Pear and Walnut Sandwiches

In Appetizers/ Main Courses

Fancy food is nice, but there’s something ultimately satisfying about a sandwich. With the number of possible bread and filling options, there’s almost an infinite amount of combinations to try (and I intend on trying at least half of those in my lifetime!).

I’d been intrigued by the idea of a pear sandwich for a while, so the turning of the season made for a perfect excuse.  The mix of the savory cheese, sweet pear, and lightly sweet raisin bread was excellent – a different yet delicious flavor combination!  We really enjoyed the alfalfa sprouts as well; somehow all the ingredients melded together perfectly!

The cinnamon raisin bread we bought was a smaller size loaf, which made us think these would be fun to do as appetizers or tea sandwiches for a luncheon. Make sure to buy sandwich-style bread and not the type that is overly sweet or cake-y.

The hardest part of this recipe is toasting the nuts. About 97% of my nut toasting attempts end in disaster…so much so that Alex tries to steer me away from recipes that involve it. Luckily for the both of us, I met with success this time!


Pear and Walnut Sandwiches

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4 large or 8 appetizer-sized sandwiches


  • 8 slices of cinnamon raisin bread (or 16 small pieces)
  • 1/2 cup (or more) light tub-style cream cheese
  • 2 pears
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts


  1. Place the walnuts in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Cook the nuts, stirring frequently, until they are golden and fragrant, around 5 minutes. (Do not leave them unattended!)
  2. Core and thinly slice the pears.
  3. Toast the bread slices.
  4. Spread about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese on each bread slice. Sprinkle walnuts evenly over half of the bread slices.
  5. Finish each sandwich with pear slices, alfalfa sprouts, and the remaining bread slice. Slice in half and serve.


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  • Reply
    October 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Yum! I have never had such a sandwich, but I will, soon!

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    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox
    October 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I agree. Nut toasting without the burning is tough. I bake them if I’m doing any sizable batch.
    This sandwich looks great! Very brunch food. Or dinner. Or after dinner. Yep, that’s a versatile sandwich. I’m saving this recipe!

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    October 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I love the sound of this sandwich! Excellent combination of flavors.

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    October 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    interesting combo
    I usually roast the nuts in the over with the door opened, somehow i learned over time how to do them right

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    October 19, 2010 at 7:07 am

    i love pear and walnut and raisin. this is a fantastic, simple combination that always works!

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    October 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    How did you make the table top that color?

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    July 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Seriously one of the BEST sandwiches ever! So simple yet SO good – thank you so much!

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    June 8, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    could you use ricotta? instead of cream cheese?

    • Reply
      June 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      You absolutely could, great idea! I usually add a little salt to my ricotta before using it as a spread.

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