Pear and gorgonzola flatbread

February 22, 2015 Published by Dina 4 Comments

I am on a bit of a roll here in the kitchen. I should spend as much time exercising. I had pizza dough that I purchased from a local Italian market in the freezer and took it out last night  to thaw overnight  in the fridge. This afternoon I rolled it out and made a simple pizza with tomatoes and basil and this little pear and gorgonzola flatbread just for fun, no special occasion.

Pear and gorgonzola is a wonderful combination of sweet, salty, tangy and pungent. I like it in salads, on a  cheese tray, on top of pastry and dough, sweet or savoury and even made into a soup. I make this flatbread in a rectangular shape and cut it into slices that are easy to pick up with your fingers and eat in a couple of bites. It will be a treat for my husband when he comes back from working on his beloved sailboat (yes, it started already).

Spending time in the kitchen tends to make me feel better. I have been on the verge of tears all morning, realizing earlier today that I deleted all the pictures of our trip to Paris and Spain last winter from my laptop, believing that I had them saved on an external hard drive. I was SURE they were on that hard drive. As it was, when I went to retrieve them this morning, they were not there. I published posts from the trip on the blog and some pictures are saved that way, but all the personal images that I do not post on the blog are gone, or so it seems. We will see what happens. Maybe by some miracle they will show up somewhere.

Post note: my amazing son who can do anything was able to recover the images from the external hard drive. I knew I had them there. Now I am sorting through 18,000 recovered images to save what I need. But at least I have the pictures.

 


Pear and gorgonzola flatbread

Pear and gorgonzola flatbread


 

Ingredients:


DSC_0108Pizza dough (buy prepared ball of dough or see recipe here)

1 tablespoon sugar

1 pear, cored and sliced thinly

Gorgonzola

Radicchio, shredded

Flat leaf parsley, chopped

Chopped caramelized nuts


Note: Be sure to heat the oven up to its highest setting, preferably 500F, and if you have a pizza stone you will get a better crust. Heat up the oven in advance so it is well into the correct temperature when you slide the pizza onto the stone. I roll the pizza dough on a square piece of parchment paper, then cut around the dough to make it smaller. I slide a wide pizza peel or wide spatula under the parchment and place it onto the hot stone. A few minutes later I open the oven door and pull out the parchment from under the pizza, leaving the it to finish cooking directly on the stone.

Directions:


 

PearsRoll out the pizza dough into a rectangle (see note above).

Sprinkle some of the sugar over the dough, leaving the edges sugar free.

Arrange the pear slices, slightly overlapping, down the rectangular dough.

Break the gorgonzola into little pieces and scatter them over the pear slices.

Sprinkle remaining sugar over the flatbread.

Bake at 500F until the dough is puffed up and the pear topping begins to turn golden.

Remove from oven and let cool slightly on a cooling rack.

Shred a handful of radicchio and arrange in a row down the center of the flatbread.

Sprinkle chopped parsley and spoon the chopped caramelized nuts over top.

Slice into rectangles to serve.

Serve warm or at room temperature.


 

Pear and gorgonzola flatbread

Pear and gorgonzola flatbread

Pear and gorgonzola flatbread

Pear and gorgonzola flatbread



 

 

4 Comments

  • Murissa says:

    So sorry to hear about your photos Dina! There’s nothing that kicks me in the gut more than losing something like that. I am terrible with backups and really need to start doing that again before my personal computer slows any further.

    Flatbread is of my favourite things to make during the spring/summer/fall months. Flatbread is so versatile and you can really get creative with the toppings. I tend to make mine on the BBQ with basil, brie and apricots but a family favourite is pear and gorgonzola.

    • Dina says:

      Hi Murissa, so nice to hear from you. Thank you for the sympathy about losing the pictures. My son was able to recover them but now it means that I have to sort through 18,000 images that were recovered from that external hard drive, not all my own (it looks like it was a refurbished hard drive and other people’s pics are on it, horrors). At least I have them. The brie and apricots sounds like a lovely combination. I have made it with brie but not with apricots so I will put that on my list. I hope our path will cross at some of the food events this summer, now that we know what each other looks like:).

  • Marilyn Cameron says:

    So sorry that you lost those pictures Dina! Hopefully they will turn up for you

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