Total time: About 25 minutes
Servings: Makes 2 sandwiches
4 slices raisin brioche
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2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
4 ounces firm but mild blue cheese, such as bleu des Basques, crumbled
1 pear, slightly under-ripe, cored and thinly sliced
Chestnut honey for drizzling, optional
Heat a cast-iron pan or griddle over low heat. Brush one side of each bread slice with melted butter.
Spread half of the cheese evenly over the unbuttered side of two slices of the bread. Place a single layer of the pear slices over the cheese, then top with the remaining cheese. Place the remaining bread on top of each sandwich, buttered-side up.
With a spatula, place one of the sandwiches into the heated pan and weight it with a second heavy pan or a steak weight. Cook until golden brown, about three to four minutes. Flip the sandwich, weight it with the pan or steak weight, and cook until golden brown, another three to four minutes.
Serve immediately with a drizzle of chestnut honey, if desired, on the plate.
Note: You can substitute any good-quality raisin bread for raisin brioche.
Each sandwich: 524 calories; 18 grams protein; 48 grams carbohydrates; 31 grams fat (18 saturated); 73 milligrams cholesterol; 1,122 milligrams sodium; 5 grams fiber.