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!