Baked Brie & Nut Pears

Susan, AKA Kiwicook
Susan, AKA Kiwicook

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

In her days as a recipe developer, Susan has created over 450 recipes. Her Dutch and New Zealander roots serve as a basis for her culinary inspiration.

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Sometimes it’s just love at first sight with food. You just know, without even tasting it, that it’s going to be perfect. After all, how can the classic combination of pears, cheese and nuts go wrong?

This recipe, which I found in the latest Food magazine (April/May 2016, Issue 88), jumped out at me as soon as I turned the page. I knew, without a doubt, I’d be making and eating it within 24 hours. And so I did!

What I loved most about this dish, was that it was as much a ‘sweet’ as it was a ‘savoury’. What you can’t tell from the pictures is that the sauce that’s drizzled over it is a gloriously delectable combination of maple syrup, orange juice, mixed spice and butter. That, combined with the sweet pear, salty brie and crunchy nuts(I used walnuts and pistachios) is absolutely my idea of heaven on earth.

I can’t recommend this dish highly enough, either as a sumptuous (slightly hedonistic) snack for yourself, or as a classy way to end a meal with friends – a sort of dessert/cheese board hybrid. Enjoy!



Warm, gooey brie and sweet, spiced pears – a cozy dessert anyone can make! This simple recipe is all about big flavors with minimal effort. Juicy pears get a quick sear, then baked with melty brie and crunchy nuts. A drizzle of orange-laced syrup makes it extra special.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 8 Half Pears
Calories 167 kcal


  • 4 firm, but ripe pears, halved and cores removed
  • 1.4 oz salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 4.4 oz brie, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup mixed chopped nuts, such as pecans, walnuts, almonds and pistachios

To serve:

  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp orange juice


  • Preheat oven to 180°C (360°F) and grease or line a baking tray.
  • Slice a little off the base of each pear so it sits flat when you serve it (NB: I did this after the pears were cooked, simply because I wanted to photograph the pears cooking).
  • Heat butter, mixed spice and maple syrup over a moderate heat in a large frying pan. Place the pear halves cut side down and sear for 1-2 minutes until golden. Don’t throw out the juices.
  • Arrange pears on baking tray and place a wedge of brie on top of each piece. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and bake for 4-5 minutes, or until warmed through and melted.
  • Meanwhile, add the orange juice to the syrup in the pan and stir to combine.
  • Place pears on a serving platter and drizzle with the syrup. Sprinkle over the thyme.


Calories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 132mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 3gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 255IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword Baked Brie Nut Pears
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Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.

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