Pear, Blue Cheese and Nut Pate
Mud Island is not loving me, the weather is cold and wet!
Above is the local farm shop, which is just down the road from my parents house, it stocks nice interesting veggies and has a deli and a little restaurant which apparently is very good. Whilst browsing in the deli I saw they had Pear and Stilton Pate and after a quick look at the ingredients I decided to have a go as Mum and Dad’s pear tree is laden.
2 fresh pears poached (I poached both but only used one and a half)
3 cups (750 ml) water
1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar
A little lemon juice
3 tsp (45 ml) melted butter
100g cream cheese
50g Stilton or blue cheese grated
30g Parmesan cheese grated
1/2 cup (125 ml) toasted walnuts or nut of your choice chopped
A grind of pepper
Peel, halve and core the pears.
Place the water and sugar in a pan, bring to the boil and stir until the sugar has disappeared, reduce to a simmer.
Add the pears and cook until they are soft but not soggy.
Melt the butter in a bowl.
Mash the pears with a fork and a little lemon juice to stop them discolouring, add to the the butter.
Grate in the cheeses, add the nuts, the pepper to taste and give it a good stir.
Leave in the fridge to firm, serve with crispbreads or a nice crusty loaf, serves 4.