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A white plate with creme anglaise with 3 meringues floating over
Floating Island Dessert Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Floating Island Dessert, a scrumptious recipe of poached meringues floating over crème anglaise, a smooth and silky cream made with milk, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. It's a very easy treat to make, and quick too. Serve it chilled from the fridge, and it's one exquisitive dessert you'll have again and again.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: custard desserts
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 367 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
Ingredients
For the meringues
  • 5 egg whites
  • 60 g sugar ( 3 1/2 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the vanilla custard
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 l milk (4 cups)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 60 g sugar (3 1/2 tbsp)
Instructions
  1. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.

  2. In a bowl, beat together the egg yolks with the 60 grams of sugar and one teaspoon of vanilla extract until you get a pale yellow colour and a thicker smooth paste. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until you get soft peaks, then add the 60 grams of sugar and beat again until you get stiff peaks, a meringue-like consistency.

  4. Bring the milk to the boil, add the vanilla extract, and add one tablespoon of meringue, and poach on both sides for about 1-2 minutes.

  5. Make sure you poach the meringues in batches, so the pan is not overcrowded.

  6. Remove the meringues from the milk, and set aside.

  7. Pour a ladleful of the hot milk over the egg yolk mixture, whisking well after each addition, until the milk is used up.

  8. Simmer the milk and egg mixture for 2-3 minutes until the custard thickens slightly and coats the back of the spoon.

    Remove from the heat, leave to cool, then top with the poached meringues.

  9. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

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Recipe Notes
  • To see the measurements in cups and ounces, please click on the US CUSTOMARY link.
  • The amount of ingredients listed can be adjusted depending on the number of servings you need, just click on the number next to SERVINGS.
  • MAKE SURE THE EGGS ARE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE BEFORE YOU START, OTHERWISE THE EGGS WILL CURDLE WHEN YOU ADD THE HOT MILK OVER THE EGG YOLK MIXTURE.
  • POUR OVER THE MILK GRADUALLY AND NOT ALL AT ONCE, AND WHISK WELL BEFORE ADDING MORE
Nutrition Facts
Floating Island Dessert Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 269mg90%
Sodium 181mg8%
Potassium 416mg12%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 729IU15%
Calcium 314mg31%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.