Blue Cheese & Caramelized Pear Flatbreads

Blue Cheese & Caramelized Pear Flatbreads

This nutty flatbread recipe was created by our local baker, Lievito, who makes these for our restaurant at Kilver Court in Somerset. You can also make it with half white and half wholegrain spelt flour. Here is one topping for our flatbread, but do experiment to your heart’s content. We just keep adding new ones in our restaurant!


  • 2 tsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 250g/9oz/2 cups white spelt flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp sea salt

For the Topping

  • 200g/7oz blue cheese of choice, crumbled or diced
  • 4 small pears
  • 55g/2oz unsalted butter
  • 60g/2 1⁄4 oz/ 1⁄3 cup light soft brown sugar
  • 1 handful of walnuts


  1. Lightly oil two large baking sheets. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.

  2. Mix together all the ingredients with 150ml/5fl oz/scant 2⁄3 cup water in a large bowl to make a soft dough, and knead lightly for a few minutes until it is smooth and no longer sticky. Cover with a clean, damp tea towel and leave to rest for 1 hour.

  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into four equal pieces. Roll them out as thinly as possible to about 15 x 25cm/6 x 10in and put on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes until just browned. Remove from the oven.

  4. Sprinkle the cheese over the flatbreads and leave to one side while you caramelize the pears. Slice the pears into quarters (or eighths if very big) and remove the cores.

  5. Melt the butter and sugar together in a large frying pan over a medium heat until foaming slightly, then add the pears. Cook on each side for a couple of minutes, or until the pear lightly caramelizes.

  6. Remove the pears from the pan and distribute between the flatbreads. Scatter the walnuts on the top and heat in the oven for 5–10 minutes to allow the cheese to melt slightly. Serve hot.

5th May 2020

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