Photo of Emily Luchetti

Walnut Butter Roasted Pear Crostini

Walnut Butter Roasted Pear Crostini

This dish is versatile as it can be used as a sweet appetizer or as a subtle dessert.

Ingredients

For the Roasted Pears:

  • 2 ripe yet firm pears (Comice, D’Anjou)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley

For the Walnut Butter:

  • 1 cup California walnuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch salt

To Assemble:

  • 3 slices levain, whole-wheat, or sourdough bread (each about 5 inches long and 1/4-inch thick) cut in half or small, whole grain baguette sliced into 6 pieces
  • Roasted pears
  • Walnut butter

Directions

  1. To make the roasted pears, preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel the pears and cut them in half. Remove the cores. Place cut side down on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the sugar over the top. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool and cut into 1/2-inch pieces and put the pieces in a bowl. Stir in the parsley. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make the walnut butter, put all the ingredients in a food processor and puree until they make a paste. Put in a bowl and set aside.
  3. To assemble the crostini, toast the bread in the toaster or under the broiler. Spread some of the walnut butter on top of the bread, spoon some pears on top.