Brioche Toast with Brie, Pear, and Caramelized Onion

This sweet and savory dish is elegance made easy.

One of my fav flavor combos ever is brie, pears, and sweet onions. I love bringing these together in as many ways as possible! On a sandwich, a pizza, or as a gorgeous open-faced toast like this. Golden pillowy brioche is the perfect vehicle for bringing these sweet and savory flavors together as a perfect snack for anything from brunching and lunching at home, to elegant and sophisticated dinner party spreads. This is ideal for slicing into stylish smaller portions for serving around the room, as well. It’s simple to create and an absolutely beautiful dish to bring to any table.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 Slices


1 medium Vidalia onion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

A pinch of salt for seasoning

4 slices brioche bread

5-7 ounces Brie, sliced into long thin wedges

2 ripe pears, sliced into ½-inch thick wedges (I prefer Bosc for this recipe)

Honey for topping (optional)

Flaky salt for topping (optional)


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

  1. Caramelize the onions: Drop the unsalted butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat until melted and sizzling. Add the onion and stir until translucent, about 2 minutes, and season with a pinch of salt. Reduce to medium-low heat and stir the onions every few minutes to avoid burning, until they are golden, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and place aside.

  2. Place the slices of brioche in the oven on a sheet pan for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove the pan from the oven. The bread should be lightly toasted now.

  3. Place a layer of brie wedges, followed by a few pear slices, and then 1-2 tablespoons of the caramelized onions. Place back in the oven for 10 minutes, until the cheese is glistening and beginning to melt.

  4. Remove from the oven and top each slice of toast with a drizzle of honey and some flaky salt. Serve warm.


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