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Raisin bread makes an unexpected yet delicious base for these pear cheddar bites making for a sweet and spicy appetizer that is sure to have guests coming back for more!

If slicing pears ahead of time, toss with a little lemon juice to prevent browning. Dry off on paper towel before using.

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Ontario Pear-Cheddar Bites
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  • 6 slices raisin bread
  • 2 firm, ripe Ontario Pears, cored and thinly sliced (24 pieces)
  • 6 slices Ontario Old White Cheddar, cut into triangles
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) sweet Asian chili sauce
  • Snipped chives


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Cut each slice bread into 4 triangles and place in single layer on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for about 3 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  3. Top each triangle with a piece of pear and piece of cheese. Bake for 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese melts and edges of bread browned.
  4. Remove from oven and top each with about ¼ tsp (1 mL) chili sauce. Sprinkle with chives and serve immediately.


Nutrients per serving (2 bites): 87 calories, 3 g total fat, 203 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 3 g protein.