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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.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Snacks and Sides
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • Using a small measuring spoon or melon baller, hollow out base and core of each pear, leaving a cavity for the filling.
  • Combine blue cheese, walnuts, sultanas and thyme and mix well. Fill the base of each pear with the cheese mixture.
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 190°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Beat yolk, honey and water together to make an egg wash.
  • 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.

Notes

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.