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Marsala Poached Pears with Mascarpone

In this fruit dessert, sweet poached pears get dressed up w/ marsala wine, infused w/ vanilla and orange zest, and topped with a dollop of mascarpone cheese.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 930kcal


  • 2 cups. sugar
  • 1 cup marsala wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 orange zested in 1” strips, white pith removed
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 10 cloves
  • 4 Harry & David Royal Riviera® Pears peeled, stemmed, cored and quartered
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese room temperature


  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, marsala, water and orange zest. Cut vanilla bean in half, lengthwise, and scrape inside of pod into saucepan. Add vanilla pod and cloves. Bring to a gentle simmer. Add Harry & David Royal Riviera® Pears to simmering liquid and cover with parchment.
  • Poach gently until pears are tender. This time will vary depending on ripeness of pears.
  • Cool pears in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  • To serve, place 4 pieces (quarters) of pear on each of four plates with poaching liquid drizzled over fruit. Dollop 2 ounces of mascarpone next to each pear and serve with a glass of vin santo.


Recipe by Jenn Louis for Harry & David.


Calories: 930kcal | Carbohydrates: 159g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 143g | Vitamin A: 910IU | Vitamin C: 25.1mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 0.6mg