Bacon-wrapped camembert and blue cheese pears

A cheese platter that demands attention.

Less than 45 minutes

Serves 6-8

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Ingredients:

Blue cheese pears:
  • 4 firm green pears  
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) melted butter 
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) honey
  • 1 packet (100g) pecan nuts, chopped
  • A few sprigs thyme
  • 1 block crumbled Castello creamy blue cheese
Bacon-wrapped camembert:
  • 1 packet (200g) streaky bacon
  • 2 (120g each) Castello camembert rounds
Method:
  1. Halve and core pears. 
  2. Place on a baking tray and brush with butter and honey. 
  3. Bake at 200°C for 10 minutes, turn pears over and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden. 
  4. Fill pear cavity with pecan nuts, thyme and crumbled Castello creamy blue cheese. Set aside.
  5. Place bacon on baking paper for 8-10 minutes, at 180°C until par-cooked. 
  6. Drain bacon of excess fat and wrap 4-5 strips across each round of Castello camembert. 
  7. Place on baking tray (make sure the loose ends of the bacon are facing down) and bake for another 10-15 minutes until cheese is wobbly and molten in the centre. 
  8. Serve pears and bacon-wrapped camembert while hot as part of a cheeseboard.

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