Autumn, Winter, Breakfast, Light Meals, Snacks

Maple-roasted pear toasts

You can eat almost anything on a slice of toasted sourdough. It's a great vessel for sweet and savoury toppings, for breakfast, lunch, or just a snack. 'If all else fails, make toast' – that's my motto.

This recipe is a firm favourite of mine, thanks to the wonderful combination of flavours: sweet, juicy roasted pear, creamy almond cheese, toasted hazelnuts, crunchy toast, and fragrant thyme. Not forgetting the all-important pinch of sea salt.

This recipe can be made into little crostini canapes for gatherings, or served as a starter – but I love it most when enjoyed as a decadent brunch.



2 large slices sourdough bread

2 ripe pears, quartered or sliced lengthways into 1cm strips

¼ cup maple syrup

150g creamy almond cheese – I use Nush Foods

¼ cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped

A few sprigs thyme

¼ tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/Gas 4. Place the pear pieces on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, and drizzle with about 2 tbsp of the maple syrup.
  2. Bake until lightly caramelised – this should take around 15-20 minutes.
  3. When the pears are cooked, toast the bread and spread thickly with the cream cheese. Top with the pears, sprinkle with the roughly chopped hazelnuts, and finish with a few sprigs and leaves of thyme, a pinch of sea salt, and an extra drizzle of maple syrup.

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