RECIPE

Baked pears with blue cheese, walnuts and thyme

Serves: 6
Prep: 15 minutes + chill time
Cooks In: 30 minutes

Baked pears with blue cheese, walnuts and thyme

These pretty pears are a wonderful addition to a cheeseboard. They look so elegant and impressive despite being so easy to make.

Blue cheese with pear is a classic combination that I absolutely love. Serve these as part of a cheeseboard alongside this fruity goats cheese log when entertaining, or simply with some crackers or crème fraîche. You could get the pears prepared earlier in the day if you’re having a dinner party. Just pop in the oven after dinner to finish off.

If you like this, you’ll love my Roast pumpkin, pear, avocado salad with blue cheese and a raspberry balsamic dressing.

Ingredients

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  • pears (I used small Beurre Bosc) 6
  • soft blue cheese 100 grams
  • walnuts ½ cup, chopped
  • sultanas ½ cup
  • fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon
  • ready-rolled sweet short pastry 3 sheets
  • egg yolk 1
  • honey 1 tablespoon
  • water 2 tablespoons

Method

  1. Using a small measuring spoon or melon baller, hollow out base and core of each pear, leaving a cavity for the filling.

  2. Combine blue cheese, walnuts, sultanas and thyme and mix well. Fill the base of each pear with the cheese mixture.

  3. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and roll each pastry sheet until about one-third bigger. Cut two large rounds from each sheet and stand a pear on each.

  4. Preheat oven to 190°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Beat yolk, honey and water together to make an egg wash.

  5. Gently fold pastry around pears, brush with egg wash and place on tray. Chill in fridge for at least 20 minutes before baking. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pastry is golden and firm. Serve warm.

Pear pairings

  • These make a great cheeseboard addition or serve individually with crackers or crème fraîche.

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