TWD: Floating Islands

Given that I am the big sis, I feel that I have to let Claire get first dibs on the Tuesdays with Dorie recipes. Thus, I got floating islands. Don’t get me wrong, this looks like a pretty dessert, great to feed to company etc. But I live alone, and this isn’t the most portable of desserts. Regardless, given that Claire assigned it to me, I made it, such an obedient big sister, now let me tell you about it.

Well for starters, I have to say any recipe that lets me use my brand new Christmas present of a Kitchen Aid mixer, gets some props.  I started with the creme anglaise, which went fine I guess. I thought it turned out a little lumpy and my straining didn’t go that well but whatever, it was fine. I used my brand new candy thermometer, which I had always meant to pick up but did so just for this recipe. I think it was around 180, close enough anyways. When I tasted the sauce I thought it tasted a little eggy. Hard for me to tell though because sometimes when I know what is in something, then that’s all I can taste. Like if I know someone baked with oil instead of butter, I swear I can taste it. It is all in my head no doubt, but what can you do.

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Okay so then I moved on to the meringue. This went fine, until I got to the poaching part. I guess when I think of meringue, I think of pavlova and as such I was a little disappointed. I mean you poach it and you don’t get any nice crispiness, just fluffy airy-ness, which is good but it is not pavlova.

Meringue

Meringue

Poaching Times

Poaching Times

So I assembled the whole thing and I didn’t eat it. It just didn’t look that yummy. But I am totally glad that I made it, as I had never poached a meringue before and I always wanted a candy thermometer and I really love using my mixer. Oh yeah and Claire told me I had to do it so that is reason enough. I checked out Shari’s post over at Whisk, since this was her recipe choice, and of course I subscribe to her blog.  I almost didn’t post after that, her’s looked amazing and her photos rocked. But alas, Claire and I are infant bloggers, can’t expect perfection yet, so here is our go. I also didn’t post when I read this on Dorie’s blog

“Every Tuesday, when the TWD bakers post, I try to visit as many of the members’ blogs as I can before my conscience starts screaming at me and telling to me to get back to work. ”

Hopefully her conscience keeps her away from here for a while as we perfect the art of baking, from our home to yours.

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3 responses to “TWD: Floating Islands

  1. I am so jealous of your lovely Kitchen Aid Mixer!
    Oh, and I love pavlova’s too!

  2. All that work and you didn’t even try them??? The most positive I can say about them is that they were light. Poached pillows. NIce try tho.

  3. I wish you could send them over to my house! I loved them, but you’re not alone. This dessert did not appeal to the masses! So glad you got to try all your new kitchen gadgets! Thanks for baking along with me this week!

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