*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                       PEAR SORBET IN MERINGUE SHELLS
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Desserts                         Fruits
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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   32       oz           Pear slices in light or
                         -heavy syrup*
    2       T            Pear liqueur -- or to taste*
    1       t            Lemon Juice
                         -----MERINGUE SHELLS-----
                         Butter, unsalted -- for baking
                         Flour -- for baking sheets
    4                    Egg Whites -- room temp
      1/2   ts           Cream of tartar
    1       pn           Salt
    1       c            Sugar
      1/2   ts           Vanilla extract
                         -----RASPBERRY SAUCE-----
   10       oz           Raspberries, frozen -- thawed
    2       T            Sugar, superfine
      1/2   ts           Cornstarch
    1       t            Lemon juice -- or lime juice
   *   This sorbet, based simply on commercially canned pears, can be
   :      enhanced with the flavor of eau-de-vie de poire (pear liqueur) or,
   :      if preferred, with fresh lemon juice.  Pears in heavy syrup make a
   :      smooth-textured sorbet; pears in light syrup yield a grainier or
   :      icier sorbet.
   One day before serving, place cans of pears in coldest part of freezer.
   Freeze until completely frozen, at least 6 hours.  Rinse cans briefly
   under warm water.  Open each can at both ends, leaving bottom of can in
   place.  Push the frozen pears and syrup into a large bowl.  Let stand
   just until softened enough to break frozen mass easily into 3 or 4
   pieces, about 15 minutes.  Remove to food processor.
   Process pear mixture, using repeated on/off motion, until slushy. Add
   liqueur and lemon juice; process until blended.  Spoon into freezer
   container.  Freeze, tightly covered, until sorbet is solid and flavors
   mellow, at least 3 hours.
   Meringues:  Butter 2 large baking sheets; dust with flour and shake off
   excess. Using a 4-inch cardboard template or saucer and the point of a
   wooden skewer or pick, outline four 4-inch circles, even spaced, on each
   baking sheet. Set aside.
   Heat oven to 200F.
   Beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in large bowl on medium speed
   until stiff but not dry.  Beat in 2/3 cup of the sugar, 1 tablespoon at
   a time, beating thoroughly after each addition; beat in vanilla; then
   continue to beat until whites are very stiff and shiny. If mixture feels
   grainy when small amount is rubbed between your two fingers, sugar is
   not dissolved completely, and mixture must be beaten a little longer.
   Fold in remaining sugar gently but thoroughly.
   Spoon meringue gently into large pastry bag fitted with 1/2-inch fluted
   tip; fill in traced circles on baking sheets, starting at center of each
   circle and working to outside edge, in even spiral. When all circles are
   filled, pipe a standing rim around circumference of each circle.
   Bake meringue shells until dry and very pale beige, 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
   Turn off oven; let meringues stand in oven with door closed 2 hours.
   Remove baking sheets to wire racks; let meringues stand 15 minutes; then
   carefully loosen them with wide flat metal spatula and transfer to wire
   racks.  Let cool completely.  Use immediately or store loosely covered
   at room temperature up to 3 days.
   Sauce:  Puree raspberries in food processor; press through sieve and
   discard seeds.  Mix sugar and cornstarch in small saucepan; stir in
   raspberry puree gradually; stir until thoroughly blended.  Heat over low
   heat, stirring constantly, until sauce boils and thickens.  Remove from
   heat. Refrigerate until very cold, at least 2 hours.  Stir in lemon
   juice before serving.
   Scoop generous portions of sorbet into meringue shells.  Pour raspberry
   sauce over each serving.  Serve immediately.
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