This honey & pear bruschetta is a wonderful quick & delicious appetizer or dessert. It is full of sweetness with a slight sharp bite of cheese & topped with salty crumbled cashews. And to bite into them you have a warm but yet cold experience.
This was adapted from a recipe I saw in our local newspaper (recipe author not referenced). They used feta cheese which probably would be good too but I opted for a colby/jack cheese for it's color and creamy smoothness plus it's gentle bite. I also thought it needed a little bit of something salty so I chose Cashews and drizzled honey not only as the bottom layer but a thin drizzle on top. It was perfect!
Pears are one of my favorite fruits and I relate them to Fall. My grandmother used to have a huge pear tree in the pasture behind her house and every year in late September she would send me with a bucket to gather up some pears. I would sit under her pear tree and eat pears until my stomach hurt. Oh, sometimes it would be nice to return to those childhood days where time is endless and you can find delight and entertainment in the smallest of things!
Loaf of bruschetta bread
1 pear, diced
3/4 cup diced Cheddar & Colby Cheese, Sharp Cheddar or Feta
1/4 cup of Cashews
Preheat oven to 4500 degrees F.
Slice bread into 1/2-3/4 inch slices
Dice pears and cheese into dime size pieces
Chop cashews into very small pieces (almost crumbled)
Lightly spread butter on both sides of slices
Place bread slices on baking pan.
Glaze top side with honey
Place pan on top rack of oven
Bake for 5 minutes or until bread just turn a light golden brown
Remove from oven
Place a few pears and cheese on top of slices top with cashews and drizzle with a little bit of honey.
Note: This made about 10 slices. I also used Fruit Fresh to keep the pears from browning.
Authored by +Terri Henkels
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