Baked pears are a luscious dessert, particularly when they're baked with Marsala and Italian amaretti cookies.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 1998


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1 hr 30 mins


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Peel pears, leaving stems intact. Remove a small slice from the bottom so they will stand upright. Brush the pears with lemon juice and set them in a 9-by-13-inch shallow baking dish. Pour the Marsala over and around the pears. Scatter butter over the pears. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small dish, then sprinkle the mixture over the pears. Sprinkle the pears with amaretti crumbs.

  • Bake, uncovered, until the pears are tender and juices are slightly thickened, 50 to 60 minutes, basting with the pan juices 3 or 4 times. Serve the pears warm or at room temperature with the pan juices spooned over.


Make Ahead Tip: Keep at room temperate for up to 2 hours.

Note: Marsala, a fortified wine from Sicily, is a flavorful addition to many sauces. An opened bottle can be stored in a cool, dry place for months. Don't use the “cooking marsala” sold in many supermarkets--it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, purchase marsala that's sold with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store.

The crunchy Italian cookies, Amaretti di Saronno, are individually wrapped and boxed in bright red tins. Crush the cookies between sheets of wax paper using a rolling pin; the food processor will make crumbs that are too fine.

Nutrition Facts

190 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 39.2g; dietary fiber 5.3g; sugars 23.4g; fat 5.3g; saturated fat 2g; cholesterol 3.8mg; vitamin a iu 87.3IU; vitamin c 8.8mg; folate 12.7mcg; calcium 16.8mg; iron 0.3mg; magnesium 12.2mg; potassium 202mg; sodium 32.4mg.

2 fruit, 1/2 other carbohydrate