Tuesday, February 10, 2009
TWD - Floating Islands
This week’s TWD recipe was chosen by Shari of Whisk, A Food Blog and is Floating Islands. This is a recipe that I have often looked at books but have never been inspired to make. The recipe is a French one and is effectively poached meringues sitting in a pool of custard. I am not sure what it is about this recipe that I have never wanted to make it, as I love custard and I also love meringues. Anyway, this week was my opportunity to try something I would not have made, but for TWD.
I made these on Friday – it was a public holiday here and a very hot day. I had no trouble with the custard. I actually made it using calci trim milk which is a reduced fat, high calcium milk, and it worked fine. I then made the meringues and poached them. I am not sure what I did wrong here. Maybe my milk was too hot? Because a couple of my meringues did more than lightly poach – they were like poached eggs! Maybe I poached them for too long.
The second thing that went wrong was that after putting my meringues on a lined tray, I put them in the fridge where they sat precariously on the top shelf balancing on relish and other bottles. My husband was clearing up from dinner, went to put something in the fridge and the tray of meringues slid out and landed on the floor. Thankfully I had just made this dessert for us and didn’t have guests waiting or anything like that!! I quickly picked up the two salvageable ones (after a bit of yelling at my husband about why did he have to open the fridge door when surely he must have known that I had meringues balancing on a relish jar lid!!) and popped them into the bowl of custard, made the toffee and drizzled it on the top.
My first instinct was right – I ended up eating all the custard, but neither of us ate the meringue. I just didn’t get it. Give me a lovely crisp oven baked meringue and a separate bowl of custard any day of the week. On a good note, it was good to try something different and I had never done the toffee drizzle thing before – I really liked that part of the pudding.
See if the other TWDers enjoyed this more than me here.