Over the last few weeks, I have been spending a lot of time at the Moore Farm here in my hometown. The Moore Farm is owned by friends of our family and it’s a very special place for me.
Every summer as a child, I would come down from Minneapolis where I grew up and I would go to vacation bible school and spend several mornings crafting and fishing at the Moore Farm. I can remember being the same age as my daughter now (9 years) and doing fun craft projects under the pavilion. As a city girl, the Moore Farm was really my first introduction to a farm. I can’t drive up to the house without all of my wonderful childhood memories of the farm flashing through my mind.
Recently, I hosted a party out at the farm and each time I go out there, I have just been in awe of these amazing pear trees:
I have never seen pear trees this large and so amazing! The pears were huge!! (Please excuse my pictures, all I have are my Instagram photos that I posted on Instagram last week):
Isn’t that so incredible!!
I picked a few pears and decided to roast them and make roasted pear and brown sugar brie for a neighborhood party we had this last weekend. The recipe turned out to be so yummy and super easy and was a big hit at the party and I thought I would share it with you today. This would be a great appetizer for a holiday party and it would be delicious to do with apples as well.
So here is the recipe;
Roasted Pear and Brown Sugar Brie
1- 8oz Small Round Brie with the top rind cut off (I used President)
1 tablespoon Fresh Garlic
1-2 Pears Sliced (1/4 inch half slices)
2 Cups Brown Sugar
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and place pear slices on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or spray cookie sheet with Pam. Sprinkle brown sugar (save 1/2 cup for brie) over each sliced pear and bake for about 30 minutes or so until slices are tender.
Slice the top rind off of the brie and take a fork and poke holes and turn the fork (to get bigger holes) in the brie. Cover top of brie with the fresh garlic and push down into the holes. Us the remaining half cup of brown sugar to completely cover the top of the brie:
As soon as the pears are roasted, you’ll want to remove from cookie sheet and fan out pear slices around the top of the brie. Sprinkle just a little more brown sugar on the top of the pears. (If you do not use parchment paper, you’ll want to rinse your cookie sheet off immediately otherwise you’ll need a chisel!):
You can either cover brie with plastic wrap and wait until you’re ready to heat and serve or bake for about 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees (just until the brie has softened) and serve immediately. I served it with bagel chips but you could serve it with anything. I do think it needs something crunchy versus a soft baguette.
It’s so easy and looks so beautiful and is really delicious. I have never roasted pears before and and realize that it’s so easy and roasted pears are really out of this world.
By the way, last year I shared my favorite brie bites recipes but instead of being a larger round brie, this recipe is for mini brie bites. This is my favorite holiday appetizer to make because it takes less than 15 minutes to make and it’s also really delicious:
What’s your favorite holiday appetizer? I would love to know! I bet you guys have some amazing recipes! Maybe in a few weeks, I’ll do a link party so we can share all of our favorites.
Thanks for stopping by today and I’ll be back on Friday with a really easy gift project that I am so excited to share with you guys!