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John Bird’s Pears with Cheese & Honey

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 6 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 3 ingredients
This Pears with Cheese & Honey recipe is as delicious a combo as it is unexpected. My friend John used fresh Tuscan pecorino cheese – I have found it in NYC the...


  • 6 ripe Bosc pears
  • 12 thin slices of young Pecorino cheese or some fresh ricotta  cheese
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons clear Acacia or orange blossom honey, to taste

Nutrition Facts


272 cals


10 g

Saturated Fat

6 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0 g

Monounsaturated Fat

2 g


39 g


28 g


6 g


8 g


183 mg


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Peel the pears and cut them in half. Trim off the stalk and flower ends then scoop out the seeds in the center with a teaspoon.
  3. Arrange the pears cut side up in a baking dish and drizzle ½ the honey over them. Lay the cheese over the pears and drizzle the remaining honey over the whole dish. If using ricotta, spoon it in to fill the cavity left by the seeds.
  4. Bake for 25 -30 minutes until the pears are soft, and the cheese has browned and melted over and into them. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Chef Tips

If you have to use pears that are hard and unripe, they will need to cook about 15 minutes longer. I usually put less than ripe pears in a pan with about 1/2″ of hot water in the bottom and bake them for 15-20 minutes before adding the cheese and honey and carrying on as per recipe.
This dish is great made with low fat cream cheese too.
Eat all sweet, sugary treats in moderation. A little bit of what you fancy does you good, but don’t overdo it!

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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