Well, they're called Floating Islands, but it just sounds so much prettier in French. Everything sounds so much prettier in French, actually. I took a couple years of German, but couldn't get over how guttural some sounds were. It always seemed like everyone took Spanish, and Latin was a dead language, so I ended up taking French once I got into high school. Unfortunately, it wasn't offered at my college, so I haven't spoken or written it in 6 years. Someday I'll get back to it, even if it's sort of true that as long as you sound slightly nasal you can mimic some French (or at least that's what twerpy little high schoolers always thought).
Right. Floating Islands. Poached meringue with a creme anglaise and caramel drizzle on top. This seemed, well, a bit weird to me. It's totally not an American dessert, so I have no point of reference. But hey, Shari picked it, and so you gotta trust her, right?
Well, I made a quarter recipe because I couldn't see how I could bring the leftovers in to work. And while Dorie says the caramel is optional - caramel is never optional. Sorry. Not gonna happen. Unfortunately, I was so worried about the caramel hardening on me that I decided to go with a more modern (?) rendition - caramel dots and splotches! Then I played with the caramel and drizzled it all over a plate, which is how I ended up with a shard of caramel to place on top of another little meringue island.
Oh, and the boyfriend's favorite part? The creme anglaise. Would it surprise you to know he goes through ice cream by the bucket?
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