1 (1-pound) loaf frozen white bread dough, thawed
2 medium (1 1/2 cups) ripe pears, cored, sliced*
1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
4 ounces Gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled
Grease 12-inch pizza pan.
Press bread dough into prepared pan, forming ridge around edge of pan. Brush with
1 tablespoon butter. Let rise in warm place 20 minutes or until double in size.
Melt remaining butter in heavy 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add pear slices. Cook over medium heat 3 minutes, gently turning occasionally. Sprinkle with sugar. Continue cooking 4-6 minutes or until pears are tender.
Heat oven to 400°F.
Place pears over dough; sprinkle with red pepper and rosemary. Bake 15-20 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown. Sprinkle with Gorgonzola; continue baking 2-3 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Serve hot or warm.
*Substitute 2 medium (1 1/2 cups) apple, cored, sliced.
Gorgonzola is Italy's version of blue cheese, made with cow's milk. The cheese is inoculated with Penicillium mold to create the blue-green veins in a creamy, golden cheese. When it is young, Gorgonzola is creamy and smooth, but becomes sharper in flavor and drier in texture as it ages.