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île flottante

meringue floating in custard

Ile Flottante at Bouchon

A classic dessert—a pond of crème anglaise served in a shallow bowl, surrounding an island of meringue that had been baked in a bain mairie. It’s very similar to oeufs à la neige.

Île flottante first became a thing in the 1890s, although these days ‘the island’ could be almost anything floating on a cream-like sea.

Desserts

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Larry