Back in the kitchen with a sweet note: floating island (ile flottante)

Ile Flottante: soft meringué floating in crème anglaise & chocolate syrup drizzled with caramel

We never realise how much we truly love someone until we lose them or almost. Not everyone else is lucky too to have a second chance. After almost 3 weeks of hospitalisation, weeks of prayers and uncertainties, my dad is finally out of danger. He is still recovering but his positively reacting to medications. To everyone, thank you so much for all your kind words and prayers. They meant so much to me specially during those trying times. Now that everything is normal again. I'm finally back in my kitchen.

Well here's a simple and yet really classical french desserts that is one of my favorite: Ile flottante or floating island


Ile Flottante
For the crème anglaise :

1 liter of milk, 1 vanilla pod, 6 egg yolks, 150 g of sugar

For the soft meringué :
6 egg whites, a pinch of salt, 80 grams of sugar

Start by preparing the crème anglaise. In a casserole infuse the vanilla pod and its seeds (cut lengthwise) over low fire until the first bubble appears. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until it becomes creamy. Add little by little the milk as you continue to mix it. Once this process is done, put back in the casserole this mixture and cook until it thickens over low fire. Mix it continuously to avoid that the yolks from hardening. Once the cream covers wooden spatula turn off the fire and put the mixture in the fridge. In a salad bowl, beat the egg whites until it becomes stiff. Add little by little the sugar as you continue to beat them. Scoop out two to three spoons of this mixture in your ramekin and cook for about 3 seconds in microwave. Immediately put them in a paper towel to dry them up. Keep them in the fridge. To serve this dessert you can use a wide mouth glasses or deep dessert plates. Put about 8 spoons of cream anglaise. Then add the soft meringue and cover this with hot caramel and chocolate syrup.

21 comments:

Ann said...

This looks amazing, as all of your recipes and photos do!

Marvin said...

i'm glad to hear your father is doing well. this dessert would make anyone feel better though:)

oggi said...

OMG! Dhanggit you are one talented girl. I love this mouth-watering and pretty dessert.

It's wonderful news about your dad.:)

bee said...

one word. luscious. is that your pic in the right sidebar? what a cutie!!

Mansi Desai said...

OMG!! I am sooo drooling over that!! I'm happy your dad's doing better now girl:)

Zen Chef said...

Les grands esprits se rencontrent!
I also did an Ile flottante recently. I love it! :-)

Big Boys Oven said...

great to know that he is getting well now! you also need to take care!

Oh for the love of food! said...

Oh Dear, I didn't know your Dad was ill in the hospital, Dhanggit, I 'm sorry, you must have been so worried. I'm glad too, to hear that he's recovering. It's so heartbreaking when loved ones go through tough and trying times, isn't it? but when they are over it, all we want to do is love them even better than ever(if that's possible) and cherish them more than before. Sorry Dhanggit, I'm rambling here, but I find this sort of situation very emotional.
I LOVE that bubby pic of you, it's soooooo cute! This dessert is so decadent, too!
By the way, thanks for the kind words you left on my blog, Dhanggit, I really appreciate it. Have I told you that I LOVE your photography?

Deborah said...

I feel so bad - I just realized that your blog is not working on my Google reader. I'm not getting updates, so I haven't been checking here as often as I should!!

This looks amazing!!

Susan said...

Yay! And back in the kitchen you go with this stunner! I haven't made ouef à la neige in ages. Dhanggit, what a perfect sweet to celebrate your dad's recovery!

tigerfish said...

Glad that all is well and you are back in your kitchen.

Floating island - what a beautiful name :D ...and the dessert really lives up to the name.

Happy cook said...

Oh I love this dessert.
They are just delicious
Good to know that your dad is beter now

Rosie said...

Hi Dhanggit, firstly may I say that I am SO VERY GLAD that your father is now recovering! I can only guess at what you must have been going through and still are!! I send my very best wishes to you and your family with healing thoughts.

Your dessert looks truly awesome and I'm so pleased to be viewing your wonderful creations again :)

Rosie x

Sylvia said...

I think that I was write yesterday..anyway..
I am glad that your father is out of danger now
Ile flottante is my mom's favorite dessert and your are absolutely gorgeous and looks yummy

Brilynn said...

I've never attempted this myself, but I love to eat it!

Gloria said...

Dhanggit this looks really yummy and the pictures are wonderful,you pictures are beauty. I love the picture when you was little, really cute.!!!
. I love cook too, when I sad and when Im happy, is well for my soul!!! Gloria

Kevin said...

That Ile Flottante looks good and sounds good!

Gigi said...

This is my dream dessert! You know, when I finally have the dishes and the space to throw a "grown up" dinner party. Beautiful photo!

Cakespy said...

DEEEEELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing else to say. Time to go dream about it!

Sidney said...

Great to hear your father is recovering !!!
Let's eat some ile flottante on that.

haze said...

Ohlala, delicioso ! Can you make one for me please co'z this is such a complicated dessert for me :(! Glad to know your father is safe and sound !