Cranberry-Poached Pears with Vanilla Meringue Crunch

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Cranberry-Poached Pears with Vanilla Meringue Crunch

Recipe by Selma Brown Morrow

  • 4Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 pears—halved, cored and peeled
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 to 8 meringue cookies, coarsely crushed (about 3/4 cup)
  • chopped pistachios, for garnish

Preparation

In bowl, combine first 4 ingredients. Add pears, cut side down; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. (Refrigerate the remaining cranberry juice for cocktails.) Let pears cool. In another bowl, beat cream and vanilla to soft peaks. Divide among plates. Top with pears, crushed meringues and pistachios.