Meringues with Sorbet Pomegrante Seeds and Rose Petals

INGREDIENTS

2 large egg whites
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup crème fraîche
1/2 cup mascarpone
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon rose water (optional)
6 ounces strawberries, hulled, halved if large
1 pint strawberry or raspberry sorbet
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses or 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1 teaspoon ground sumac
2 teaspoons dried rose petals (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 200°. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat egg whites until foamy, about 1 minute. With mixer running, gradually add granulated sugar. Continue to beat until meringue triples in volume, is shiny, and holds medium-stiff peaks, 8–10 minutes. Add powdered sugar and beat just to blend.

Spoon 2 heaping tablespoonfuls of meringue onto a parchment-lined baking sheet; repeat to fill baking sheet, spacing 1" apart. Bake until dry, about 4 hours. Do ahead: Meringues can be baked 5 days ahead. Keep airtight at room temperature.

Assembly: Whisk crème fraîche, mascarpone, powdered sugar, and rose water, if using, in a medium bowl. Arrange meringues, crème fraîche mixture, strawberries, and scoops of sorbet in a large bowl. Drizzle with pomegranate molasses and top with pomegranate seeds, sumac, and rose petals.

SERVES: 6

CREDITS: Bon Appetit