One of my most favourite ways to do pears!
Or peel, core and slice thickly. Saute them in butter till they get a bit soft. Remove them from the pan. Deglaze with Madeira, add some oats to the pan, and season with cinnamon, cardamom, a bit of nutmeg, brown sugar, and add a handfull of oats. Let it cook a bit, add the pears back in,when the oats are soft, remove it from the heat. Serve it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.