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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.

  • Serves:2-4
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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


Preheat the oven to 160°C

Line a baking tray with parchment.

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.

Place in the oven for about 30 minutes, half way through baste with the juices and maple from the tray.

About 5 minutes before they are ready, pop the hazelnuts on to the tray so they can toast.

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.

If serving as a starter I would dived into 4 portions.

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