Recipes

Honey Pear Cheese Squares with Pecan Crust

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Elegant and delicious, these cheese squares are a lovely way to enjoy the season’s fresh pears.  I like to prepare them with goat cheese but cream cheese can be used as well (see the recipe note below).

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Honey Pear Cheese Squares with Pecan Crust
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup super-toasty or simple toasted pecans
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tbs. pure cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs. chilled butter, cut in cubes
  • 8 oz. goat cheese at room temperature or cream cheese
  • 2 Tbs. butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup honey or pure cane sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large organic pears
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Dash cinnamon
  • 3 Tbs. raw honey
  • 1 Tbs. water
Instructions
  1. Have all filling ingredients ready at room temperature. Preheat the oven 350. Grease and flour a 2 qt. glass baking dish (11×7 inches).
  2. For the crust place the pecans in a food processor, grind until fine. Then add the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, process until combined. Next add the butter and pulse the mixture together 8-10 times. Press the crumb mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 8 minutes.[url href=”http://vanessaspurefoodkitchen.theblogpress.com/files/2015/09/IMG_1809-300×200.jpg”][img src=”http://vanessaspurefoodkitchen.theblogpress.com/files/2015/09/IMG_1809-300×200.jpg” width=”300″ height=”200″ class=”alignnone size-medium” title=”IMG_1809″][/url]
  3. Meanwhile prepare the filling. Using a food processor or blender combine the goat cheese, butter, honey, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla, puree until smooth.
  4. Then prepare the pears by slicing them into 1/2 inch slices and tossing them with lemon juice in a small.
  5. Poor the filling over the crust, arrange the pear slices in a two rows over the top of the cheese filling, sprinkle with cinnamon and place it in the heated oven and bake for 22-30 minutes, until set. Then cool completely.
  6. For the glaze warm the honey and water together, whisk until smooth and gently brush the mixture over the top of the bars. Chill the bars for 4-24 hours before cutting.
Notes
8 ounces cream cheese can be substituted for the goat cheese and the 2 Tbs. softened butter
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