Light Meals

Salted Maple Baked Pears

This is such a yummy combination of flavours, you have juicy sweet and sticky pear, with a touch of saltiness, crisp toast, cool fresh cream cheese, crunchy nuts and savoury fragrant thyme. A match, made in heaven. This would make a delightful little starter or light lunch. If you make your own vegan ricotta, that would work perfectly here.



2 pears, halved and cored

3 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tbsp. light oil like ground nut

½ tsp sea salt

A few sprigs of thyme

½ cup blanched hazelnuts

2 slices of sourdough

150g tub almond cream cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment.
  3. Place the 4 pear halves, cut side up on the tray, and drizzle with the oil, maple syrup and a little pinch of the sea salt.
  4. Place in the oven for about 30 minutes, half way through baste with the juices and maple from the tray.
  5. About 5 minutes before they are ready, pop the hazelnuts on to the tray so they can toast.
  6. Toast the bread and spread with the cheese, top with two pear halves a few thyme leaves, some hazelnuts which you can roughly chop, and a little of the juices from the tray. Finally sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. If serving as a starter I would dived into 4 portions.

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