This pear and gorgonzola cheese tart looks like it is quite a production but is surprisingly easy. A home made buttery shortcrust pastry encases a gorgonzola dolce cheese filling and is topped with sliced pears. There's a final drizzle of honey and some rosemary. Think a cheese plate, in a tart!
The most onerous part of this is probably the pastry. You can use store bought pastry but I love the flavour and texture of home made pastry. What I like to do is make the pastry the night before (this takes around 5 minutes) and let it rest overnight. Then it's just rolling out the pastry and then filling it on the day so that the pastry is crisp and fresh. Don't be tempted to roll out the pastry straight away. This is a pastry rich in butter so it really needs a rest.
Don't have gorgonzola? Most cheeses suit this - goat's cheese, cream cheese, feta - basically any cheese that goes with pears on a cheese plate.
Beurre Bosc pears are best for this as you won't get the same visual effect from other types of pears (perhaps a very bright red pear might also be nice). Beurre Bosc pears were first cultivated in France and now grow around the world. They have a brown skin and creamy, juicy white flesh ("beurre" means butter and it was named after its buttery texture). Beurre Bosc pears keep their shape well for baking. It has a tapering shape and a smooth finish and I always think of it as the most photogenic pear (yes I'm weird that way).
I couldn't decide whether this was a sweet or savoury item so I served it both as a dessert and for Mr NQN's lunch and he was very happy because he loved the amount of juicy pear. It's basically one whole pear per serve. It's a little bit sweet but not overly so and I think if you have someone that always orders a cheese plate because cakes are too sweet, they would adore this.
Although I love desserts and sweets I am often tempted by a cheese plate after dinner. I didn't grow up eating nice cheeses, I think supermarket plastic cheese was the only cheese on offer when I was a child but I am definitely making up for lost time now and will have about half a dozen cheeses in my fridge on the go at one time.
When I tweeted a cheese toastie I had eaten at Pina, a follower on twitter @pjsweeney tweeted a response. He said that he has a friend from Moldova who told him of a local saying involving cheese. It is for when you are in control of a situation or decision making and the saying goes, “I have the knife, I have the cheese”. Isn't that clever? I'm definitely going to use it from now on!
So tell me Dear Reader, how many cheeses do you have in your fridge at the moment? Do you like gorgonzola dolce? Have you ever heard of this saying?