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Murielle Banackissa

Pear and Caramelized Shallots Flatbreads

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25 mins Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins
Serves 2

In this recipe, store bought naan breads are topped with tangy vegan goat cheese, sliced bosc pears, caramelized shallots, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. These sweet and savory flatbreads make a wonderful snack or meal when you are short on time.


  • 1 tbsp unsalted vegan butter
  • 4 shallots , thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper , to taste
  • 2 store-bought naan breads
  • Vegan goat cheese
  • 2 small firm Bosc pears , cored and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • Balsamic vinegar , for garnish


  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

  2. Step 2

    Melt the butter in a medium-sized pan over medium heat.

  3. Step 3

    Add sliced shallots and cook for 3 minutes, or until the shallots have softened and they begin to brown.

  4. Step 4

    Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes or until the shallots are brown in color and really soft. Stir regularly using a wooden spoon.

  5. Step 5

    Drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle in fresh thyme. Stir and cook for 1 minute.

  6. Step 6

    Season generously with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

  7. Step 7

    Spread vegan goat cheese on two naan breads. Top with caramelized shallots and sliced pears.

  8. Step 8

    Place directly on the oven rack and bake in the oven for 7 minutes or until the naan breads are beginning to crisp and the vegan cheese has softened.

  9. Step 9

    Remove from the oven and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Enjoy immediately.

Common Questions & Swaps

  • I don’t have naan, can I make my own flatbread dough? Totally, you can follow my flatbread dough recipe here.

  • Can I swap the vegan butter? Yes, you can use olive oil instead.

  • What if I don’t have shallots? Simply use half a medium yellow onion instead.

  • Can I use another sweetener instead of maple syrup? I have personally not tried it, but I would say that brown sugar would work well here. However, just use 1 teaspoon of it as the sweetness of brown sugar is more pronounced than maple syrup.

  • Can I replace thyme with another herb? I think that fresh oregano would work well in this recipe. Avoid any kind of dried herbs here. If you don’t have thyme or oregano, simply omit that ingredient.

  • Can I use another type of pear? You could use Anjou pears instead, just be sure they are not overly ripe, as you do not want to end up with soggy flatbreads.

Pear and Caramelized Shallots Flatbreads
Bosc Pear
Pear and Caramelized Shallots Flatbreads, sliced

This recipe was created in the context of an Instagram partnership with USA Pears.


Wow, it has been a hot minute since I published a blogpost on my blog. Life has been pretty busy to say the least. I have been putting so much of my energy towards client work and getting the photography and testing of my cookbook done.

My manuscript (including photos) are due mid May, which means I have a little over two months to get everything done and so far, I have shot 39 out of 109 photos for my book and all the recipes are pretty good to go, which is quite exciting.

It has been a long process but one that has been so rewarding and seeing this cookbook come to life is truly a dream come true.

Enough talking about my personal life, let’s talk about this recipe!

Overhead of Pear and Caramelized Shallots Flatbreads

We all are living busy lives these days and I think we can all agree that quick and easy recipes have a special place in all our hearts. You know those recipes you gravitate towards when you are tired, lazy, and just want something quick, easy but delicious. This specific recipe checks off all those boxes.

When it comes to the ingredients used in this recipe, below are the ones I used. For any modifications, refer to the Swaps & Comments section.

Naan bread: For time purposes, I opted for using store bought naan bread. It is a great staple to have on hand as it makes a great base for homemade flatbreads. Just make sure to check the ingredient list to ensure it does not have dairy or eggs if you are vegan.

Unsalted vegan butter: For this recipe, the butter is used as the main fatty element to caramelize the shallots. It gives them a lovely aroma that I think complements the rest of the dish wonderfully well.

Shallots: Delicate and sweet flavor with a hint of sharpness, shallots pair beautifully with the pears in this recipe.

Maple syrup: The maple syrup in this recipe adds another level of sweetness that is balanced out with the creamy vegan goat cheese.

Fresh thyme: Fresh thyme adds a touch of earthiness to round up nicely the flavors of these flatbreads.

Salt and pepper: Both of these brighten up all the other flavors and add depth to this recipe.

Vegan goat cheese: I like to use Vegnature’s vegan goat cheese. It is creamy, tangy, and rich and adds a nice level of salt to this recipe. Feel free to use any spreadable cheese you have on hand.

Bosc pears: I chose to use Bosc pears for this recipe because of their firm texture and and subtle sweetness. I also find that they pair very well with savory ingredients.

Well, that is it, my very first blogpost of 2022!

I hope the beginning of the year has been good to you. For me, food is always a source of comfort and happiness so I am excited to be sharing brand new recipes with you this year. I really hope you give this super easy and tasty flatbread recipe a try!

If you do, don’t hesitate to share about it on Instagram, make sure to tag me (@muriellebanackissa).

Have a wonderful week my friends!