Marsala Poached Pears

Total Time: 1 Hr 45 Min

Gluten Free
One Pot

About this recipe

Elevate your dessert game with our Marsala Poached Pears. These tender, peeled pears are infused with a luxurious blend of Holland House® Marsala Cooking Wine, lemon juice, sugar, and a medley of spices, culminating in a luscious, syrupy sauce. Each bite is a delightful symphony of flavors, a perfect ending to any meal. Drizzle the reduced Marsala wine sauce for a final touch of elegance.

Prep Time: 15 Min

Cook Time: 1 Hr 30 Min




  1. Slice the bottom off the pear so that they will stand upright. Then peel the pears.
  2. Combine the Holland House® Marsala Cooking Wine, lemon juice, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and ground clove in a pot big and tall enough to fit all of the pears. Whisk together and bring to a simmer. Then add the pears. Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the pears are soft.
  3. Then remove the pears from the pot, and let the remaining marsala wine sauce reduce until it becomes thick and syrupy. This will take about 5 minutes, keep a close eye on the sauce as it reduces, and stir frequently.
  4. Serve the pears with the marsala wine sauce drizzled over the top.