Open-Face Poached Pear and Ricotta Melt on Brioche

Open-Face Poached Pear and Ricotta Melt on Brioche
Staff Writer
Suzanne Lehrer

An elegant dessert sandwich. Impress your friends or fellow sandwich lovers with these incredibly easy (and quick) wine-poached pears. Ricotta adds creaminess and a bit of sweetness, and the brioche acts as a fluffy, buttery base. Taste your ricotta first — beat in a touch of sugar or lemon juice and zest to taste, if desired.

2
Servings
148
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup red wine
  • 2 Teaspoons honey
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Bosc pear, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1 fresh brioche bun, halved lengthwise
  • 6 Tablespoons ricotta cheese

Directions

Preheat the broiler to medium heat.

Whisk together the wine, honey, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon; pour into a small saucepan. Add the pears (they should be mostly submerged). Bring to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat until pears are tender and easily pierced with a knife, about 5 minutes. Remove the pears with a slotted spoon.

Turn heat to medium-high and simmer until the wine mixture is reduced to a near-syrup, 5 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile, slice off the outer edge of the rounded sides of the brioche so they lay flat. Drizzle a little of the syrup onto each cut side. Smear 3 tablespoons ricotta onto each half, and top with poached pears. Place under broiler until ricotta is warm and melty, about 3 minutes. Drizzle remaining syrup over each brioche toast.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
8g
6%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
48µg
7%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
144mg
14%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fluoride, F
52µg
2%
Folate, total
17µg
4%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
18mg
6%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
115mg
16%
Selenium, Se
9µg
16%
Sodium, Na
59mg
4%
Water
79g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pear Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Pear Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.