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Honeyed Walnut and Gorgonzola Pizza
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Categories: California Cuisine, Cheese Recipes, Favorites, Meatless Dishes, Pizzas, Vegetarian Dishes
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Total Time: 2 hrs. 40 min.
Baking Time: 12 min.
Preparation Time: 48 min.
Rising Time: 1 hrs. 30 min.

This recipe was created trying to get rid of a few leftovers. All the combinations may sound a bit strange, but trust me, it tastes wonderful. As if it isn't weird enough already, you might try topping the pizza (after its been baked) with sliced pears sprinkled with balsamic vinegar.

For the Dough
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
For the Topping
2 heads roasted garlic
1/3 cup pesto sauce
1 cup Gorgonzola - crumbled
1 cup Jarlsberg cheese - shredded
1/4 cup walnuts - chopped
3 tablespoons honey

To make the Dough

In a small bowl, dissolve the honey in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir until it dissolves. Let the yeast mixture stand for 5 minutes, until a layer of foam forms on the surface. In a large bowl, combine the flour and the salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the olive oil and the yeast mixture. Stir the flour into the wet ingredients, until all the flour is incorporated. If its too dry, add more water. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 15 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into a ball and put in in a well-oiled bowl. Cover with a moist towel and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours).

To Make the Pizza

One hour before baking the pizzas, start preheating the oven with pizza stones inside at 500 degrees F. Punch the dough down, and divide into 4 equal portions. Roll out each portion into an 6-8 inch flat circle, leaving the edges a bit thicker than the center. Brush the the top of the pizza lightly with olive oil. Mash 1/4 of the roasted garlic cloves sporadically on the surface of the dough. Spread a thin layer (using 1/4 of the pesto sauce) of pesto sauce on top. Arrange 1/4 of the Gorgonzola and a 1/4 of the Jarlsberg on top. Stick pizza in the hot oven for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine honey with walnuts, until the walnuts are nicely coated. Sprinkle 1/4 of walnut mixture on top of pizza. Return pizza to oven until crust is crisp and cheese is bubbling (about 6 more minutes).

Calories: 644 Calories From Fat: 35%
Protein: 14g Carbohydrate: 91g
Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 676mg

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