Pavlova Wreath with Cranberry-Hibiscus Poached Pears
This winter-white wreath is almost too pretty to eat. Almost! Cloudlike heaps of meringue are arranged in a circle and baked until shatteringly crisp on the outside yet chewy within. It’s decorated with tender pears that are stained red in a poaching liquid of tart cranberries and hibiscus tea, reminiscent of glass balls and holiday garland. The complexity of the flavor is pure magic, and the presentation makes for a dreamy holiday dessert.
Featuring U.S. Cranberries
|large egg whites
|1 1/2 tsp.
Cranberry-Hibiscus Poached Pears
|small USA Pears, such as Seckel, Forelle or small Anjou, or a combination
|100% cranberry juice
|thick strips orange peel
|vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
|fresh whole cranberries
|water to cover
|hibiscus tea bag, such as green tea or fruit tea