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Pears in Honey and Pine Nut Caramel with Artisanal Cheese

Updated: May 16, 2011 12:28PM

Any variety of pears can be used, but Bosc pears hold up especially well. Use whatever artisanal cheese you like, such as Point Reyes Original Blue, Humboldt Fog, dry Monterey Jack, sheep’s milk ricotta, tangy soft fresh goat cheese or another local cheese.


1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) unsalted butter

3 firm but ripe Bosc pears or other pears, peeled, halved lengthwise, cored

3 1/2 tablespoons mild honey (such as orange blossom or clover)

4 ounces artisanal cheese, sliced or crumbled, room temperature

3 tablespoons pine nuts

Pinch fine sea salt

Cook butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until beginning to brown. Add pear halves, cut side down, to skillet. Drizzle honey over pears and swirl pan slightly to blend butter and honey.

Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until pears are tender when pierced with paring knife, swirling skillet occasionally and adding a few tablespoons water to skillet if caramel sauce turns deep amber before pears are tender, about 12 minutes.

Transfer pears, cut side up, to serving platter. Top pears with cheese. Return skillet with caramel sauce to medium-high heat; add pine nuts and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Cook until sauce is brown and bubbling, about 2 minutes. Spoon sauce and nuts over pears and serve.

From Bon Appetit Desserts

Nutrition facts per serving: 233 calories, 15 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 29 mg cholesterol, 24 g carbohydrates, 19 g sugars, 5 g protein, 72 mg sodium, 3 g fiber

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