This is a savoury dish which can be used to make a perfect cool-weather salad, with rocket and radicchio, if in season, and slices of prosciutto. Add walnuts that have been roasted then rubbed of their skins, then toss the salad with a little extra virgin olive oil and slivers of blue cheese, bocconcini or goat’s curd.
Can be started the day before …


  • Dried Pears Poached in Verjuice

  • 1½ cups (375 ml) verjuice

  • rind of 1 lemon

  • 2 fresh bay leaves

  • 6 black peppercorns

  • ½ “strips of 1 lemon

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 200 g dried pears

  • To serve

  • 200 g dolce gorgonzola

  • 200 g mascarpone – the thickest one you can find

  • 16 walnuts, pre-roasted and skins rubbed off


  • 1.

    Place all the ingredients except pears in a heavy-based saucepan. Slowly bring to the boil over medium heat, then immediately reduce the heat to low, add pears (do not allow them to overlap) and simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until the dried pears are soft. Set aside, leaving pears to cool in the poaching liquid.

  • 2.

    When the pears are cool, take out of the liquid and pat dry; this liquid can be used again

  • 3.

    For poaching or in the next vinaigrette you make.

  • 4.

    Once the pears are cool, choose a serving dish or mould that is a round or rectangle in shape. Line with cling wrap.

  • 5.

    Divide the dolce gorgonzola and Mascarpone into three portions.

  • 6.

    Begin with one third of gorgonzola pressed into the mould. Then place one third mascarpone. At this stage you might have to refrigerate to set the mascarpone a little. Continue with this layering and finish with a layer of mascarpone.

  • 7.

    Serve with walnuts and serve with poached pears.

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Posted by Joanne152Report
This is so rich but so rewarding. Simple to make and different to taste. Wonderfully decadent!!!
Posted by JB309Report
Sounds absolutely decadent. One of those recipes you do for a special occasion as so fattening!!

Thanks have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Maggie.
Posted by DW21Report
How good is this!!!What a great treat to serve guests over a nice glass of sauvignon blanc