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale is absolutely the most perfect family-friendly recipe for the Fall season! It comes topped with spicy chipotle olive oil base, and topped with mild cheddar cheese, apple slices, sautéed broccolini, kale, and candied turkey bacon. So much savoriness and sweetness in one pizza pie. The best weeknight meal option for everyone. 

Fall Harvest Pizza: Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale

This Fall Harvest Pizza with Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale is EVERYTHING! I mean absolutely EVERYTHING!!

When it comes to pizza, I’m such a huge fan. Honestly, is there a better handheld food that exists? Ummm, I think not. Haha.

And while pizzas might not be the common theme for the Fall season, I wanted to create my own Fall-inspired version of this round goodness.

It’s all about the pizza!!! Believe me!

If you’ve been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’re probably already swooning over our previous pizzas. Honestly, I try to put a lot of love in my homemade pizzas and definitely try not to skimp on flavor. 

Fall Harvest Pizza: Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale

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This Texas BBQ Sriracha Meatball Pizza is the best meatless pizza you’ll ever taste! It comes based in a spicy-sweet marriage of BBQ + Sriracha sauces, maple syrup and loaded with mozzarella cheese for a beautiful gooeyness in every bite.

This Veggie Pizza is absolutely one of my favorite homemade pizzas to date. It comes loaded with mozzarella cheese, grape tomatoes, and broccoli and comes based with a crispy, fluffy whole wheat crust.

This Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza is one of the best versions of taking a traditional staple—-jerk chicken and using it to re-create something phenomenal. It comes based in a spicy-sweet BBQ jerk sauce and loaded with mozzarella cheese, bell peppers, onions, kale, jerk chicken, and scotch bonnet pepper (for an extra kick of heat).

Fall Harvest Pizza: Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale

HOW TO ENSURE THE PERFECT PIZZA CRUST EVERY TIME!

When it comes to making the perfect pizza crust, it only really takes a FEW HACKS/TRICKS for this to happen. However, it is imperative that you follow these exact steps every time, so that the perfect crust is achieved!

Here’s How:

  • Make sure that your oven is preheated and is HOT!! This ensures that everything bakes evenly and cooks pretty fast to avoid anything that could possibly cause your pizza to be soggy or undercooked (like the dough!).
  • Never EVER use cold dough! Using cold dough changes the hydration and makes it more aggressive to stretch and work out. This isn’t good for your crust at all.
  • Always, Always use a Pizza Sheet Pan. For a crispy pizza, I suggest using a pizza pan with holes to allow the crust to bake through nicely. I used the AirBake Pizza Pan, which can be found at Target!
  • DO NOT over roll dough! When following the step of rolling out the dough slightly to flatten it, never roll out the dough too much! Be sure to follow the steps of stretching it out with your hands the rest of the way.
  • Never add TOO MUCH sauce! This step is super imperative (trust me, I learned the hard way!) and it’s such truth. Never add all the sauce entirely to avoid a soggy middle or crust.
  • Precook any toppings that might require a longer cook time! This is especially true for certain veggies (and of course meats) that require a longer cook time that the allotted short amount of minutes that an actual pizza takes to cook. That way you aren’t trying to overcook your pizza because the toppings aren’t fully cooked.

Fall Harvest Pizza: Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale

What You’ll Love Most About This Pizza?

It comes loaded with sweet + savory flavors.

No rising time required for crust.

Hearty + comforting.

MEGA flavorful!

Super easy to make and the perfect fun, family dinner-making activity.

Perfect hints of Fall spices.

PERFECTION in EVERY. SINGLE. BITE.

Fall Harvest Pizza: Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale

Should I Let the Dough Rise?

When it comes to the crust, rising the dough isn’t at all required for this pizza. However, if you choose to rise the crust dough, then you’ll have a much fluffier, larger crust which isn’t a bad thing at all. If you want to keep your dough fairly thin and a bit more on the crunchier side, then rolling out and topping your dough once it’s formed is your best bet.

How Do You Make Candied Turkey Bacon?

Place the bacon on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and brush the tops of the bacon with maple syrup and sprinkle on some brown sugar. Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10-15 minutes or so, flipping the bacon and brushing the opposite side with maple syrup and sprinkling the brown sugar as well. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until it is completely caramelized and crispy. 

Fall Harvest Pizza: Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale

What You’ll Need For This Pizza?

Pizza Crust – I enjoy making my easy pizza crust from scratch, however, you can always use a store-bought pizza crust as well

Mild Cheddar Cheese – Adds such bold, rich cheesy flavor. While Mozzarella cheese is the standard, I’ve found that mild cheddar creates a smokiness that works amazingly with the other ingredients

Herbs + Seasonings – A great addition of flavor. Adds such savoriness nice + a beautiful kick of spice

Olive Oil – Used as a part of the base which creates a light taste overall

Kale – A great addition of greens

Candied Bacon – Whether you choose to use turkey or pork bacon, they both will add a beautiful kick of savoriness

Sautéed Broccolini – Although regular broccoli can be used, I enjoy the mild, earthy taste of broccolini

Apples — The absolute star of this dish; I tend to mix Gala Apples with Granny Apples for a nice ying-yang of flavor

Honey — Used as a sweetener for both the crust and pizza base sauce

Fall Harvest Pizza: Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale

Common Q + A’s About Pizza.

CAN I MAKE THIS AHEAD OF TIME?

Absolutely! You can always prep the ingredients separately and store them: cook the bacon and chop before storing, prep the veggies and store in an airtight container in the fridge, peel + slice your apples and added lemon juice (to prevent browning) along with spices for the perfect marination. You can also make your pizza dough and let it rise overnight.

WHAT OTHER TOPPINGS CAN I ADD?

Honestly, anything! The awesome thing about pizza is that you can add whatever topping you’d like. You can substitute the ingredients with pork bacon, caramelized onions, pears, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach—you name it.

HOW MANY CAN THIS PIZZA SERVE?

Typically, this pizza can serve 6-8 slices depending on how wide the slices are. For a bigger pizza size, I recommend allowing the dough to rise for an hour or so, which will allow you for a better stretch thus creating a bigger pizza.

HOW TO PREVENT THE BOTTOM OF PIZZA FROM GETTING SOGGY.

Thankfully, I’ve had great success with my airbake dish when making my homemade pizzas. Due to the perforated bottom, it allows for the pizza crust to fully cook through and be entirely crisp throughout once placed directly on the oven rack. To prevent a mess, I simply add a large piece of foil at the bottom rack so that any drippage is caught on there.

Fall Harvest Pizza: Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale

Fall Harvest Pizza: Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale

Fall Harvest Pizza with Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
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Ingredients

Pizza Crust:

  • 2 3/4 cup organic all-purpose flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 cup WARM fresh water
  • 1 Tbsp honey (I use Wholesome Sweets)
  • 1 packet rapid-rise or instant yeast (That's 2 1/4 tsps!)
  • 1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil (I use California Ranch)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme

Toppings:

  • handful broccolini florets, roughly chopped + sautéed (See Notes!)
  • 2 medium Granny smith apples, peeled + sliced
  • 2 cups chopped cooked candied bacon (See Notes!)
  • 1 cup organic kale, chopped
  • 2 cups thickly cut Mild cheddar cheese (I use Organic Valley)
  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil + 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • sea salt + black pepper, for taste

Instructions

FOR THE CRUST:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer (with a dough hook attachment), mix together the warm water, honey, olive oil, yeast, garlic powder, dried parsley, dried thyme, and sea salt (you might need to use a whisk to ensure that everything combines together well). Let is sit for at least 5 minutes, until yeast begins to activate and foam.
  • Slowly add the flour (on low speed!), until fully incorporated and a soft dough is formed. **NOTE: if dough is too sticky, add 1/2 cup of additional flour at a time)**.
  • Now, increase the speed to medium-high and knead the dough for about 5 minutes in the mixer. 
  • Once done, add the dough onto a floured surface and slightly roll out the dough until it’s flat enough to form a flat circle the rest of the way with your hands, about 11 inches in diameter. Lightly grease your pizza pan with extra virgin olive oil and place dough on one end of pan, evenly pressing it and flattening it out to fit the entire pan. Gently use your finger to stretch dough until pan is fully covered and gently pinch the edges of the dough together to form the crust.
  • Preheat your oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit and place top rack into the middle of oven. **NOTE: be sure to use a great pizza pan to ensure that your crust is crispy and not soggy.**
  • TOPPING PIZZA:
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, chili powder, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, sea salt + black until well combined.
  • Brush a generous amount of the olive oil mixture over the top of the crust until evenly coated. **NOTE: Leave 1 Tbsp of sauce left for the edges of crust later**
  • Sprinkle on the cheese followed by: broccolini, kale, candied bacon, and sliced apples.
  • Lightly brush the tops of the crust with the olive oil mixture to ensure that it becomes a nice golden brown.
  • Gently transfer the pizza pie to the hot oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or so, until the cheese has melted (and becomes bubbly) and the crust is crispy and golden brown.
  • Once done, allow pizza to rest/cool for a few minutes (about 5 minutes!) so that the cheese sets before cutting into generous slices, using a pizza cutter.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • PIZZA CRUST: For a crispy pizza (especially on the bottom), I suggest using a pizza pan with holes to allow the crust to bake through nicely. I used the AirBake Pizza Pan, which can be found at Target!
  • CANDIED BACON: Place the bacon on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and brush the tops of the bacon with maple syrup and sprinkle on some brown sugar. Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10-15 minutes or so, flipping the bacon and brushing the opposite side with maple syrup and sprinkling the brown sugar as well. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until it is completely caramelized and crispy. 
  • STORAGE: Leftover pizza is best kept tightly wrapped in foil paper, refrigerated for 3-4 days for optimal freshness.
  • SAUTEED BROCCOLINI: In a medium skillet on medium-high heat, add 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Once heated, add rinsed broccolini (shortened stems and all) and let cook on one side. Gently squeeze half a lemon and season with salt + black pepper, to taste. Gently toss on opposite side and continue tossing until fully wilted and darkened in color (dark green). Once cooked through, remove from heat.

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