Caramelized Pear Crostini with Honey and Thyme

Caramelized Pear Crostini

With all of the holidays coming quickly upon us, I am always on the lookout for a delicious appetizer to start off the evening.  This crostini is perfect because it has all the flavors and colors of fall, yet can be made in a matter of minutes and is inexpensive as well.  At the same time it makes a beautiful presentation and is pure comfort food.  That is quite a lot to accomplish for one little appetizer!

Caramelized Pear Crostini

Basically, to make this recipe, you just have to toast thinly sliced Italian or french bread in the oven until nicely browned, caramelize slices of pears in the oven with honey,

Caramelized  Pear Crostini

and then top the bread with the pears and either mascarpone or goat cheese, whichever you like best. I have never been able to get on the goat cheese band wagon due to living next to goats at one point in our life.  I still can’t get those smells out of my mind.  They were very cute, but very smelly.  I highly recommend mascarpone because of its creaminess.  It reminds me of cream cheese in texture, but without the tanginess.  It just melts in your mouth and wraps its arms around you like a cozy sweater.  Basically, it is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted and proof that God loves us, along with butter, ice cream, and chocolate chip cookies.  And that is why the flavors of honey, pears, and thyme combined with the creamy mascarpone make for one heavenly appetizer!

Caramelized Pear Crostini

This recipe is from The Reluctant Entertainer.  She has a great blog that encourages you to entertain and not worry about everything being perfect, but to focus on your guests and the relationships.  Do you ever struggle with that?  I know I do.  Somehow having people over just brings out the perfectionist in me.  That is why I have enjoyed reading her blog. It helps me keep perspective and reminds me what is really important.  That is one reason I like this recipe, too.  It is easy, yet flavorful, and will leave you more energy for visiting with your guests.  And while you are making it, get the carton of mascarpone, grab a spoon, take a bite of it, and close your eyes.  During the rush of the holiday season, it will be a little break for you and a great reminder of the fact that you are loved!:)

Caramelized Pear Crostini With Honey and Thyme

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 pears, red or green or both
  • 4 Tbsp. honey, approximately
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 oz. mascarpone or goat cheese, approximately
  • 1 loaf of crusty Italian or French bread or baguette (size depends on how big your pears are – you want the bread slices to be about the same size as the pear slices)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the bread into thin slices.  Place on a baking sheet and toast for approximately 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Watch carefully so they don’t burn.
  3. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees.
  5. Thinly slice the pear, leaving the skin on (you can get 3 to 4 slices from each side), and discarding the center, stem, and seeds.
  6. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Lay pear slices on the parchment paper.  Drizzle each slice with a spoonful of honey, spreading it evenly over each slice.
  8. Sprinkle each pear slice with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme.
  9. Bake for 15 to 35 minutes, depending on how thinly you sliced your pears (mine took 33 minutes).
  10. While pears are cooking, spread mascarpone or goat cheese on top of browned bread slices.
  11. When pears have cooled a little, place 1 slice on each slice of bread on top of the cheese.
  12. Serve immediately.

Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, originally created by The Reluctant Entertainer









About Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them! (
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25 Responses to Caramelized Pear Crostini with Honey and Thyme

  1. These caramelized pear crostini look so delicious and perfect for fall, Shari! Paired with honey and thyme, I can imagine just how tasty these will be!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you so much, Andrea! It was a new combination of ingredients for me, but I really liked it. The fact that the thyme was fresh made it even better. I really appreciate you stopping by and hope you have a great week!

  2. trishlee75 says:

    These look heavenly! Thanks for sharing!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you very much, Trish! They are so easy to prepare. I’m glad I could pass along the recipe. I appreciate you stopping by my blog, and look forward to checking out yours!

  3. This would definitely be an amazing appetizer!

  4. Ema Jones says:

    Can I use maple syrup instead of honey?

    • Shari says:

      Hi Ema, I tried using maple syrup, and it tasted great, but it wouldn’t stay on the pears. It kept sliding off, and I had to spoon it on several times during the cooking process. The pears came out a little more dry because of this. You could probably make it work if you really wanted to though. Great question! Thanks for asking, and I hope this helps.

  5. Nancy says:

    Love all of the components of these crostini, Shari. Using the red pears really give them a festive look too…especially with the thyme sprinkled on top. Love this recipe…they look delicious!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you so much! I liked the red ones a lot, too, and loved the fresh thyme. It seems like anything where fresh herbs are involved tastes especially good. I appreciate you stopping by, Nancy!

  6. cheri says:

    Hi Shari, I just bought some pears from Trader Joes today (the pears were a special buy from Harry and David’s). Will be making this for sure!!

    • Shari says:

      Oh, what a great thing to do with such beautiful pears! I’m going to see if I can get some of those, too. I hope they’re not sold out yet. I hope you enjoy them, Cheri! Glad I could pass along the recipe!

  7. Oh yum! These would be fantastic! My problem is I always end up eating pears before I have a chance to bake/cook with them. The sweetness of the pears and honey would be soooo lovely with either cheese.

    Thanks for posting this!

    • Shari says:

      You are very welcome! Glad I could pass it along. I have not always been a big fan of pears, but have come to like them more recently. I absolutely love them in this recipe, though. Of course, pair anything with mascarpone….I appreciate your comment, Ruth!

  8. Lori Ridenour says:

    Yummy! I just made these appetizers last night and they were delicious! Try them…you won’t be disappointed! Thank you so much, Shari!

    • Shari says:

      You are very welcome, Lori! I am so glad the recipe came in handy for you and that you liked them. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Hope you are having a great week so far!

  9. rozpaige says:

    These crostini with the pears and honey are so perfect for fall and the holidays! Who could resist these? Not me! If I don’t write to you before then, I wish you a most beautiful and Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you so much, Roz! These have been my signature appetizer for the season this year, and we have enjoyed them quite a bit lately. I appreciate your holiday wishes, and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!!

  10. adifranza says:

    Hi Shari,

    We at Twin Pines Landscaping also think this recipe is pretty great! With your permission, we’d love to feature it on our Facebook page and link back to your blog (giving your proper credit of course!) Let us know what you think!

    Ashley DiFranza & The Twin Pines Landscaping Team

  11. milkandbun says:

    Mmm mouthwatering! It’s very delicious, I know! 😀

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