When apple season and flatbread pizza have a meet-cute, the following recipe is the result! This Caramelized Onion, Apple and Flatbread Pizza has an incredible mix of flavors. From the nutty taste of the cheese, the sweet onion, the sweet apple and the crispy salty bacon – It simply is a taste sensation of epic proportions!
Apple season is well and truly here and if you love a salty/sweet bite AND pizza, this is just what the doctor ordered.
Flatbread, as it’s so aptly named, is called just that because it is pizza dough-style bread, but it contains absolutely no yeast. This way it stays relatively flat and, without yeast, it doesn’t rise all that much. But… it has leavening agents to give it just a little, necessary lift and yogurt to make it light and tender.
Let’s talk about something truly delectable – caramelized onions. While they may not be the labor of love you may think they are, as they do take a little more time to prepare, but it’s time well spent, in my opinion.
Cooking the onions low and slow really is the only way to bring out the amazing sweetness and flavor an onion has to offer. I have a recipe for Curry Caramelized Onions (picture below) that would also be delicious on this Caramelized Onion, Apple and Bacon Flatbread Pizza.
Red sweet apples are best for this recipe. The big plus is as they roast, their sweetness intensifies.
When it comes to shaping flatbread, I like to form it into a rectangle shape which distinguishes it from the typical round pizza. I also find that manipulating the dough into this shape is easier, but you can make it into whichever shape you like based on your mood!
If you have any questions regarding this Caramelized Onion, Apple and Bacon Flatbread Pizza or have made it and would like to leave feedback, you can do that in the comment section below.
Caramelized onion, apple and bacon flatbread pizza
Sweet caramelized onions and apples, smokey bacon and creamy fontina cheese on yeast-free flatbread dough.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
For the flatbread:
1 cup (128 grams) all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
¼ cup (32 grams) plain yogurt, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
¼ to ⅓ cup (59 to 78 ml) water
Olive oil for brushing onto dough
For the toppings:
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoons butter, unsalted
3 cups (330 grams) yellow onion, halved and sliced
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups (98 grams) fontina cheese, grated
1 medium red apple, thinly sliced
4 slices cooked bacon, cut into large pieces
Italian parsley, optional, finely chopped
To make the flatbread:
To a mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mix. Add the yogurt, sugar and oil. Start mixing with a fork and add a little water and mix until the dough forms a ball. Use as much water as you need to, but you don't want it sticky. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is soft and stretchy. Rub the inside of the mixing bowl with a little oil. Place the dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel. Place in the oven or microwave (without turning it on) or a warm space for 30 minutes until the dough has increased in size.
To make the toppings (while the dough is resting): Cook the onions until they start to brown, about 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and stir. When they start to brown, removed from the heat and set aside.
Preheat oven to 500°F/260°C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Use your hands to shape into a rectangle. You can also make it round. Place the dough onto the baking sheet, brush with olive oil and bake for 5 minutes until it starts to turn brown (you don’t want it brown yet). If parts bubble up, don’t worry, they will flatten when you remove from the oven. If you’re using a dark pan, it will cook faster.
Remove from the oven and add the toppings: grated cheese, onions, apples and bacon.
Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, about 8-10 minutes. Again, it will be faster if using a darker pan.
Top with chopped Italian parsley (optional), slice and serve.
34 Comments on “Caramelized Onion, Apple and Bacon Flatbread Pizza”
I make something just like that with puff pastry. I use caramelized Vidalia Onions, fresh sage, apples and Gruyere cheese…. it is Spectacular!
Sounds delicious and puff pastry is a great shortcut.
I’m looking forward to making my own dough. Can I make it a day head?
You can. Just keep it wrapped really well in plastic wrap and a zip bag if possible. Enjoy.
This looks delicious! Great for fall weather! (course, I wish we had cooler temps here is CA, but that’s what we get, right!) I love the combination of caramelized onion and apple on this!
Hmm these look delicious, thanks for posting up this recipe, looks quite simple to make.
Thank you Simon
Love this idea of a flatbread. I love the taste combination of Apples and Onions.
It’s all about caramelized onions today in my world and this flatbread recipe is PERFECT. I’m a huge flatbread fan and your flavor combinations sound absolutely delicious.
I featured this recipe onmy page and it was a big hit!
Oooh man does this sound good or what? Thank you for sharing with us at The Wednesday Round Up and we hope to see you back next week!
I love anything pizza, flat bread or whatever resembles to them! I bet the caramelized onions make all the difference here!
Hi Janette! (Apologies if this is a repeat post, by the way. I just tried to post here but I don’t think it worked …)
I just love that you’ve combined apples with the wholemeal dough here. Seems to make perfect sense to me. Apples and nuts = a perfect combo! And with that lovely oozy melty cheese, too, I think I’d be in heaven eating this for dinner!
Wow! Amazing flavors here and it’s gorgeous to boot! Well done, Janette!
Great combination of flavors Janette! I love flat bread pizzas! Pinned!
What a beautiful combination of flavors for a pizza! I really love the whole wheat base too! This is lovely 🙂
This is a classic combination of flavors. Love it. Wish I new it was National Pizza day, I could have made a pizza for supper instead of being in the kitchen for 3 hours making a big dinner. :). Pinning/sharing.
What a beautiful pizza! Love the combination of flavours and the crust looks so tasty too!
These are exactly the kind of flavors I love. This is beautiful and I bet delicious!
Oh, I do love this flavour combination and would love a piece now and it’s only breakfast time, but hey there is fruit and bread:)
This looks so good! I’d love to make this and cut it into small servings for a Happy Hour party. Thanks for the awesome idea!
Looks great and everything from scratch.
I love caramelized onion and bacons, but the apples. That is new to me, totally need to try it!
Those are some of the best pizza toppings ever! LOVE this!
Thank you Becca, I always think of you when I cook with bacon 🙂
This sounds like an amazing combination! I can’t wait to try it!
This looks amazing lady! Great job!
Thank you so much Loriann
this is such a coincidence Janette! I just published a pizza with caramelized onions a couple hours ago. great minds think aline I guess 🙂 I love how you did sweet-sweet-salty with the apples and bacon too mmmmmmm!
I know, I said the same thing on your post, which looks amazing.
Oh my gawd!!!! I absolutely love the combination of caramelized onions and apples! And then you added bacon too! Oh my, I would totally devour this flatbread pizza.
Thank you Kathleen, I may have eaten most of it after the photo shoot 🙂
The combination of flavors going on in this pizza is just wonderful. I gave you the fullest amount of love from the blog and grabbed the link and photo to share on G+. YUM and SU included! Great job with this!
Thank you so much for your support Patty