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  • Menu for 8 persons
  • Preparation time 25 minutes
  • Vegetarian


  • Combine the flour and salt; form a well in the middle of the mixture. Dissolve the yeast in a little of the water-milk mixture and pour into the well along with the remaining liquid. Knead until a smooth dough forms. Cover and let rise at room temperature until the dough has doubled in volume.
  • Pear Filling: Combine the wine, lemon juice, and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Add the pears, cover, and simmer for 3–5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the pears to cool in the cooking liquid.
  • Cheese Filling: Combine all ingredients and season to taste.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a 45x32 cm rectangle and cut into 12 small rectangles (15x8 cm each). Grease loaf pans with butter and fill with alternating layers of dough, pears, and cheese filling, ending with a layer of dough on top. Cover and let rise for 45–60 minutes. Brush the tops of the loaves with the thinned egg yolk and sprinkle with lemon pepper.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C. Place loaves on a lower rack and bake for approximately 35 minutes.
  • Slice while still warm.

Ingredients for the dough

  • 300 g flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 21 g yeast, crumbled 175 ml mixture of equal parts water and milk

Ingredients for the pear filling

  • 200 ml white wine
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2–3 pears (Louise Bonne is a suitable variety), seeded and cut into slices a half centimeter thick

Ingredients for the cheese filling

  • 250 g ricotta
  • 125 g Tête de Moine, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 zest of half a lemon, plus 1 tsp juice
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • salt, pepper, lemon pepper
  • 1 egg yolk, thinned with 1 tsp milk

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