Marsala-Poached Pears


Whether for a special occasion or a weeknight dessert, our Marsala-poached pears are delectable served warm with a bit of ice cream or whipped cream. Easier than pie, with the wonderful flavor of Marsala wine.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 servings


  • 4 Bartlett pears, about 8 oz. each

  • ½ cup Holland House® Marsala Cooking Wine

  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

  • teaspoon nutmeg

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • Vanilla ice cream

  • ¼ teaspoon Toasted pecans


  1. Cut pears in half lengthwise and remove cores. Measure Marsala cooking wine into a small mixing bowl. Add brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir to dissolve sugar.

  2. Melt butter in a large 12-inch skillet. Stir in Marsala mixture. Cook over medium heat until bubbly. Place pears in pan, cut side down. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 30-45 minutes or until cool enough to serve.

  3. Place each pear half in a small bowl. Stir remaining sauce in pan; drizzle each serving with 1-2 teaspoons warm sauce. Top with a small scoop of ice cream, and if desired, toasted pecans. Serve immediately.


Use an apple corer to easily remove cores from pear halves.

If pears are really firm and green, add 5 minutes to the cooking time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

129 Calories
4g Fat
20g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 129
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 123mg 3%

* 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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