Monday, February 4, 2013

Gorgonzola Torte


Pungent, creamy, rindy, milky, sweet, smooth, hard, coarse, crumbly, soft. If chocolate and billowy clouds of confections are food of the goods, cheese is food of the earth.


I found this on Pinterest and followed the recipe to the grand Boulder Lovcavore blog which I have followed for years. I cut the recipe down because I needed to feed 5 and I thought it would never all get eaten. But I encourage you to look at the original recipe complete with the beautiful photos. Find it here. If you are feeding a crowd, I encourage you to go with the full recipe. Plus your slices will be much thicker and more welcoming.

It's sweet, earthy, creamy, spreadable and fulfills all tastebud requirements. It can be dressed down for sports and dressed up - for what? What do I say without sounding pretentious? Let's just say - it's a torte for all seasons.



Smear it on a pear, bread or crackers. I am thinking roasted figs (now sadly out of season) would make it sing.  And the next time - I'll leave off the extra sour cream. I don't need to calm the gorgonzola down. I like it assertive. I'm pleased. I have my mother's mouse gene. Blue cheeses do not scare me.

As noted, the original recipe has pecans which I lefty out because of allergies. But feel free to add them - the crunch and nutsy earth would be grand.



Ingredients
1-8 ounce package cream cheese
6 ounces Gorgonzola (Gorgonzola Dolce is very nice here... just saying)
1-1/4 cups sour cream (can use less if you decide not to add on the extra sour cream at end)
1/8 white pepper
1 egg
1/4 cup egg whites
1/4 cup scallions or chives



Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Prep a 9-inch springform pan by buttering ( it or spraying it liberally).

Beat cream cheese and blue cheese until creamy. Add egg and beat. Add egg whites and beat. Mix in sour cream and lightly beat. Stir in white pepper and scallions/chives.

Pour into springform pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until knife inserted into middle comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes.

*Optional: I did this but didn't need to: add 3/4 cup of sour cream to top of torte. Bake for additional 5-10 minutes and cool and refrigerate for 3 hours - or preferably over night. Remove springform and slice and serve.

Writing all winter - for we do have winter. I blog and visit only 1 day per week. 2013 is different than 2012 but I endeavor to find all of you. There is writer's block as you can see.



And then they sleep on the computer and I melt.


Just as I wish the snow would melt.

31 comments:

Pearl said...

That looks so delicious! Whenever I read your blog and look at the photos, I'm transported back to Italy. *dreamy* :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Ooooh...I love gorgonzola cheese and this would be a wonderful way to serve it as a party appetizer, Claudia!

Your kitties are so cute! They look like bookends!

Beth said...

This recipe sounds exceptional. I'd love to try it, on one of these cold winter days.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love the idea of being able to dress this up or down.
Sam

Frank Fariello said...

Cheese maven that I am, this looks incredibly good to me!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Anyone who doesn't love gorgonzola cheese can't be trusted. Wish I'd had this recipe for Superbowl Sunday. Keep the photos of the cats coming. I love them.

Angie's Recipes said...

That's a party of flavours and it's loaded with protein!!
Cute kitties!

Mari Núñez said...

A very different torte that looks delicious. If it has chives in it, I will love it. :)

Lizzy Do said...

I don't mind the kitty version of writer's block...they are adorable! And loving this Gorgonzola Torte. I'll save the recipe for my book club...I just know they'll swoon :)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Oh, this is a terrific recipe! I read this on Boulder Lovcavore, too, and was smitten by it (and bookmarked it to make later). Great job! And such lovely kitties. My cat usually likes to interrupt me when I'm on the computer to do something more important like groom him or play with him. ;-) Fun post - thanks.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

great recipe love her blog

Juliana said...

So interestingtheis Gorgonzola torte...and I am sure that is a crowd pleaser...
The pictures of the cats/kitties are so cute Claudia...have a great week!

Mary said...

What a terrific recipe. I love all types of cheese, and this offering is perfect for weekends around here. Your cats are beautiful and make great watch dogs :-). I hope your week goes well, Claudia. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

The Sketched Chef said...

Interesting !
I have never eaten gorgonzola torte, bit it looks amazing.

Reeni Pisano said...

Winter has me craving cheese like you wouldn't believe! Every week at the market I buy 5 or 6 different kinds - this is going on my list for next week. What sweet little furballs to keep you company!

Joanne said...

mmm this is certainly the perfect savory cheesecake! I'd be in danger of eating the whole thing!

Gloria said...

This is just beautiful Claudia!!

Gina Stanley said...

I could live off cheese alone! Although figs do sound good with it, I have some dried ones in the pantry. Maybe a smaller pan would make it thicker like you wanted. I hope this helped with the block. I was blocked, until something set me off, lol.
Keep warm,
-Gina-

Amy said...

What a beautiful tart. I can imagine how delicious and scrumptious it is. I love Gorgonzola.

Your cats are so beautiful. So precious. :)

FOODESSA said...

I haven't fed a crowd in a while...your downsized recipe suits me perfectly. A must try for sure.

Claudia...I confess to not ever being comfortable with cats ...however, your two cats cuddling like that has warmed my heart...really adorable together. Hope they bring you as much joy as my puppy brings me ;o)

Have a wonderful week,
Claudia

Chiara Giglio said...

This tarte looks so delicious Claudia ! Have a nice week !

SKIP TO MALOU said...

Hello Claudia, I thought of you today, hence I'm here. You know with the snow storm and all, (I know it's in the Northeast) But when I think of snow, I think of MN haha.
Sending you warm thoughts... looking at your cats so cozy makes me smile.
Happy Sunday!

Monet said...

Gorgonzola and kitties? How could this get any better? Thank you for sharing this sweet post. I hope you are having a wonderful week of good food, love, and laughter.

Cucina49 said...

I don't know what to comment on first, the delicious spread or the cute cats! The spread looks amazing, but I wish an end to your writer's block soon.

Kathy said...

Love your beautiful cats! So sweet!
Oh does that Gorgonzola Torte look wonderfully delicious! I just bookmarked it…a perfect appetizer!

Jeannie Tay said...

Delicious! I would make this some day when I am not so full of cookies and cakes from all the festive celebrations! Have a great day ahead:D

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

What a very fabulous recipe, dear Claudia! It looks so appetizing too!

You have lovely cute cats! They look adorable!

Vagabonde said...

I love cheese and we have a lot of pecans from here in Georgia. I’ll try your recipe as it sounds and looks very good.

We Are Not Martha said...

Oh my gosh- I could most definitely eat this entire thing!!

Sues

Lori Lynn said...

Oh gosh, I can see why you were drawn to this recipe!
LL

Erica said...

Wow! this sounds amazing,Claudia!I love gorgonzola....I have to try this soon!