Perfect Pair Pear Puffs

Perfect Pair Pear Puffs

While holiday entertaining has its rewards, it can also be a hectic job. This year, host with ease by relying on versatile and simple-to-make recipes. These Perfect Pair Pear Puffs work splendidly as a crispy, creamy and completely delicious appetizer or brunch treat. More seasonal recipes are available online at www.tenderflake.ca.

Perfect Pair Pear Puffs

Ingredients:

3 medium, firm pears

1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice

1 package (397 g) Tenderflake frozen puff pastry, defrosted

1 egg

Filling:

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) grated Swiss cheese

1 tbsp (15 mL) freshly grated ginger

1/2 cup (125 mL) Cambozola or goat cheese, crumbled

1/2 cup (125 mL) pecans, toasted and chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200 °C).

2. Peel pears and cut in half. Remove seeds, leaving stems intact. Using a teaspoon scrape out the inside of the pear and set aside. Brush the pear with lemon juice and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, cut side down.

3. Remove the pastry from the package and place on a lightly floured surface. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the pastry to a 10 x 12” (25 X 30 cm) rectangle. Cut pastry into 6 equal rectangles. Cover each pear with a piece of pastry, cutting away excess pastry using a sharp knife. Pierce several holes in pastry using a fork.

4. Whisk egg with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of water and brush egg wash on pastry.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool slightly.

6. Preheat broiler to high.

7. Mix all of the filling ingredients together in a small bowl along with reserved pear. Turn pears cut side up and divide filling between each. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until cheese begins to bubble. Serve immediately.

Tips:

Use excess pastry to form decorative leaves and adhere to pears using egg wash.

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