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Crępes with Gorgonzola and Pears
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Carole B
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:19 am    Post subject: Crępes with Gorgonzola and Pears Reply with quote

NOT one of my own recipes, but one from the family...the translation is mine!
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Crępes with Gorgonzola and Pears.

Ingredients
for 6 people

For the crępes:
2 eggs + 1 yolk, 200g of flour, ˝ litre of milk, a knob of butter.

For the white sauce:
50g of flour, 500ml of milk, 50g of butter, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.

For the filling:
5 pears, 200g grated parmesan, 150g mascarpone, 150g gorgonzola, knob of butter.

Preparation
For the crępes
Beat the eggs plus the extra yolk together with the sifted flour and the milk, mix well ensuring that the mixture is smooth with no lumps. Cover the dish with cling-film and leave to rest for approx 60 mins.
Lightly grease a non stick pan with butter and place on the gas, then spoon two desert spoons of the paste mixture and moving the pan to ensure a thin and even distribution of the mixture. Leave to cook on a medium heat until able to remove easily with the hands from the pan and turn over. Continue in this way until the mixture is finished.

For the White Sauce
‘Toast’ the flour in the butter in a suitable frying pan then add the previously heated milk , the salt, pepper and a little grated nutmeg. Cover during cooking and stir occasionally paying attention that the sauce does not stick or become lumpy. Leave the sauce reasonably ‘liquid’ (runny).

For the Filling
Cut the pears into small cubes and brown them slightly using the knob of butter. Add the gorgonzola and the mascarpone to the white sauce. Spread the resulting paste onto every crępe and add the pears, fold the crepes in four. Line them up, slightly overlapping in a small heat proof dish that has been previously coated with a thin layer of the sauce. Then add one or two desert spoonfuls of sauce over them, and finally sprinkle with the grated cheese. Place in the pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes and serve.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Carole! I'm sure that most of our members like this recipe.


(except for Rose and me... we do hate gorgonzola!) Shhh Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

goganga wrote:
Thanks Carole! I'm sure that most of our members like this recipe.


(except for Rose and me... we do hate gorgonzola!) Shhh Mr. Green


But the cheese melts and you don't see the blue veins - just taste the glorious flavour!

You could always try 'Dolce Latte'. Now there's an idea! idea!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carole B wrote:
You could always try 'Dolce Latte'. Now there's an idea! idea!

That's a good idea!!! Dancing

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we could leave out the gorgonzola cheese? Gorgonzola cheese does not have a glorious flavor according to my and Goganga's taste buds Carole. This is only our opinion. I'm sure many others love the taste of it.

We do appreciate your posting the recipe and hope other members try it and will enjoy it.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All right, I need to take a stand! What a minute while I climb....


I just love gorgonzola!

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Thank you for posting the recipe, Carole!

Maria....

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just love gorgonzola! Me too!!! That sounds like the best part.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gil,
i just noticed you are also from Connecticut! What town? I am from Madison.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You folks just have to forgive this "meticana" for not liking gorgonzola cheese. USA Flag

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rosie B. wrote:
You folks just have to forgive this "meticana" for not liking gorgonzola cheese. USA Flag

Rosie - shall I let you into a secret?

Well - when I first lived in Italy the village was very near to Milano, BUT it was only 6 miles from Gorgonzola. My husband adored Gorgonzola and we drove to the village (as it was then) a couple of times a month for his cheese. I 'kid you not' when I say that it was so blo*dy strong that when you put it on the table it walked to your plate all by itself!!!!

And I couldn't bear the thought of eating 'mouldy food'!

But then, after my 'h/a' I was not allowed any cheese for some time. But after a long time I was allowed to go back to the UK for 'family reasons'. Well I drove there and back, and was (even if I say so myself) very good while there...I didn't eat ANY cheese. But on the journey back - by myself - through France to Italy, I stopped at an hotel one night and had my evening meal there....They had a cheese 'selection' on the menu as the final course - so , yes you've guessed, that's what I ordered. But when it came (with apologies from the waiter) they only had Roquefort cheese left. Well, if not gorgonzola - it is at least it's brother. Yes I ate it.....Eyes closed and almost holding my nose too. But Oh man.... it was delicious! Honestly I never thought it would be.....but how wrong could I be?

Now, living here in the land of Gorgonzola I do spoil myself VERY RARELY and buy a little bit of 'Dolce Latte'. Shhh

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maria,

I'm just up the roads (95 + 395) from you in the small Town of Lisbon. My daughter works for ACES, in North Haven, and teaches pre-school at the Town Hall Complex in Madison.

Great news about your exam and your job in Waterford. My wife and I both remember how beautiful the beach was before the power plants took over. Happy Holidays!!!

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I'm just up the roads (95 + 395) from you in the small Town of Lisbon. My daughter works for ACES, in North Haven, and teaches pre-school at the Town Hall Complex in Madison.


Now, that is indeed a small world. Your daughter works in my town!

I know the little town of Lisbon, very charming and peaceful as if time has stood still. Our secretary in my old group, before I started 'reactor school' grew up there and her parents invited me for her baby shower (twins). Her maiden name is Jones, so I don't know if you know the family. I am venturing that since Lisbon is a small community. The shower was held upstairs of the library building. The babies, boys, should be two in February.


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My wife and I both remember how beautiful the beach was before the power plants took over. Happy Holidays!!!


Now, I feel you know most of my secrets!

I often marvel as I take a walk along the beautiful beach within the boundaries of the power plant, what a beautiful piece of real state it is and too bad they built a power plant there. But then I look at all the wild life that strives there, unafraid of being hunted, and console myself that probably they would have built beach houses there and the osprey would not have made a comeback the way it has and I would not enjoy the antics of baby foxes. There is a nature center there and a small beach and a pier, but sadly after 9/11 everything within the power plant's boundaries had to be closed off to the nearby community. Otherwise I would have invited you to visit and relax there. Now the pier is used by the Coast Guard during their rounds to protect us against terrorists. But these are the times.

They have built a beautiful boardwalk in the nearby village of Niantic. Have you visited it?

Happy Holidays to you and your wife.

Maria


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In the picture below, if you follow the curve of the coastline, you should see the power plant at the tip of the point (peninsula).


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My in-laws retired to Gunshot Road in Waterford and the beach by the power plant was within walking distance. Niantic did a good job fixing up the waterfront in recent years. I think the boardwalk is their pride and joy. The view is beautiful unless you look up. It is unbelievable how many power plants we have in New London County. Lisbon has two rivers dammed up with hydro plants in Norwich and Preston. We also have a garbage burner as does Preston. Sterling burns tires. Montville has that filthy coal plant. Waterford has all of the states Nuc's. It really gets to me to hear those guys living in Fairfield & Litchfield counties crying about gas plants and/or power lines. Enough ranting already - I need fried clams!!!!

Are you sure that you went to the shower in Lisbon and not Lebanon? We are one of the few towns without a library. We do have one at the grade school but, I don't think they have showers there. Maybe you went to Lebanon as that is a town that has stood still in time.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carole, I just wanted to let you know I did read your story about gorgonzola cheese.

I'm glad to hear that you do indeed enjoy it. After all, not all of us have the same tastes right?

I really would have loved to be there with you on your solo trip, stopping at a hotel and having your meal. Yes, I do believe I would've loved being there with you, cheese and all. hug

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rosie B. wrote:

.....I really would have loved to be there with you on your solo trip, stopping at a hotel and having your meal. Yes, I do believe I would've loved being there with you, cheese and all. hug


And I would have loved having you with me too....Dancing

How about 'next time'???? There's plenty of room!

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