Tuesday, February 10, 2009

TWD - Floating Islands

I had never tasted Floating Islands before this week and if a friend of mine hadn't told me once that it was her husband's favorite dessert, I would have never heard of them either. This week, Shari of Whisk: a food blog, gave me, and all the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers, the opportunity to try something new.

The dessert, consisting of poached meringues served on crème anglaise, is fairly easy to make, about one hour start to finish, if you don't count the time you spend doing the dishes afterward. You can make each component ahead of time, (actually you have to, since they have to chill) and serve the islands when you like. I mixed in a little melted chocolate with some of the crème anglaise and drizzled it onto the meringues. You know who loved this dessert? My 5 year old son. His exact words were: Mom, you've got to make some more of these! So, since they were a hit with the kids, I might make them again, as per a special request. But I didn't find that this was a spectacular dessert. The crème anglaise was good and I had no problems getting it to thicken up, but since I already have a recipe that I like, which uses whole eggs, I'll keep using my tried and true. I have to say though that the meringue islands were very fluffy and refreshing. This was really different from the desserts I usually make.

For a few hundred Island variations, please check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll. And for the Floating Islands recipe, visit Shari's blog, her posts are always sure to impress!

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34 comments:

Ginny said...

I had never heard of this until a couple years ago... to be honest, not my favorite dessert... yours do look beautiful! :)

Jules Someone said...

Looks just lovely! I didn't try it.

n.o.e said...

Great idea for the drizzle - your islands look perfect. And a special endorsement from your son to ensure you make it again!
Nancy

Teanna said...

What a sophisticated son you have! I love the chocolate drizzle! I need to try that!

pigpigscorner said...

Lovely presentation. The chocolate gives it a nice touch.

Manggy said...

Hee! I love how you had to note the time it takes to do the dishes... Blog meta! Lol. Anyway, they look perfect and at least this dessert has considerably less fat :) I'm not surprised the kid liked it!

leanne said...

I hadn't made it before either but agree that they were refreshingly delicious. Love your bowls.

Tracey said...

I'd never heard of this dessert either. Yours looks great. The chocolate drizzle is marvelous.

chocolatechic said...

Love the added chocolate.

andrew said...

I've never heard of these either, but they look and sound fantastic - anything with creme anglaise has to be OK...definitely a nice different dessert option to keep in mind...

Lillian said...

I love the chocolate on top -- not that it would have saved my pathetic little islands!

spike. said...

I loved that your 5 year old enjoyed them! Nice work

Aimée said...

I used to make these when I worked as a pastry chef, and I have to say yours look very professional! Nice!

vibi said...

Woahhh... comme c'est beau, on croirait que tu les as faites expressément pour des enfants; on dirait des bébés zèbres!!! LOL
Superbe, LyB!

pinkstripes said...

Gorgeous floating islands! I love the chocolate syrup and I'm glad they were a hit with your kids.

Marthe said...

Another dessert I never had, but love to try. I'll be making these tomorrow 'cause I made the World Peace Cookies instead by accident.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I bet the chocolate was a hit too! I'm glad your 5 year old liked them! Thanks for baking along with me this week!

Helene said...

Wow this looks good. I never try these.

Isabelle said...

tout simplement très appétissant ! avec le chocolat, ça devait être aussi très bon ( mais je suis + caramel que chocolat )
tes photos sont superbes Lyb :)

spatulascorkscrews said...

Simply Beautiful! The drizzle really makes it!

Holly said...

I felt the same way about it, and didn't know what it was either. I was happy to find out and try something new though. I love that your 5-year old loved them... mine wouldn't touch it. Oh well, it was still fun and yours look so great and poofy!

Lady Baker said...

Yum, I like the looks of the drizzle you did on top! And how great to get a seal of approval from your 5 yr old!

TeaLady said...

Lucky you that they came together so easily. They look really tasty.

The Food Librarian said...

These look great! I didn't get a chance to make them yet, but yours look so good I'll have to try!

Gretchen Noelle said...

These look terrific! I am eager to try making them and am glad to see you have a creme recipe you like. I may have to check it out.

Grace said...

the chocolate drizzle is key--ya gotta give the island something to spruce it up! excellent work, lyb!

AmyRuth said...

Its fun when the kids surprise you. Who knew a 5 year old would like floating islands? Thats awesome. I like your colorful dishes. Yes, definitely the chocolate drizzle. Kind of reminds me of a cookie I used to eat when I was a kid. They were filled with a sort mallowy stuff and chocolate on the outside? Do they still makes thoses? Anyway, lovely post.
AmyRuth

finsmom said...

Ive seen these around lately, and they look so good! Such a neat idea! Love your pics!

Ivette said...

Your island looks great! That chocolate syrup gives it a great look! I just found a new favorite dessert.

Kaitlin said...

I'm sorry you didn't like the recipe - it certainly wasn't for lack of a gorgeous presentation!

I like this dessert but didn't like this particular recipe.

Judy said...

Your dessert looks really delicious. I like the choice of a chocolate drizzle -- the caramel was good but too sharp.

Engineer Baker said...

The chocolate drizzle sounds nice. I had never heard of them before, but they were an interesting dessert, no?

Gigi said...

I want to float away with your delicious looking islands!

Jaime said...

when the kids like it, it's got to be a keeper! :)

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