Welcome to Tuesdays with Dorie, my weekly baking club. Today's assignment: Floating Islands. But first....
They say that second marriages are the triumph of hope over experience. And this weekend, on the day dedicated to love my oldest sister Laurie is exercising that buoyant hope and tying the knot. After a heart breaking divorce, Laurie rekindled some love in the form of an old high school boyfriend from 25 years ago. Want to see their groovy prom picture? I haven't seen him since then, and I was only a kid, but I still remember that he was nice. And it isn't easy to be nice to a passel of obnoxious little brothers and sisters.
Best of all is the happiness that Cupid has brought. Laurie's happy, Mark's happy, and all of us obnoxious little sisters and brothers are happy. Weddings are the best kind of family party, and with Laurie's knack for planning, this one will be a happy and hopeful hoot. Everyone of my brothers and sisters and my-side-of-the-family nieces and nephews will be in attendance..
And that included me and my eager charges. Until this weekend when we had a drastic change of plans. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow.
For now I'll tell you about this gorgeous dessert: Floating Islands in Raspberry Creme Anglaise. I had Floating Islands (Leche Nevada) on a weekly basis when I spent a year in Chile. The Chilean women were adept at pinching a penny and making spectacular desserts out of a handful of ingredients. This dessert won't cost you more than $2.00 for the six servings. It doesn't take much: some eggs, milk, sugar, and hopefully some vanilla. (I used a bit of raspberry syrup to tint mine pink for Valentine's Day.) The Quiet Man loved it. But for me, the truth about this beauty is that it is more fun to stand back and look at than to actually eat. It's not un-delicious exactly, it's just so very fluffy and creamy and when I'm done I wish I had a slice of chocolate cake. I'm cursed that way, with that chocolate-cake-wistful-remorse curse.
Find the recipe and gorgeous photos here.
Up Next: Spaghetti and Meatballs for Valentine's Day