Blue Cheese and Pear Tart

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by Megan on January 11, 2011

I have had my fair share of failures,

believe me!

Not everything I make, gets put on this blog.

For instance…,

at Christmas,

I made a this yummy Gingerbread Cheesecake.

Spiced Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe

I didn’t  bake it quite long enough.

I took it to Christmas dinner.

I thought the flavor was great.

But the pictures?

Not so good.

I thought about whipping up another cheesecake, you know, for the blog’s sake.

And then Christmas was over.

The Gingerbread cheesecake, didn’t make the cut.

Last week I made some Meatball soup.


It was good.

It got gobbled up.

But it took so many pots and pans, and so much time, there was no way I was ever going to make it again.

I wouldn’t suggest the recipe.

The soup didn’t make the blog.

I was excited to try this Cinnamon Chip Bread Recipe.

Bread with cinnamon chips

I knew I was in trouble when the directions said “beat the batter until smooth”.

My batter was so stiff there was no beating. The bread turned out dry.

It made some awesome toast!!

But, not the blog.

I made a couple bacon wrapped meat loaves.

Easy appetizer Recipe

It was a good idea…, but use your own meatloaf recipe.

I wont be posting that  either.

And then…

there was this

Blue Cheese and Pear Tart.

Blue Cheese and Pear Appetizer

The pictures?

Not so great.

The flavor?


This is one appetizer, I not only recommend, I’ll be making again…and again.

It’s quick and easy using frozen puff pastry.

Easy Blue Cheese and Pear Appetizer

Blue cheese, sliced  pears, and  fresh thyme is the perfect flavor combination.

It’s elegant enough for a dinner party, but easy enough for a casual get together.

and perfect for the blog!!!


Blue Cheese and Pear Tart

From Sunset


* 1 sheet thawed frozen puff pastry (8.6 oz.)
* 1 large egg
* 2/3 cup Gorgonzola dolce cheese (???  I used Gorgonzola that was in chunks!)
* 1/2 small onion, sliced
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
* 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

1. Preheat oven to 425° with a rack set on bottom. Lay dough flat on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Poke holes all over dough with a fork, leaving the outer inch untouched. Bake until dough starts to puff, about 10 minutes.

2. Whisk together egg and cheese until smooth and spread over dough, using a spoon to move mixture toward the corners. Sauté onion in oil in a frying pan until softened. Scatter onion and pear over cheese.

3. Bake until pastry is golden brown and egg has set, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with thyme and cut into squares.
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1 Lyndsey January 12, 2011 at 7:27 am

I love seeing the recipes that don’t make the cut too. It’s good to know what doesn’t work or letting us know what you’d do different next time…or not. I think the cake photo is fine if you want to post the recipe. you can always add a new photo later (that’s what I’ve done) :D Thanks for sharing these…

Tthe tart looks awesome, except I don’t eat pears so I’d use apples! Love blue cheese!! Can you bring that to our book club? Thanks!

2 Laurie January 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

Oh Megan.. that looks delicious! I think gorgonzola with pears is divine!
Hey.. on a side not, I hadn’t known till recently, but Rich and his family left our old church.. I saw him recently at the church we have now been attending for the past two years. I think he will be playing and singing along with our worship team here too. Ciao and hugs!

3 Barbara Bakes January 12, 2011 at 11:02 am

What a fun post! I have lots of recipes and photos that don’t make the blog either. lol I would love to try the tart.

4 Suzanne Collier January 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

Love the post. I have too many “failures” to mention in one blog post. LOL!!! However, OMG! You won’t believe that I just got back from the store (COSTCO, my fave) with a big bag of awesome pears and some fresh blue cheese! SuperBowl buffet is calling this one’s name!

5 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme January 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

You wouldn’t believe some of the things that I try and never post :-) But this blue cheese and pear tart – girl! I have got to make that immediately!

6 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food January 13, 2011 at 4:51 am

I think you set the bar too high for several of your recipe bloopers, which look darned good to me. Don’t be surprised if I pester you for the recipes! Thank goodness you didn’t withhold this gorgeous, totally yummy pear and blue cheese tart too. I’m definitely penciling this one in to make next week!

7 Elle January 13, 2011 at 4:56 am

I love this post! It happens so often, doesn’t it? Stuff just doesn’t make the cut, or gets devoured before you can get pics, etc…

Love that you made toast with the dry cinnamon bread–that’s genius!

8 Lynn @ Sprinkles of Flavor January 13, 2011 at 5:05 am

What a wonderful post, especially for a newbie like me. My food blog is really an afterthought for one of my loves, cooking, so it helps me to see that even food bloggers have off days (just like me :0) ) !!! and I am like you, if it tastes good, I can get past how it looks!!! But understand not so pretty for the food blog world that is full of magnificent pics!! sometimes I wonder how do they do that!?!

9 Cajun Chef Ryan January 13, 2011 at 5:37 am

You know, for me is it more about flavor, taste, and the pleasing tecture of the food, way more than how good it looks on camera.

Too much emphasis is placed on food styling these days where food is touched, pricked, brushed, tweezered, and then you can not even eat it because it sat out for hours waiting for a camera. Just my short rant ! Sorry!

Love the pear and blue cheese tart!

Bon appetit!

10 Maria January 13, 2011 at 6:56 am

Fun post and I love the tart!

11 5 Star Foodie January 13, 2011 at 6:58 am

It sounds wonderfully delicious with the combination of blue cheese and pear, yum!

12 Damaris @Kitchen Corners January 13, 2011 at 7:50 am

I found you via Marla’s beautiful blog. I’m glad I did. I’m not a huge fan of blue cheese but I am a fan of cheese, pears, and tarts. this gave me some good ideas for a quick lunch.

13 Blond Duck January 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I know what you mean! The last couple of things I made got eaten before I could get any decent pictures! I’m a terrible food blogger! :)

14 Ann January 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm

This tart looks wonderful. A lot of the dishes that didn’t make the cut looked really good too!

15 Heather Davis January 14, 2011 at 1:04 am

All your “failures” look pretty good to me! The tart looks especially good. Does sound like a perfect appetizer.

16 Kathleen January 14, 2011 at 7:59 am

Looks and sounds great Megan. Just bought some pears yesterday for a sweet tart but will try this for an appetizer soon.

17 Nutmeg Nanny January 14, 2011 at 8:55 am

I think the combination of blue cheese and pears sounds delicious. I bet your family just loved it :)

18 Lisa January 14, 2011 at 10:10 am

This post just brought a smile to my face. I can totally relate, having had many baking failures myself that I didn’t post either. But, I’m glad you decided to post the tart because it sounds delicious.

19 SMITH BITES January 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm

pears and blue cheese are a match made in heaven – glad this one made it!!

20 Delishhh January 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

OH WOW – blue cheese and pear, gorgeous and so tasty! I can just eat pears and dip it in some kind of blue cheese dip, this must be heavily. Love it! Don’t feel bad about blog posts not making it. Only about 50% of mine do. Lost of the time i eat chicken soup and stir fry for dinner and who wants to read about that 10 more times :)

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