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Floating Islands

Updated February 23, 2016

In this delicious French dessert, Iles Flottantes, meringues poached in milk float on top of vanilla-flavored custard.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time15 min

Preparation Time - Text15 mins, plus standing

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking Time - Text30

CostInexpensive

Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionFormal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner

Moodadventurous

Taste and Texturecreamy, light, sweet

Type of Dishdessert

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1¼ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 large egg whites
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 oz (30g) bittersweet chocolate, for serving

Instructions

  1. To make the custard, dissolve the cornstarch in ¼ cup milk in a large saucepan. Add the remaining milk, the cream, and sugar and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often.

  2. Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl and whisk in the hot milk mixture. Return to the saucepan and stir over medium heat, cooking just until the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon. Do not boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

  3. Strain the custard into a bowl. Top with a piece of plastic wrap pressed directly on the surface of the custard and pierce a few slits in the wrap. Let cool, then refrigerate at least 2 hours, until chilled.

  4. To make the meringues, bring the milk and 1¼ cups water to a boil in a large frying pan over high heat. Reduce the heat to very low so it is below a simmer.

  5. Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually beat in the sugar until the peaks are stiff and glossy. Using two large soup spoons, shape ovals of the meringue and carefully transfer them to the hot milk mixture. Do not add more than 4 meringues at once, as they will expand. Cook for 1 minute, then turn and cook for 30 seconds more, just until set. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a clean kitchen towel to drain. Repeat with the remaining meringue. Let cool.

  6. Divide the custard among shallow bowls and top with the meringues. Grate the chocolate over each and serve immediately.

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@shlemkah- Thanks for pointing this out. Please note the change to 1/2 cup sugar, although I guess some would prefer it with half a bag :)

how much sugar! half a cup? half a teaspoon? half a bag? lol

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