Baked cheese with Apple-Pear Confit

Baked cheese with Apple-Pear Confit

(NC) Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 round (170 g) PC La Belle Rivière washed-rind soft surface ripened cheese
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 Bosc pear
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) PC Black Label simple syrup cocktail mixer
  • 1 2×1 inch (5×2.5 cm) piece lemon zest
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Cut top rind off cheese; discard rind. Place cheese in glass pie plate. Set aside and let come to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, peel, core, and dice apple and pear; place in small saucepan. Add wine, cocktail mixer, lemon zest, and juice. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until fruit is very tender or about 18 to 20 minutes.
  3. Remove fruit from poaching liquid using slotted spoon; set aside. Return pan to stove top over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1/4 cup and is a light golden caramel colour. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Combine fruit and poaching liquid; set aside.
  4. Bake cheese 4 to 6 minutes or until softened and warmed through. Spoon 1/4 cup apple-pear confit mixture on top; sprinkle with hazelnuts. Serve in pie plate with crackers and flatbread.

Per serving: Calories 110, fat 9 g, sodium, 220 mg, carbohydrates 4g, fibre 1 g, protein, 6 g.