The baked pears in this easy fruit dessert recipe simply bake in a sauce of Marsala wine mingled with honey, orange, cinnamon and vanilla. Serve the pears warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or with a small sugar cookie. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014

Ivy Manning


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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Whisk wine, water and honey in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Add orange zest and cinnamon stick. Split vanilla bean, scrape out the sticky black seeds with the tip of a small, sharp knife and add them and the pod to the baking dish. Place the pears cut-side down in the baking dish.

  • Bake, basting every 15 minutes or so with the wine mixture, until the pears are very tender, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Serve the pears warm, drizzled with the sauce.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate cooled pears (in syrup) for up to 2 days. To reheat, bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

150 calories; 0.1 g total fat; 4 mg sodium. 136 mg potassium; 34 g carbohydrates; 2.8 g fiber; 28 g sugar; 0.4 g protein; 24 IU vitamin a iu; 5 mg vitamin c; 7 mcg folate; 13 mg calcium; 9 mg magnesium; 17 g added sugar;

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So delicious I was looking for a delicious healthy recipe that would be good for guests as well as my heart. I made this recipe almost as written. I didn't have a vanilla bean so I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the liquids. This was a big hit with family and guests. Pros: So easy to make and so healthy Read More