Baked pear with stilton, ginger and walnut filling recipe

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This baked pear with stilton, ginger and walnut filling makes a delightfully fruity and flavour-filled starter that’s sophisticated and easy to make.

Baked pear with stilton, ginger and walnut filling
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  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Serves4
SkillEasy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories399 Kcal20%
Fat23 g33%
Saturated Fat10 g50%
Carbohydrates36 g14%

A delightfully fruity and flavour-filled starter that’s sophisticated and easy to make.

If you’re bored of serving a classic prawn cocktail (opens in new tab) or smoked salmon combination as your Christmas starter, (opens in new tab) say hello to our baked pear with stilton, ginger and walnut filling. Soft pear with salty blue cheese, fiery ginger and toasted walnuts is an undeniably tasty combination.

This starter looks very elegant and is easy to make, taking all the stress out of entertaining. Ginger and walnuts are a lovely festive flavour combination. If you’d like some pudding inspiration too, take a look at our pear, ginger and walnut steamed Christmas pudding. (opens in new tab) It’s a delicious alternative to classic Christmas pudding (opens in new tab) and looks spectacular too.

Ingredients

  • 4 conference pears, halved
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 20g butter
  • 100g stilton
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 2 knobs stem ginger in syrup, finely chopped
  • 60g walnuts, finely chopped (reserve a few to serve with)
  • rocket or watercress to serve

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C, Gas 6. Slice the pears in half, using a melon baller, scoop out the seeds. Melt the butter and sugar in a pan and place the pears flat side down and leave for a few mins to caramelise.
  2. Transfer to a roasting tray and roast for 20mins. Remove and allow to cool slightly. Scoop a large portion of the pear out of the shell – keeping the main intact. Finely chop the filling and mix this with the stilton, nutmeg, stem ginger and chopped walnuts.
  3. Fill the pears with the nutty filling and return to the oven to bake for 10mins to melt the cheese slightly. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving with rocket or watercress.  
Top Tip for making Baked pear with stilton, ginger and walnut filling

Try adding pear and walnuts to your cheeseboard – they both taste delicious with stilton and a little drizzle of honey.

Jessica Ransom
Jessica Ransom

Jessica currently works as a Senior Food Writer at Future. She writes food and drink-related news stories and features, curates product pages, tests, and reviews equipment, and also develops recipes that she styles on food shoots. An enthusiastic, self-taught cook Jess adores eating out and sharing great food and drink with friends and family. She has completed the Level 1 Associate course at the Academy of Cheese and is continually building on her knowledge of beers, wines, and spirits.