Tête de Moine + Cherry Pear Chia Seed Jam

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Preparation: 5 minutes  |  Total Time: 30 Minutes |  Make 1 – 2 cups |
Kitchen Equipment: Medium Saucepan 

The delicate Tête de Moine presents beautifully on its own or paired with this Cherry Pear Chia Seed Jam as an appetizer or as a part of a cheese board for a special occasion. Traditionally, prepared for eating in an unusual way: the cheese is carefully scraped with a knife to produce thin shavings, which is said to help develop the odour and flavour by allowing oxygen to reach more of the surface. Here, we used a traditional girolle, a utensil used to scraping Tête de Moine into the form of rosettes that resemble chanterelle mushrooms.



1 1/2 cups frozen sweet cherries
1 pear, chopped into ½ inch pieces
2 tbsp honey
Zest of half an orange
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp chia seeds


  1. Mix together the cherries, chopped pear, honey, water and orange zest in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Once the mixture is bubbling, turn to medium-low and stir in the chia seeds.
  3. Cook stirring frequently until desired texture is reached (thicker jam-type consistency), about 20-25 minutes. Let the mixture cool.

Recipe Pro Tips:

  • The longer you cook the jam, the thicker it will become. After 20-25 minutes it is a nice texture and it will also thicken a bit more when it cools.
  • You can make this jam ahead of time and store in the fridge for about 1 week or freeze for longer storage and defrost in the fridge when ready to use.

Cheese used in this recipe:
Tête de Moine AOPTête de Moine AOP

A semi-hard cheese with a silky body that quickly melts in your mouth.