Baked Brie & Nut Pears
Serves: 8 half pears
  • 4 firm, but ripe pears, halved and cores removed
  • 40g (1.4 oz) salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 125g (4.4 oz) brie, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup mixed chopped nuts (such as pecans, walnuts, almonds and pistachios)
To serve:
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  1. Preheat oven to 180C (360F) and grease or line a baking tray.
  2. Slice a little off the base of each pear so it sits flat when you serve it (NB: I did this after the pears were cooked, simply because I wanted to photograph the pears cooking).
  3. Heat butter, mixed spice and maple syrup over a moderate heat in a large frying pan. Place the pear halves cut side down and sear for 1-2 minutes until golden. Don't throw out the juices.
  4. Arrange pears on baking tray and place a wedge of brie on top of each piece. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and bake for 4-5 minutes, or until warmed through and melted.
  5. Meanwhile, add the orange juice to the syrup in the pan and stir to combine.
  6. Place pears on a serving platter and drizzle with the syrup. Sprinkle over the thyme.
Recipe by The Kiwi Cook at