Floating Islands 'Maman Blanc' by Raymond Blanc
|Serves: 4 people||Recipe course:
Dessert||Total time (min.): 20||Complexity (1 to 3): 1|
"This is one of the most celebrated desserts in France - a true classic and one I cherish from my childhood. Maman Blanc used to make this for the family on special occasions. My brothers, sisters and I were amazed by the ‘fluffy clouds’ floating in the ‘vanilla sea’. I recall never-ending lunches with adults talking about politics and other serious subjects, whilst us kids sat and longed for îles flottantes to arrive. Later, when I had children of my own – my lovely Olivier and Sebastien - we visited Maman in France often and oh did their faces light up as the îles flottantes approached the table, just as mine had. Needless to say, this is a great favourite of ours and I am certain will be passed down the Blanc family for many years to come.
The beauty of this dessert is in all the different tastes and textures – the rich and silky crème anglaise, topped by clouds of fluffy poached meringue, and at the last moment the warm caramel is poured. It is amazing how you will find it on the menu at home, in small brasseries and in Michelin star restaurants alike. And what joy – no longer having to whisk all those egg whites by hand like Maman used to do. Your Kenwood Chef, and its wonderfully engineered whisk, will do it quickly and beautifully, and with total precision, leaving you more time to enjoy the results with your family and friends." Raymond Blanc