Place pears, 5 tablespoons of maple syrup, apple cider and cayenne pepper in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook stirring frequently until the pears are soft and most of the liquid is gone. Mash. Stir in bacon crumbles . Keep warm and set aside.
Mix remaining 1 tablespoonsof maple syrup with softened butter.
Heat griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spread maple butter evenly on 1 side of each bread slice. Place 4 slices buttered-side down on griddle and layer with 1/2 of the cheese, 1/4 of the pear/bacon compote, ham and remaining cheese. Top with 4 bread slices buttered-side up. Place sandwiches on heated griddle. Grill 3-4 minutes or until bread is golden brown and cheese begins to melt. Flip and cook until bottom is brown. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
Slice in half and serve immediately.