One of my favorite chilly-weather desserts is pears baked in red wine. My next-door neighbor, here in Umbria, shared this recipe with me several years ago, and it’s still a favorite of ours. In fact, it’s so easy to make that it’s hardly a recipe!
- Several pears (or apples) cored and sliced – not too thin, not too thick
- 1/2 bottle of good quality red wine
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (more or less to taste)
- cinnamon (to taste)
Place the sliced pears in a baking pan and add the 1/2 bottle of red wine. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon, and stir well. Bake at 325 degrees, removing to stir from time to time (every 15 minutes or so) until pears are soft and cooked through, about 30-45 minutes. If the fruit begins to dry out before it has softened, add a few tablespoons of water. (Note: Baking times will vary, depending on the size, thickness and variety of fruit.)
Serve plain, still warm from the oven, or with a scoop (or two) of gelato.