- 4 firm pears
- 3/4 cup Marsala
- 1 vanilla bean, split*
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Peel pears, leaving stems intact. Cut a thin slice from bottoms so pears will stand upright.
- Stir together Marsala, vanilla bean, and brown sugar in a large saucepan; add pears. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Discard bean. Serve pears at room temperature with sauce.
- *1 teaspoon vanilla extract may be substituted for vanilla bean. Add extract after simmering mixture.
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