Baked Pears with Marsala-Honey Syrup

Baked Pears with Marsala-Honey Syrup

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014

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.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • ¾ cup Marsala wine
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 strips orange zest (3-inch)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 firm ripe Bosc or Anjou pears, halved lengthwise and cored


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  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake, basting every 15 minutes or so with the wine mixture, until the pears are very tender, 1 to 1¼ 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 information

  • Serving size: ½ pear & 1½ Tbsp. sauce
  • Per serving: 150 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 3 g fiber; 34 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 7 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 28 g sugars; 17 g added sugars; 24 IU vitamin A; 5 mg vitamin C; 13 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 4 mg sodium; 136 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate

Reviews 1

January 02, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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
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