This is a recipe we tried not too long ago. We found in it in the Weight Watchers magazine; it was one of their makeover recipes. It's a little high on the points scale for me -- it's 5 points for a small slice -- but we had fun making it together and it made the house smell divine! Cinnamon and apples baking in the oven is SO autumn!
The recipe is a little on the long side, but if you have a cold and blustery day outside, this is a perfect recipe to "cook up" together. (An idea to simplify the recipe would be to use a low-cal version of canned apple pie filling, instead of slicing and peeling and cutting ten apples....) The taste reminds me of the Apfel Kuchen I used to make. Don't think "pizza" here, think tart. It has a cookie crust, cream cheese and a streusel topping. Give it a try. It's dee-lish!
6 tablespoons light stick butter
10 Golden Delicious apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (18 1/4 oz.) box yellow cake mix
3 tablespoons fat-free milk
1 8 oz. package fat-free cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a deep 12 inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the apples, 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar, and the cinnamon. Cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are tender, about 15 minutes. About 2 minutes before the end of the cooking time, increase the heat and cook until the juices evaporate. Transfer the apple mixture to a large baking sheet and spread evenly. Let cool completely.
3. With an electric mixer, on low speed, beat the cake mix and 3 tablespoons of the butter in a large bowl until a fine meal forms. Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating just until small clumps form. Sprinkle the dough on a 14 inch non-stick pizza pan; press firmly to form an even layer. **
4. With the electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese and the remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Spread evenly over the crust, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Spoon the apple mixture evenly over the cream cheese mixture.
5. Dice the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, and diced butter in a small bowl. With your fingers, blend the mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle over the apple mixture. Bake until the "pizza" is browned at the edges and the center is set, about 45 minutes. Let cool in the pan, on a cooling rack. Cut into 16 wedges.
** If your pizza pan isn't non-stick, line it with foil and spray the foil with non-stick spray before covering it with the dough.
Serves 16. 5 points per slice.
photo credit: "Sweetie Pie", Weight Watchers magazine, September/October 2008 issue, p. 58