Pear Cider Reduction with Aged Cheddar Cheese

Makes 4 servings.


  • 2 c. pear cider or sparkling pear juice
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 8 oz. Aged Cheddar cheese*, at room temperature
  • Crusty French bread, sliced


In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, simmer the cider until it reduces to a syrup consistency, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter.

Cut each pear into 6 wedges. Remove cores. Place 3 wedges on each of four small plates. Break (do not cut) cheese into 2-ounce portions and place over the pear wedges. Spoon warm pear syrup over the cheese. Serve with warm crusty French bread.     *Aged 2 years or older is preferred.

Photo & recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.