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Even to the most experienced cook, making an apple pie -- on top of the other 150 different dishes you need to prepare for Thanksgiving -- can be a bit tedious. We found a recipe that not only deliciously innovates beyond basic apple pie, but is fun and simple enough for you to make with your kids. It doesn't hurt that it's called Apple Pie Pizza. We serve ours with a supereasy strawberry sauce drizzled over and around it. Pretend it's tomato sauce!

What you'll need:

  • Apple Pie Pizza recipe (feel free to use butter instead of margarine in the pie topping if trans fats are a concern for you)
  • Frozen strawberries, 1 bag, thawed in the refrigerator
  • Sugar, 1/4 cup or to taste
  • Grated zest of half an orange
  • Blender


What you'll do:

Follow the recipe. Kids of all ages will enjoy "smushing" the bread dough into the pan that forms the base of this "pizza pie." If someone in your family needs (or just wants) to avoid almonds in the pizza, golden raisins make a delicious substitute.

While the pizza is baking in the oven, make the strawberry sauce.

Put the strawberries in a saucepan. Add the sugar and the orange zest. (You can leave out the sugar if you want. You won't really miss it.)

Cook the strawberries over low heat until they come to a simmer (when gentle bubbles begin to appear at the edge of the pot). Continue to simmer for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally.

Let the mixture cool slightly. (You don't want to try the next part of the recipe with scalding hot berries.)

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