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Author Notes: While visiting my BFF's in D.C. last weekend, we saw some lovely bosc pears in the market and beautiful blood oranges. I bought them and decided to figure out what to do with them later. Leftover baguette from our appetizer and some fabulous cheese from union market inspired this dish. As a side note, I also had some scrumptions gruyere cheese on the side as well (my favorite) but most guests preferred the brie. Its up to you ;) The sweet and salty combination with fruit is my FAVORITE way to do sweets. —ChefFace
Roasted Pears and Brie
- 2 bosc pears (sliced into about 8 long pieces)
- 3 tablespoons EVOO
- 1 tablespoon coarse ground sea salt
- 1/2 wheel of brie
- 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a lightly greased baking sheet, spread pear slices, pour EVOO and sea salt over the top. Cook for approx. 5 minutes each side.
- Reduce heat to 375. Bake brie wheel for about 10 minutes or until it is slightly runny.
French Toast and Caramel Sauce
- 6 slices baguette
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons butter (divided by tbsp)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 blood orange (cut in half - half for juice, half for garnish)
- In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, half and half, and cinnamon. Place bread slices in mixture and toss to coat.
- Heat 1st tbsp. butter in a skillet on medium high. Fry 2 pieces of bread for about 2 minutes each side, or until lightly browned. Set each piece on its own plate. Repeat twice with remaining bread and butter.
- Mix sugar and water and vanilla, heat on medium high in thick bottom sauce pan, stirring occasionally. Once it turns a nice caramel color, stir in blood orange juice , stirring quickly, and remove pan from heat.
- Each plate should start with piece of French toast, top with pears, drizze with caramel sauce. Serve with a small slice of brie and an orange slice.