Totally shameless, the main reason I’ve made this afternoon treat is to distract self and, I guess, to provide energy for continuing the task at hand, writing a stupid essay. I kept looking over my desk to the fruit bowl and a dark spot forming on one of the pears and thought they better be used up. Nigel Slater has a recipe for pears in marsala, which gave me the idea. I used 3 pears, peeled, cored and quartered and an apple, peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices, sprinkled the lot with a bit of dark soft brown sugar, poured some Marsala (a healthy glug), mixed and baked at 180c fan oven for about half an hour, turning once. Served with cream and flaked almonds on top. Delicious and totally gone. Now back to writing stupid essay.