Floating Island will look like a vanilla pudding with a dollop of meringue on top, and tastes between tapioca pudding and a mild crème brûlée. Served in a wine glass, this simple dish can lift a hot afternoon into a classy occasion.
- 3 eggs, separated
- 150 g (5 1/4 oz) confectioner's sugar
- 1 l (1 quart) milk
- 1 stick vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cake flour
Mix the egg yolks with 1 dl (1/2 cup) milk, the remaining sugar, and the flour. Put the vanilla in the rest of the milk and bring to a boil, then pour into the egg yolk mixture, stirring all the while. Stirring, cook very slowly without boiling until it thickens. When it coats your spoon, you are ready to go.
Pour into wine glasses or small bowls and chill.
photo: Jennifer Stiller, (c) 2011