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Seared ham bruschetta with Caramelised baby pears

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I recently found these baby pears in the supermarket and just had to use them, but you can use fresh pear slices too.

Hot ham is so delicious and always tender – it releases all that intense smokiness into the sauce.

  • 40g butter
  • 1 tbsp plain oil
  • 4-6 baby pears (in a jar from the supermarket) cut in half and cores removed
  • 8 slices thickly cut ham off the bone
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

8 slices sourdough bread

1 Heat 20g of the butter in a large frying pan and sear the bread slices until golden on each side. Remove and set aside to keep warm.

2 Heat remaining butter and oil in the same pan and sear the ham slices and halved pears until coloured.

3 Add the thyme leaves, maple syrup, water and mustard and simmer for 2-3 minutes until the ham is heated through and the sauce is syrupy.

4 Serve the hot ham slices with a few pear halves over the toast and spoon over the pan juices.

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

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