This week's TWD was chosen by Shari of Whisk: a food blog: floating islands! This is a French dessert which consists of soft poached meringue puffs floating in a smooth creme anglaise. I've never heard of this dessert and, to be completely honest, I probably would not have tried it if not for TWD. What can I say....I'm just not adventurous with my desserts :)
I started off making the creme anglaise for the dessert as Dorie says it's better if it sits overnight in the fridge. Creme anglaise is a custard and I didn't have any problem making it as it is also a base for ice cream and I've made plenty of ice cream since buying my ice cream maker this summer. The next day I worked on the meringues (the islands!). I'm always amazed at what can be made with just egg whites and sugar! These were easy too though I definitely didn't have any luck getting my islands to look as pretty as Dorie's. I ended up deciding to use my ice cream scoop to shape them. Finally, Dorie recommends caramelized sugar strands as a decoration for the dessert. Though my last attempt at making caramel was not successful, I decided to try it again. And I failed. I don't know what happened but I didn't have the desire to try again so I topped my floating islands with some chocolate sauce we had in the fridge.
My instinct that I probably wouldn't enjoy these was right on. I'm not a huge fan of meringue and I also discovered that I don't love creme anglaise either. That said, I still want to thank Shari for her pick! I'm happy to say I tried these even if they weren't my favorite dessert. You can find the recipe on Shari's blog and you can see all of the other floating islands over at TWD.