Gorgonzola and Pear Focaccia Recipe # 808

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Proof Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 30 to 35 minutes

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 envelope Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Sweet Basil
1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Italian Herb Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Lemon Peel
1/4 teaspoon Spice Islands® Onion Powder
1 tablespoon Mazola® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)

1 tablespoon Mazola® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Italian blend cheese
1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 Bosc pear
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For bread: Mix flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and spices in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and water. Stir until well mixed. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft free place for 30 minutes (will not double in bulk).

Pat dough into a 10-inch circle with oiled fingers on a greased pizza pan. Dough should be about 1/2-inch thick. Poke holes into the dough about 2 inches apart, using fingers or the handle of a wooden spoon.

For topping: Drizzle bread with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with cheeses and olives. Slice pear into fourths; core. Cut each fourth into thin slices. Place pears evenly on the dough and top with walnuts and remaining 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.

Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.





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