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Dec 15, 2011

by Kimberley Hasselbrink handmade and vintage goods

There’s so much contrast during the month of December: muted grey skies and long evenings, the mellowness of soups and stews and slow-cooked foods, and the quiet, sparkling nostalgia of the holidays. And then there is the rush of parties, frantic gift-buying and year-end celebrating. I love the back and forth between the festive and frenzied and the quiet and calm; I think a balance of both is what gets me through the month with a modicum of sanity.

Pears epitomize the quietness of the season; their flavor is subtle, even understated. Nobody really regards pears as the all-star fruit of the season. (Citrus gets that honor.) But there’s something classy and refined in their subtlety, which makes the fruit an ideal counterpoint at a holiday party. Here, pears are simmered with rosemary into a luscious, silky jam. Spooned warm over the creamiest goat cheese you can find and delivered on a cracker or thin slice of toasted baguette, you and your guests will be in quiet heaven. And it’s a cinch to prepare, which is important this time of year. Now go on and get to celebrating.

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Pear and Rosemary Crostini With Goat Cheese

For the jam:
4 ripe pears, such as Bartlett, cored and diced
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

For the crostini:
1 baguette, thinly sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
6 ounces mild, creamy goat cheese
Cracked black pepper

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Combine the pears, rosemary, lemon juice, sugar and water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until jammy, about an hour. Stir at regular intervals, increasing frequency as water reduces.

Note: If you’re not a fan of the pungent flavor of rosemary, please seal the herbs in muslin or cheesecloth for easy removal after cooking.

While the jam is simmering, prepare the crostini: Toast thin rounds of baguette at 300 degrees until crisp and golden at the edges, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

You can serve these with the jam warm, or prepare the jam in advance and serve chilled.

Smear a small amount of goat cheese over each slice of toasted baguette, top with a spoonful of jam, and finish with cracked black pepper.

Kimberley Hasselbrink

This jam is not shelf stable. Please store in the fridge, or if you’d like to can it, refer to the excellent Food in Jars for proper canning guidelines.

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  • HouseofAvandan

    HouseofAvandan said 7 years ago

    Omgoodness this sounds so good!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 7 years ago

    mmmm num num "These are a few of my fav o rite things"

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Now I'm hungry.

  • claycoyote

    claycoyote said 7 years ago

    I'm adding this to my recipe list!

  • uniquefabricgifts

    uniquefabricgifts said 7 years ago

    Already time for dinner?, Yes? Yes? Somebody....?

  • TheGardenRoom

    TheGardenRoom said 7 years ago


  • NobleTextiles

    NobleTextiles said 7 years ago

    Sounds delish!

  • UnionStudioMetals

    UnionStudioMetals said 7 years ago

    Looks amazing, thanks!

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile said 7 years ago

    Everything looks perfect.

  • FullCircleRetro

    FullCircleRetro said 7 years ago yum! I am hooked. Thank U! =)

  • AthenasGown

    AthenasGown said 7 years ago

    Mmmm looks so good! I don't eat bread or sugar, so I would just replace the bread with slices of fresh pears or the middle of fresh pears scraped out! and sugar for maple syrup or raw honey!!!! yumm..ah drool haha

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 7 years ago

    I have recently discovered goat cheese. It has to be one of my most favorite foods now! I love to spread it on pineapple!

  • HandcraftedAffairs

    HandcraftedAffairs said 7 years ago

    Adding this to my appetizer list for our New Years Eve party immediately!!

  • romyandclare

    romyandclare said 7 years ago

    This is one for the books! Looks fabulous!!

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt said 7 years ago

    Pretty psyched for a recipe that will work for me (the vegetarian) and my sister (gluten and corn intolerant), as long as she forgoes the bread. Thanks!!

  • Kaneel

    Kaneel said 7 years ago

    Great ideas for the coming parties!

  • bstudio

    bstudio said 7 years ago

    This looks heavenly, I'll be trying this one with some locally made goat cheese soon!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 7 years ago

    These all sound so yummy! I love anything with sweet potatoes. I'm inspired to cook now! Thank you Kimberley:)

  • BigBadBuddha

    BigBadBuddha said 7 years ago

    Looks great I may have to try it.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 7 years ago

    THAT LOOKS SOO GOOD!!! great, now i am hungry :)

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 7 years ago

    Ok now I'm hungry! Yum

  • autumnvelvetrose

    autumnvelvetrose said 7 years ago

    I love this! I always make salads with fresh pears and goat cheese! Great combo!

  • shandrag225

    shandrag225 said 7 years ago

    Looks and sounds delicious!

  • jibbyandjuna

    jibbyandjuna said 7 years ago

    oh yes, you've sold me on that crostini!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    Um ..yum!!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 7 years ago

    the combination of flavors and textures is unexpected and delightful. this recipe is exceptional.

  • Raceytay

    Raceytay said 7 years ago

    I can almost smell it! What a great recipe.

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 7 years ago


  • MaJentaDesigns

    MaJentaDesigns said 7 years ago

    sounds and looks delicious!

  • zakonek

    zakonek said 7 years ago

    Yum! Looks absolutely delicious... Great, now I'm hungry! :)

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 7 years ago


  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 7 years ago

    Mmmm.. fruit jam always goes so well with cheese and crackers - sweet & savory goodness!

  • ArchetypalTheatre

    ArchetypalTheatre said 7 years ago

    Good timing, I was wondering what to have for dinner - I'm going to go make sweet potato latkes right this minute!

  • EricaLeilaniDesigns

    EricaLeilaniDesigns said 7 years ago

    ooh this just looks so delicious

  • kusu

    kusu said 7 years ago

    Oh Yeah!

  • PattieBee

    PattieBee said 7 years ago

    going to include this in my Christmas menu. Thanks!

  • silverlily786

    silverlily786 said 7 years ago

    pear and goat cheese? never thought of that !!!! a must try!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 7 years ago

    Oh dear lord...........that sounds DIVINE! I'm afraid I'm having this for dinner tonight, hehe~ Heidi

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop said 7 years ago

    Love the recipes - looks so tasty!!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Great pear use!

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique said 7 years ago

    This looks fabulous! I can't wait to try the recipes! (^__^)

  • KPlager

    KPlager said 7 years ago

    This will probably make the house smell wonderful too!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 7 years ago


  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 7 years ago

    Fabulous!! Being a total foodie, I look for simple, elegant, and yet easy to prepare gems like this to get me through the holidays! Your timeliness is impeccable. Thank you!

  • aileenrae

    aileenrae said 7 years ago

    Yumm!! Yes I can't wait to be eating this!!

  • SolDelSur

    SolDelSur said 7 years ago

    I just ate, and you made me hungry again!

  • ChronologieVintage

    ChronologieVintage said 7 years ago

    My grandmother always had jars of things like this on the top shelf of her refrigerator. A few of these with the meal made it memorable!

  • happygohandmade

    happygohandmade said 7 years ago

    this sounds wonderful! going to store tomorrow!

  • availdesign

    availdesign said 7 years ago

    Oh, sounds so delicious! Yam...

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 7 years ago

    YUMMM! Thank you for this recipe. I will eat dirt pies if it has goat cheese on it.

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 7 years ago

    MmmmMmmMmm. Can't wait for Christmas vacation so I can make some warm goodies in the oven.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago


  • metalicious

    metalicious said 7 years ago

    I would marry fruit and cheese, I love them so much!

  • WuzzysCreations

    WuzzysCreations said 7 years ago

    Yummy! :) Fruit and cheese really are the best whether eaten together or separately.

  • garfieldhr

    garfieldhr said 7 years ago

    Not only does the recipe sound heavenly, but your succinct, poetic take on the holidays really drew me in. Such a seductive read! Would love to get more! :)

  • peshka

    peshka said 7 years ago

    Yum yum yum!

  • foxymom45

    foxymom45 said 7 years ago

    Try a home cooked plum jam. It has a delicate flavor and its a nice change from cranberries. Also try a warm pear compote, to die for. Just love pears!

  • feltstories

    feltstories said 7 years ago


  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 7 years ago

    Yum love food!

  • clarinetlover87

    clarinetlover87 said 7 years ago

    I'm going to make this when my family comes over for Christmas!!!!

  • clarinetlover87

    clarinetlover87 said 7 years ago

    I'm going to make this when my family comes over for Christmas!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 7 years ago

    Looks delicious!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 7 years ago

    Everything looks so delicious!

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 7 years ago

    I have to try it! It looks great!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Wow this sounds lovely! I always think goats cheese goes well with sharp flavours. My favourite is goats cheese and beetroot, yum!

  • specimenboxshop

    specimenboxshop said 7 years ago

    Delicious!!! I will try it!

  • irishandmore

    irishandmore said 7 years ago

    Pears should be the star fruit of the season! I think they are so beautiful in their imperfections and the various colors of the different varieties available. And they taste great, too! Thanks for the recipes.

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo said 7 years ago

    I made the same crostini, but with apples instead of pears! it was a hit! love goat cheese and fruit! (and love these photos too!)

  • traceydumont

    traceydumont said 7 years ago


  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Super yummy !

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 7 years ago

    Mmmmmm...... yummyy!!!! ;)

  • SecondEditionJewelry

    SecondEditionJewelry said 7 years ago

    Wow sounds great!!

  • MademoiselleGlamour

    MademoiselleGlamour said 7 years ago

    The images are very elegant ... preparations are fantastic ... I think the taste is excellent! Seem to feel it through the pictures!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 7 years ago


  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 7 years ago

    everything looks so good... now I'm hungry :)

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the recipes!

  • livinlife506

    livinlife506 said 7 years ago

    Sounds fantastic!! Will have to try it for sure.

  • smallcouture

    smallcouture said 7 years ago

    yummy ! will try it :)

  • audreytolove

    audreytolove said 7 years ago

    very great! Thank you!

  • memoriginal

    memoriginal said 7 years ago

    Thank you for posting have the true spirit of the season and it so refreshing and encouraging to see it !!!! Pears and goat cheese are 2 of my favorite things and I am going out to buy more pears and some bread and I will thank you again later today as I am sampling your recipe. Bless you and yours and have a really great Christmas and New Year. My best, Mary Ellen

  • thenakedbird

    thenakedbird said 7 years ago

    i think pears are certainly the christmas fruit! i always steal away the beautiful pears from the harry and david baskets given to our family, they are just like gold! these recipes are always so amazing. they remind me of something my "fancy" grandma would make. we often have two thanksgiving dinners, two christmases, and one grandma makes things very sloppy but comforting and good and the other sets out her best china and whips her sweet potatoes artfully, with elegant center pieces and colorful dishes. both are delicious but i want to be a fancy grandma someday that goes the extra mile to make everything beautiful like mine does.

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 7 years ago

    That looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!

  • RoughGems

    RoughGems said 7 years ago

    This sounds wonderful, I must try this out! Thanks!

  • steenoneill

    steenoneill said 7 years ago

    I love the recipe and will definitely have to try it! For other dessert options using pears, Wind & Willow sells a great cheeseball mix that has pear as one of it's starring flavors. It's delicious!

  • theori

    theori said 7 years ago

    I think these are going on the menu at my engagement party! Sounds de-lish!

  • ApronsByVittoria

    ApronsByVittoria said 7 years ago

    This looks sew delicious!! I am going to make this :)

  • sjegan

    sjegan said 7 years ago

    Wow that looks yum! Definitely going to have to try it!

  • hattricks

    hattricks said 7 years ago

    Awesome!!! Now I'm starving, and want them all, now!!! :)

  • MiniaturePeaces

    MiniaturePeaces said 7 years ago

    Love the combination of fruit and cheese !! Recipe sound delicious! Will be making this very soon !

  • cosmichippodesigns

    cosmichippodesigns said 7 years ago

    Looks good, sounds good, instinct tells me I'll love it. I make pear and brie sandwiches a lot so goat cheese will be a nice departure. Thank you!

  • mulryjewels

    mulryjewels said 7 years ago

    SO trying this!

  • masalachai

    masalachai said 7 years ago

    I love the sound of this one, and even though it is summer here in Australia I think I might ditch my tomato bruschetta on Xmas day for this one, put to use allthe lovely Rosemary I have growing, thank you!

  • jameswilson3

    jameswilson3 said 7 years ago

    goat cheese ? Go milk a goat?

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    jojominis said 7 years ago


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    bellasparty said 7 years ago


  • decibel

    decibel said 7 years ago

    mmm... I could see using marscapone minus rosemary as a sweet variation.

  • everydaypretty

    everydaypretty said 7 years ago

    soooo good. Im jonesing pears and cheese now!!

  • cynthiadelgiudice

    cynthiadelgiudice said 7 years ago

    looks yummy

  • rubisartnmore

    rubisartnmore said 7 years ago

    Oh so yummy! Thanks for the recipe, I just made some & it's delicious!

  • LindaSuzStudios

    LindaSuzStudios said 7 years ago

    CAN"T WAIT to try! Thanks for the recipe!

  • allegranoir

    allegranoir said 7 years ago

    Another great idea! Thank you!

  • rslosberg

    rslosberg said 7 years ago

    OH! I am definitely making this! Sounds divine!

  • EarthWindFibre

    EarthWindFibre said 7 years ago

    I love pears and I love rosemary. I'd have never thought to combine them in one dish. I can't wait to try this!

  • dawnbutton

    dawnbutton said 7 years ago

    This is a fabulous recipe!

  • newgenerationvintage

    newgenerationvintage said 7 years ago

    Yum, Can't wait to try this. Thank you

  • margiefalk

    margiefalk said 7 years ago

    thanks, can hardly wait to go to the store and make this yummy dish.

  • art4ear

    art4ear said 7 years ago

    I'm going to make this recipe tomorrow, company's coming. I'm thinking I'll add a bit of nutmeg too and omit the pepper. Sounds really yummy.

  • teryyo

    teryyo said 7 years ago

    Yummy, Yum! Sweet, yet Savory!

  • odonellc

    odonellc said 7 years ago


  • newjulie

    newjulie said 7 years ago

    I've been simmering it for about an hour now,,, but it does not get jammy... help! what do i do? also it's quite sweet... is this how supposed to be?

  • jamiepsmith

    jamiepsmith said 7 years ago

    i know when i make this tomorrow my mother-in-not-law will say 'ooooh! fancy!' :) heart you kimmerz!

  • continentaldrift

    continentaldrift said 7 years ago

    @newjulie: Oh no! I hope that your jam was redeemed. I usually err on the conservative side with sugar in jams, so it shouldn't have been too sweet. I hope it got jammy!

  • eemiller1101

    eemiller1101 said 7 years ago

    I made this for New Year's Eve dinner and it was perfect. Thanks!

  • CopperheadCreations

    CopperheadCreations said 7 years ago

    I could put goat cheese on just about anything and be happy with it. :) This looks awesome.

  • squirrell

    squirrell said 7 years ago

    Just wanted to thank you for this post...made it for Xmas eve festivities and then again for family Christmas...everyone loved making again for a camping trip up the coast with friends..Happy days!!

  • L2Country

    L2Country from L2Country said 7 years ago

    TXS Kim.... this looks great!

  • AmberGypsySky

    Amber Archibald from GypsySkyCreations said 7 years ago

    I made this for my family a couple weeks ago. They loved it! A very sweet and rich dish...I suggest everyone make it

  • SeasonsGleanings

    Rio Thomas from SeasonsGleanings said 7 years ago

    THIS is SO wonderful. Guaranteed to be hit at potlucks

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