Pears In Marsala

This past weekend, we had our friends Penny and David over for dinner.  Penny has a blog called Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen.  She and David both are wonderful cooks and it is always fun to have them over, knowing they appreciate everything that goes into creating a meal.


While they nibbled on appetizers in our little kitchen lounge area (shown above), I made a Creamy Corn Risotto with Grilled Shrimp and Truffle Oil.  You can find that recipe on my site, here.

For dessert, I made Pears in Marsala.  It is one of the simplest desserts to make.  It is made in a slow cooker.  It is a very elegant dish, and you would never know it was made in a slow cooker.  The pears come out perfectly tender.  It comes from the book, “The Italian Slow Cooker” by Michele Scicolone.


Here is the recipe

Pears in Marsala  ~ Serves  6

Time – 2-4 Hours


1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup Marsala

1/2 cup orange juice

1 cinnamon stick

6 firm ripe pears, such as Bosc or Anjou


In a slow cooker, stir together the sugar, Marsala, orange juice and cinnamon stick.  Place the pears upright in the cooker and spoon some of the liquid over them.  Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours, or until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife.

Uncover the pears and let the pears cool in the cooker, basting them from time to time.  When ready to serve, carefully transfer the pears to individual serving plates.  Discard the cinnamon stick.  Pour the sauce over the pears and serve with a slice of English Stilton Blue Cheese or creamy Mascarpone.

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  1. This sounds divine, I love pears and I especially love a recipe that can go in the slow cooker and be ready when I want it! Thank you for sharing:>)

  2. Ann says:

    Oh Penny this looks lovely. I adore pears and anything in a slow cooker is a winner in my book! Great photo too.

  3. Darla says:

    The pear recipe sounds so good Penny. Pears are plentiful (and inexpensive) in the early fall here so I’ plan to try the recipe then. Thanks!


  4. Jackie P says:

    This looks and sounds delicious — and easy to make with a big WOW factor. I also love that it is served with a cheese – so French!

  5. Jane says:

    I’m so glad to hear you had Penny and David over…so wish we had been there, too! I have to try these…I just bought Bosc pears today. Isn’t it amazing how we are starting to see the “fall” fruit? I’ve poached pears in wine, but never anything citrusy and spiced like this. Can’t wait! Beautiful picture!


  6. Penny says:

    What a wonderful meal Penny. We are lucky to call you and K. our friends.

    Hugs, Penny

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