Pear Cider Reduction with Aged Cheddar Cheese

  • Photo and Recipe courtesy of <a href='' target='_blank'>Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.</a>
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 cups pear cider or sparkling pear juice
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 8 ounces Aged Cheddar cheese, at room temperature (aged 2 years or older is preferred)
  • 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.