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smoked cashew cheese toast with poached pear & fried thyme_hot for food

smoked cashew cheese toast with poached pear & fried thyme

Get fancy with this delightful appie or brunch dish. Who can say no to savory smoked cashew cheese on freshly toasted bread?

Course Appetizer
Keyword cashew toast, poached pear, smoked cashew, thyme, vegan appetizer
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Refrigerate 1 day
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 14 small toasts
Author Lauren Toyota


smoked cashew cheese

  • 1 C raw whole cashews, soaked and refrigerated in water for 3 hours
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp miso paste
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • Powder from 1 vegan source probiotic capsule (10 billion CFU)

poached pears

  • 3 bosc pears
  • 3 C water
  • 2/3 C raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 thick slices of peeled ginger

fried thyme

  • 30 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 tsp olive oil, for frying


  • loaf of sourdough bread, thinly sliced (or your preference)


  1. Drain the soaking water from the cashews. Rinse and drain them in fresh water.

  2. In a high-powered blender, combine cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, miso paste, sea salt, smoked paprika, white pepper, and probiotic powder. You’ll need to stop the blender frequently to move the mixture around with a spoon or spatula and scrape it off the sides to get it smooth.

  3. The cashew cheese mixture can be wrapped in a double layer of cheesecloth and placed in sealed container to achieve a round shape. Alternatively, scoop the mixture into a jar with a lid and let it set in the fridge for at least 24 hours (up to 36 hours for a stronger flavor).

  4. For the poached pears, bring water, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and peeled ginger to a boil in a pot.

  5. Meanwhile, peel the pears, cut them in halves, and remove the core and seeds.

  6. Once the poaching liquid is boiling, place pears in the pot and let them simmer at a low boil for 20 minutes. To prevent pears from poking out of the liquid you can cut a circle of parchment paper the circumference of your pot, cut a small hole in the centre, and place it on top of the liquid in the pot.

  7. The pears are done when you can easily poke a fork in them and the pear halves slide off. Remove them from the liquid and allow to cool.
  8. Just before serving the toasts, heat a pan over medium heat with oil and thyme sprigs. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes until crispy, but still contain some color.

  9. Prepare your toast to your liking in the oven or toaster.
  10. Thinly slice the cooled poached pears.
  11. Spread smoked cashew cheese on pieces of toast, place 3 thin slices of pear on top, and garnish with fried thyme. Serve immediately.