Baked Pears with Wine and Walnut Cream

Sweet, fruity dessert. Garnish with orange peel and walnuts if desired.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 pear halves


  • 4 pears, peeled

  • 10 fluid ounces red wine, or more to taste

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed

  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out and reserved

  • 1 orange, peeled and juiced (peel reserved)

  • 7 ounces shelled walnuts, divided

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 1 orange, zested and juiced

  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar, or as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Arrange pears in an oven-proof pan with a tight-fitting lid; add red wine, 1/2 cup brown sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, and the peel and juice of 1 orange. Bring pear mixture to a boil; sprinkle with half the walnuts.

  3. Bake the pear mixture in the preheated oven until pears are tender, 20 to 30 minutes, basting pears with red wine syrup every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool; remove the vanilla bean and orange peel from the red wine syrup.

  4. Arrange the remaining walnuts on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until toasted and fragrant, 5 minutes.

  5. Place the toasted walnuts in a food processor and pour in the red wine syrup; pulse until paste-like consistency. Transfer to a bowl. Whisk cream, sour cream, zest and juice of 1 orange, and 2 teaspoons brown sugar into walnut-red wine paste until smooth.

  6. Serve walnut-cream sauce over baked pears.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

397 Calories
25g Fat
37g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 397
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 15mg 76%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 345mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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