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Pear & Gorgonzola Focaccia
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1 (1-pound) loaf frozen white bread dough, thawed

3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

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

 *Substitute 2 medium (1 1/2 cups) apple, cored, sliced.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Grease 12-inch pizza pan.

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

    Heat oven to 400°F.

  5. STEP 5

    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.

Tip #1

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.

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