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.

Ivy Manning
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014


Recipe Summary

1 hr 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 34g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 2.8g 11% DV; sugars 27.6g; fat 0.1g; saturated fatg; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 24.4IU 1% DV; vitamin c 4.6mg 8% DV; folate 6.8mcg 2% DV; calcium 12.5mg 1% DV; iron 0.3mg 2% DV; magnesium 9mg 3% DV; potassium 135.8mg 4% DV; sodium 4.4mg; thiaminmg 2% DV; added sugar 17g.

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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