Honey-Roasted Pears with Triple-Cream Cheese

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Pears and cheese were made for each other, and this quick-and-easy dish proves that. Roasting the pears with a little butter and honey, then topping them with a rich and creamy cheese like Brillat-Savarin or Explorateur makes a decadent finish to a fall or winter meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 pears such as Anjou or Bosc, about lb (750 g) total weight
  • 4 Tbsp (2 oz/60 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (3 oz/90 g) honey
  • ¼ lb (125 g) triple-cream cheese, cut into 8 slices
  • Sliced almonds for serving (optional)

Method

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Cut the pears in half lengthwise, leaving the stem intact on one half, then core them, making a small round cavity (a melon baller works well). Brush the bottom of a baking dish with half of the melted butter and place the pears in it, cut side down. Brush the pears with the remaining melted butter.

Roast until the pears are easily pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes, or up to 30 minutes if the pears were very firm. Turn the pears, brush the cut surface with the honey, and roast for about 5 minutes longer.

Transfer the hot pears to a platter and pour any juices in the pan over them. Place a scoop of triple-cream cheese on each pear half and sprinkle with the almonds, if desired. Serve at once.

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