2012 Advent Calendar, Day 13

There will be more DIY gifts and desserts to come, but for now, kick back, hang out with the family (or friends, or pets), and make some pizza. Maybe put on a movie and some comfy loungewear and enjoy an evening in.

I was inspired by both the arrival of the new Cup4Cup Pizza Crust Mix in stores and this recipe, though I changed it up pretty significantly. I kept the pear base but played around with nearly everything else.

2012 Advent Calendar, Day 13

Pears and gorgonzola are a beautiful thing, but add a drizzle of honey (truffle, if you have it), and the whole thing sings.

2012 Advent Calendar, Day 13

If you’re worried about gorgonzola or blue cheese being gluten-free, you need to check into it, but you certainly can find GF versions of them both. This page is old, but lists commercial options for each. Or, if you get the good stuff, your cheesemonger should be able to steer you in the right direction.

recipe after the jump

Pear and Gorgonzola Pizzas

I call for long pepper below, and while you can substitute regular black pepper, this is worth seeking out; I found it in the bulk aisle at Whole Foods. It adds a perfumed complexity to any dish and marries well with the savory sweetness of this pizza. It can be ground in a spice grinder.

1 package Cup4Cup Pizza Crust Mix
Butter, melted
3-4 bosc pears, washed and thinly sliced
Gorgonzola, crumbled
Long pepper, ground
Honey, regular or truffle
Walnuts, toasted and chopped

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. If using a pizza stone, place on bottom rack of oven.

Make Cup4Cup dough mix according to directions. Divide the dough into four balls, wrapping three in plastic wrap and setting aside as you make the first pizza.

Between two sheets of parchment paper, roll out dough to about 1/8 thickness. Remove top sheet of parchment and fold over the outer edges of the crust to make a lip, pinching well to seal. Brush crust with melted butter and prick the base of the crust with a fork. Slide the dough on the parchment into the oven and prebake for 8-10 minutes until crust is light golden brown.

Remove from oven, add pear slices and crumbled cheese, then sprinkle with ground long pepper. Slide pizza into the oven on the parchment and bake until cheese has melted. Top with toasted walnuts and drizzle with honey before serving.

Repeat with remaining dough.

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