Friday, May 9, 2014

Grilled Brie Cheese Pears Foster

4 TBS butter, plus extra for spreading
1/2 - 1 tsp corn starch
2 TBS brown sugar
1 large can sliced pears, juice reserved
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 TBS rum
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
salt, to taste
8 slices Potato Bread, each slice buttered on one side
8 ounces brie cheese
whipping cream, optional


1.  In medium size skillet on medium heat, add butter, melt.  Add corn starch and brown sugar.  Stir.  When sugar is dissolved add juice from can pears (reserve pears).  Stir.  Add cinnamon, vanilla, rum, walnuts and salt to taste.  Lower temperature and simmer until starts to thicken.  Add pears, stir to re-thicken.  Remove from heat.
2.  In separate skillet add four slices of buttered bread (buttered side down).  Add pears to top of bread slices.  Next add about 2 ounces of brie cheese to top of pears.  Cover and seal with additional slices of bread (buttered side up).
3.  Grill until toasted.  Flip carefully and grill opposite side.  Remove from pan.
4.  Top each grilled cheese sandwich with remaining sauce.
Note:  Grilled cheese can also be topped with whipped cream for a dessert twist.

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