Pears are wonderful because they can be used in sweet as well as in savory recipes. Pear Ricotta Bruschetta with Roasted Pecans can be served as an appetizer or dessert.
I’m wondering if everyone has a moment or even a period of time when you just enjoy everything? Everything seems beautiful and in the right place. I am not saying there aren’t problems, tasks to deal with, bills to pay, etc., but each event is interesting. It’s great to be present and in tune with things, giving the brain a break from the mundane “stuff”.
I was riding my bike the other day and listening to music. The air was crisp and the sun was warm on my back. With the beautiful curvy road ahead, I enjoyed the change each turn gave me. I passed a variety of trees, from palm trees, pomegranate trees, fig trees, to cypress trees and so on. You have to be so focused when driving a motorcycle. People don’t always notice you and there are bumps and holes on the road to watch for, as well as spills and oils from all the vehicles that have taken that route. Yet I was taking in what was around me and loving it.
So all this turns into a meditation. It made me perfectly present and alert with almost nothing else on my mind. I enjoyed the ride with the steady beat of my favorite deep house chill mix flowing through my earphone and with the grace around me.
Pear Ricotta Bruschetta Is it an appetizer or dessert?
I went for a hike that day, thinking I had all the time I need to sit down by the tiny waterfall I knew was ahead of me. My intention was to write. I took my notebook and two apples to fuel my brain. It’s about a half hour hike through the woods to the Eaton Canyon Falls, that is unless you are like me stopping at every rock and plant to take a picture.
As soon as I arrived at the trail, I got a message to come to work that night. I was about to get upset but realized even though I won’t have time to write there was enough time to walk to the falls, drive home, and still, make it to work.
As it turned out, work that night ended up to be great as well. Things went smoothly in the kitchen and we had a quite an entertaining burlesque show for the guests.
Between my events and things to do, my favorite time is to cook and take photos for the blog, and my latest creation was this enchanting Pear Ricotta Bruschetta with Roasted Pecans. It is crunchy goodness with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Pear Ricotta Bruschetta is something between a warm, sunny pie and a colorful, autumn day in your mouth. Seasonal spices make it cozy, and the thinly sliced, caramelized pear look like edible decorations. I could not get enough of these, which almost turned into my whole meal because I couldn’t stop eating them. This bruschetta is a great addition to your appetizer collection or a dessert table, particularly during the holidays.
So stay inspired and give this recipe a try! Don’t forget to look around and notice all the pretty things around you.
- 1 pear
- 1/2 cup ricotta
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1 baguette
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- Pinch of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice baguette on the bias and brush with oil. Line the bread on the baking sheet and place in the oven.
- Toast for few minutes or until golden brown.
- In a non stick pan or heavy skillet on medium high heat, dry roast the pecans for about 3 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
- Using the same skillet, add a little bit of coconut oil and cook thinly sliced pear until both sides are golden brown.
- Place on the paper towel to get rid of excess oil.
- In a mixing bowl add ricotta, chopped pecans, honey, and salt.
- Spread ricotta on each piece of bread and place a slice of pear on top.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Ready to serve!
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