Caramelized Apple Gorgonzola Pizza

This is a recipe for sweet, salty, and totally irresistible apple gorgonzola pizza. Both gorgonzola cheese and honey give the homemade pizza the most unique flavor, while rosemary adds a touch of freshness. My pizza dough recipe yields two 12-inch pizzas, so you can freeze half for later. It’s an easy thick-style pizza crust with unbeatable flavor.

Hands down, the BEST pizza I've ever had. Salty, sweet Apple Gorgonzola Pizza. It's unbelievably and quite easy to make!

Name your favorite pizza. What’s the pizza crust like? How about the pizza toppings? Was it piping hot or cold leftover pizza? And most importantly, how much cheese? 😉

You’re looking at my #1 favorite pizza of all time. Rosemary, apples, gorgonzola cheese, and honey are bit out of the ordinary for pizza, but this combination is surprisingly irresistible. Arrange it all on top of a thick-style, ultra chewy and soft pizza crust. Though store-bought pizza crust is convenient, I suggest using my homemade pizza dough for the BEST flavor. Homemade pizza crust is so much easier than you think.

Hands down, the BEST pizza I've ever had. Salty, sweet Apple Gorgonzola Pizza. It's unbelievably and quite easy to make!

Homemade Pizza Dough

First, let’s chat about homemade pizza crust. I make this pizza dough every single week:

  • The recipe is perfect for bread beginners
  • Only 6 ingredients
  • Most of the time is hands-off
  • Crisp edges & fluffy interior
  • So, so flavorful.

This pizza dough yields enough for two 12-inch pizzas. You can freeze half for another time or simply make both pizzas at once. I use Red Star Platinum in my pizza dough because it produces the best results. The Platinum line is fantastic because its careful formula strengthens your dough and makes making working with yeast simple. For this pizza dough, I use only enough yeast to get the job done. By the way, if you ever have questions or concerns working with yeast, I have an entire Baking with Yeast guide.

Homemade Pizza Dough Video Tutorial

After you prepare the pizza dough, let it rise in the bowl for 60-90 minutes.

Homemade pizza dough on counter

Pizza dough balls

Apple Gorgonzola Pizza Toppings

After the pizza dough rises, punch it down, divide in half, then add all the delicious toppings.

  1. Mozzarella Cheese: The starting point for most pizza recipes, mozzarella cheese makes a lovely base layer of extra stretchy, extra delicious cheese.
  2. Gorgonzola Cheese: Crumbly salty gorgonzola cheese adds a sharp bite to every single slice. It pairs beautifully with sweet apple and fragrant rosemary. If you’re looking for a more mild (yet still pungent) cheese, swap the gorgonzola cheese for feta cheese.
  3. Thinly Sliced Apple: Use any variety of apple you love including Granny Smith, Fuji, or even Honeycrisp apples. Regardless of the variety, make sure the apple is thinly sliced because thicker slices won’t cook through. We want softened apples in each bite.
  4. Rosemary: A sprinkle of rosemary brightens up the entire pizza pie. You can use fresh rosemary or dried rosemary. Not a fan of rosemary? Add a touch of parsley, basil, or thyme instead.

These toppings would also be awesome on focaccia and flatbread too!

Hands down, the BEST pizza I've ever had. Salty, sweet Apple Gorgonzola Pizza. It's unbelievably and quite easy to make!

Honey on Pizza

The pizza cooks in about 15 minutes. Once the edges brown, remove from the oven, then drizzle the hot pizza with a little honey. Sounds odd, but hear me out. My friend Marie got me hooked on the combination of salty pizza and sweet honey. A restaurant she visits in Cleveland serves a honey jar with their pizza– and they’ve become known for it! You might not believe me, but I swear you’ll be instantly hooked. A light burst of sweetness on top of salty hot pizza is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before. Try it at least once.

Right before serving the apple gorgonzola pizza, drizzle with a little honey. If you’re still skeptical, don’t worry– the honey is completely optional.

Hands down, the BEST pizza I've ever had. Salty, sweet Apple Gorgonzola Pizza. It's unbelievably and quite easy to make!

Hands down, the BEST pizza I've ever had. Salty, sweet Apple Gorgonzola Pizza. It's unbelievably and quite easy to make!

The flavors and textures in this pizza are incredible! You have the cheesy mozzarella base, the salty gorgonzola, the soft apples, aromatic rosemary, sweet honey, soft crust, and mega crispy edges. Ditch the pizza delivery, you’re eating homemade tonight!

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Caramelized Apple Gorgonzola Pizza

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: one 12-inch pizza
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This is a recipe for sweet, salty, and totally irresistible apple gorgonzola pizza. My pizza dough recipe makes enough for two 12-inch pizzas. Toppings listed are enough for one 12-inch pizza. Freeze the rest of the pizza dough for another time.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe homemade pizza crust
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (6oz or 168g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 small apple, thinly sliced (your favorite variety – I used Honeycrisp)
  • chopped fresh or dried rosemary, to taste
  • optional: honey for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Prepare pizza dough through step 5, including preheating the oven to 475°F (246°C). Cover the shaped dough lightly with plastic wrap and allow it to rest as the oven preheats.
  2. To prevent the pizza toppings from making your pizza crust soggy, brush the shaped dough lightly with olive oil. Using your fingers, push dents into the surface of the dough to prevent bubbling. Top the dough evenly with mozzarella cheese. Add the gorgonzola cheese, then arrange sliced apples all over the cheeses. Sprinkle with rosemary.
  3. Bake pizza for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven, then drizzle with honey if desired. Slice hot pizza and serve immediately.
  4. Cover leftover pizza tightly and store in the refrigerator. Reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices can be frozen up to 3 months. See pizza crust recipe for instructions on freezing the pizza dough.

Keywords: gorgonzola cheese, apples, fall recipe

75 Comments

  1. I love your blog! Your cookies always come out perfect. Always. I tried your recipe for pizza crust this weekend. It was AMAZING and so easy. Thank you for sharing another perfect recipe!

  2. Hi Sally! Wow! Its so nice to hear that you eat honey with your pizza. Finally, someone who I can relate to! Just one question about the recipe, I am making this for a party and I don’t want to make the pizza dough since it would be time consuming…Can I use the Pillsbury readymade dough instead, and if so, what changes should I make to the recipe?

    Thanx, Sally

  3. Hey Sally! I just recently made this pizza AND the roasted veggie pizza with the whole wheat crust! They both tasted amazing and the crust was perfect! My parents and sister loved them both so much! Thanks for another family-pleasing recipe! Also, congrats on your radio interview! I listened to the whole thing and loved hearing you talk about your blog and such 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Teresa! I’m glad you listened to my interview – they edited out all of my nervousness! Love this pizza. It’s one of my very favorites. The roasted veggie + whole wheat crust is another winner in our house too!

  4. I really want to make this I am only concerned on making the dough your recipe for dough is very detailed I just want to make the dough today and save it for Thursday should I just freeze the two balls of dough and take them out & put into fridge to defrost on Thursday?

  5. This sounds amazing but the little ones aren’t much for Gorgonzola. Have you tested this with other cheeses yet or have a suggestion on a substitute?

    1. I love feta or goat cheese. So good! Really any cheese would be perfect. This pizza is good no matter what!

      1. Hubby loves BBQ pizzas so I made your chicken and this recipe tonight. The feta worked amazing. Both were devoured within mins. This is definitely one of my favorites now.

  6. Hi Sally!
    This pizza was so yummy! My husband made this for my birthday along with your recipe for carrot cake. It was amazing and we can’t wait to make the pizza again! I am an avid sally follower and have made a ton of your recipes! Thanks for helping to make my birthday scrumptious

    1. Thanks Kristine! You had two of my favorites for your birthday. Happy belated! I’m so happy you enjoy my recipes.

  7. Hi Sally! Just wanted to say this pizza is PHENOMENAL! I made it for a special farewell party and it was one of the fanciest and most delicious pizzas I’ve ever made. Managed to get a hold of Stilton, an English blue cheese because the store was out of gorgonzola and it was incredible! Thank you so much for an awesome idea, I am a huge fan of your site.

  8. This pizza was absolutely delicious and the easy-to-follow directions are greatly appreciated! Thanks for another wonderful recipe.

  9. We are fans of homemade pizza and calzones in this house. We make dough ahead and sometimes even breakfast calzones and freeze for snacks or easy meals later. My husband loves all pizza! So when we tried this recipe last fall, I was curious what he would think of a meatless pizza? Well, he loved it all the way down to the honey drizzle! The rosemary is a great touch. This is our pizza we crave and we have made it multiple times since our first try. It is delicious roasted on the grill! Thank you Sally for yet another FABULOUS recipe!!!

    1. Hey Sally. Your BBQ Chicken Pizza and Apple Gorgonzola Pizza Are My All Time Favourite. Surprisingly This Is The Only Meatless Pizza I Love…. Thanks For Making Me Fall In Love With Pizza… Prior To Your Recipes I Used To Hate Homemade Pizza And Certainly Despised The Veg Pizza (I Still Dislike It Though)… I Recommend You To Every Known Person…

  10. This was absolutely delicious! The crust (thanks to Sally’s recipe) turned out perfectly. I was so excited to try this and it did not disappoint! Thank you for a delectable treat! 

  11. I made this for my family, and they all loved it. Even my dad, who’s extremely picky and only likes pizza with pepperoni liked it. Thanks for the recipe, I’m going to make it again!

  12. İ bake a lot of pizzas but have never tried a recipe like this before. İt is simple and yet very delicious!
    Thank you for sharing! Greetings from Turkey.

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