The flavor of Teleme (TEHL-uh-may) cheese is a cross between those of crème fraîche and Brie. Raymond Hook, a cheese specialist who developed the recipe, recommends Brie as an acceptable substitute.
Combine port and figs in a small saucepan; cook, covered, over low heat 45 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat; let stand 20 minutes.
Arrange 4 pear slices on each of 6 dessert plates; top each serving with 1 cheese slice. Divide fig compote evenly among plates.
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