Prepare this easy dessert when Bartlett or Bosc pears are in season. Choose ripe pears that are slightly soft and unblemished. 4 pears, peeled and cut in half, cores removed.
Arrange the pear halves, cut side down, in a microwave-safe glass pan. Splash each pear with the marsala wine and sprinkle the nutmeg and cloves over each pear.
Cover the pears with plastic wrap and microwave on High for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the pears are softened and hot throughout.
To serve, plate the pears and pour the wine and spices from the pan over each. Garnish each serving with a small spoonful of sour cream.