Marjoram-Scented Pears with Gorgonzola is a uniquely delicious dessert accented with a lightly caramelized honey syrup. All of the ingredients should be readily available at your local natural and organic food store.

Closely related to oregano, marjoram is pleasantly aromatic, with a sweet, mint-like taste. It’s an ideal complement to other herbs, including rosemary, sage and thyme.

A staple in Mediterranean cooking, marjoram pairs well with beef, chicken, garlic, onion, pasta, pork, seafood and vegetables. Many chefs, however, like to combine savory and sweet flavors, as this recipe demonstrates.

Marjoram-Scented Pears with Gorgonzola
Makes 8 servings

  • 4 firm ripe pears
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • Gorgonzola cheese (or other desired cheese) at room temperature
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Peel and halve pears. With paring knife, remove cores and hollow out centers with small spoon. Arrange pear halves in 11” x 7” x 2” baking dish.
  2. Heat honey, butter, water and marjoram in small saucepan on medium heat until honey boils and butter has melted, stirring occasionally. Pour over pears, turning pears to coat.
  3. Bake 25 minutes or until pears are tender when pierced with knife and honey begins to caramelize, turning pears and basting every 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer pears, cut-side up, to serving platter or 8 dessert plates. Spoon remaining honey mixture over pears. Serve warm or at room temperature. Spoon cheese into center of each pear just before serving.

Recipe courtesy of McCormick