• Blue cheese blinis with bacon & pear

    ingredients

    12 Van Dyck Blinis
    1/2 pear
    50g blue cheese
    3 Tbsp cream cheese
    100ml cream
    5 walnuts
    1 cup sugar
    1 cinnamon stick
    3 rashers streaky bacon
    30g red capsicum
    Chives to garnish
    Blue cheese blinis with bacon & pear

    method

    Preheat oven to 200°C fan-bake.

    Peel the pear & cut in half. Remove the core & stringy section & cut into slices.

    Put the sugar, water & cinnamon stick into a small saucepan & simmer the pear until soft. Remove the pear & cool.

    Put the bacon on a tray, in-between baking paper & place another tray on top. This weighs down & flattens the bacon as it cooks. Place in the pre-heated oven, check every few minutes & bake until crispy. Remove from the oven.

    Toast the walnuts by putting in the oven for 2 minutes, be careful not to overcook.

    Mix the cheeses together so they are soft.

    Whip the cream & fold 1/3 at a time into the soft cheese mix & spoon into a piping bag.

    Cut the bacon into small strips & julienne the red capsicum.

    Place the blinis on a tray & pipe the cheese mixture onto each blini. Arrange a small piece of pear, capsicum, chive & bacon on top. Grate the walnuts & sprinkle a little on top of each blini. Place onto a plate & serve.