Festive Pear and Blue Cheese Pastry Puff Recipe

Celebrate the New Year in style with a selection of party platters that will keep your guests going until midnight and beyond! Check out the Hints and Tips section for an hourly list of snacks and treats.


Prep Time

5 minutes

Cooking Time

12 minutes



Recipe Ingredients

  • One pack of thawed puff pastry
  • Fresh pear, (or well drained, canned SPAR pear halves, thinly sliced)
  • SPAR Marksbury Select Brie or Blue Stilton Cheese
  • Grated cheddar and mozzarella cheeses
  • Walnuts
  • SPAR Cranberries

Recipe Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 °C
  2. Unravel the thawed puff pastry onto a greaseproof paper lined baking tin.
  3. Loosely arrange a single layer of very thin slivers of the pear.
  4. Cover with a light sprinkle of cheeses
  5. Sprinkle with walnuts and SPAR Cranberries.
  6. Bake immediately  for 12 minutes.
  7. Transfer onto a large wooden board and provide a pizza wheel for guests to cut off squares for themselves. Enjoy freshly baked and warm.

Hints & Tips

SNACK 1 AT 7pm

Assorted SPAR savoury crisps and biscuits eg Rice crackers, Tortitas, Shells, Onion rings, served surrounding a few tubs of the convenient ready-made SPAR Dip range.

SNACK 2 at 8 pm

SPAR Freshline cocktail croissants oven-warmed, split and filled with a slice of salami, and SPAR Olive and Feta low fat Cream Cheese (or smoked chicken slices with SPAR Sweet Chilli low fat Cream Cheese) .  Alternatively, top with the same choice of meat and cream cheese, but onto SPAR Freshline Cocktail Pita Breads.

SNACK 3 at 9pm

Thread onto toothpicks or short satay skewers in alternating fashion: SPAR Feta cheese cubes, SPAR Freshline Cherry Tomatoes and a fresh sweet basil leaf, for a Caprice salad concept.

SNACK 4 at 10 pm

Cocktail hotdog rolls split and filled with warmed SPAR Butcher’s Best Cocktail Vienna; squiggles of SPAR Tomato Sauce or SPAR Mustard Sauce down the length of each sausage to complete.

SNACK 5 at 11pm

Bring out your Festive Pear and Blue Cheese Pastry Puff.

DESSERT DRINK 1 at 11.30pm

Pour mini-dessert cocktails of SA style Egg Nog into SPAR Good Living shooter glasses.


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