Pears with Maple Walnuts and Gorgonzola

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

Gorgonzola dolce, or dolcelatte, is a creamy, slightly sweet blue cheese. Look for it in specialty shops. If you can't find it, try regular Gorgonzola, which will have a richer flavor.


  • 1 ¼ teaspoons granulated sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

  • 4 ripe red Bartlett pears, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into wedges

  • 8 ounces Gorgonzola dolce, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir sugar and salt in a small bowl; set aside. Put butter and maple syrup into a large saute pan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add nuts; toss to coat.

  2. Transfer nuts to a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar mixture; toss to coat. Toast in oven until fragrant, about 7 minutes. Let nuts cool completely on sheet on a wire rack.

  3. To serve, arrange candied nuts, pear wedges, and Gorgonzola on a serving platter.

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