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Oeufs a la Neige (Floating Islands)


Ingredients

3 eggs, divided

3 eggs, divided

½ cup white sugar, divided

½ cup white sugar, divided

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups whole milk

1 ½ cups whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Separate two of the eggs. In the top of a double boiler, combine 1 whole egg and 2 yolks with 1/4 cup sugar and salt, whisking until smooth. Whisk in milk and cook over simmering water, stirring constantly with a spatula or wooden spoon. When the custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove it from the heat. (Do not boil. If custard should start to curdle, remove from heat and beat vigorously until smooth.) Pour the custard through a strainer into a bowl and stir in vanilla. Cool and refrigerate.

Separate two of the eggs. In the top of a double boiler, combine 1 whole egg and 2 yolks with 1/4 cup sugar and salt, whisking until smooth. Whisk in milk and cook over simmering water, stirring constantly with a spatula or wooden spoon. When the custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove it from the heat. (Do not boil. If custard should start to curdle, remove from heat and beat vigorously until smooth.) Pour the custard through a strainer into a bowl and stir in vanilla. Cool and refrigerate.

In a heat-proof bowl, lightly whisk 2 egg whites with remaining 1/4 cup sugar, just enough to dissolve the sugar. Place the bowl on top of a pot of simmering water and stir constantly until the temperature of the whites reaches 145 degrees F (63 C) or hotter. Immediately remove the bowl from the heat and use an electric mixer to beat warm egg whites until they form stiff, glossy peaks.

In a heat-proof bowl, lightly whisk 2 egg whites with remaining 1/4 cup sugar, just enough to dissolve the sugar. Place the bowl on top of a pot of simmering water and stir constantly until the temperature of the whites reaches 145 degrees F (63 C) or hotter. Immediately remove the bowl from the heat and use an electric mixer to beat warm egg whites until they form stiff, glossy peaks.

Pour chilled custard into a serving dish. Drop meringue by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the custard to make islands. Chill before serving.

Pour chilled custard into a serving dish. Drop meringue by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the custard to make islands. Chill before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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