floating island

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Floating island (in French île flottante) is a cold dessert consisting of a round flat baked meringue ‘island’ floating on a sea of custard. The earliest references to it in English come from America: Benjamin Franklin, for instance, reported in a letter of 1771 ‘At dinner had a floating island.’ It is very close in conception to, and sometimes confused with, the French dish oeufs à la neige, ‘snow eggs’, in which the beaten egg whites are formed into small individual masses, not one large one, poached rather than baked, and then placed on top of a light egg custard.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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