Floating Islands

An impressive dessert, perfect for a special dinner. Can be made in the morning, refrigerated and assembled just before serving.



2 cups whole milk

5 egg yolks


1 tablespoon orange zest

1/4 cup heavy cream


4 egg whites

1/8 teaspoon cream of tarter

1/3 cup sugar

ground cinnamon for sprinkling

Honey Tips

How Honey is Made

To make honey, bees drop the collected nectar into the honeycomb and then evaporate it by fanning their wings.


Custard: Warm milk in a saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles form along edges of pan. Remove from heat.
In a bowl whisk together egg yolks and honey until light in color. Whisk in orange zest and heavy cream. Slowly whisk in heated milk. Return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until thickened about 5-8 minutes. Pour into a shallow dish and chill.
Meringues: In a deep skillet pour in water to a depth of one inch. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Meanwhile, beat egg whites and cream of tarter with an electric mixer until stiff peaks begin to form. Gradually beat in 1/2 of the sugar. Gently fold in remaining sugar a little at a time. Using a serving spoon scoop up meringue and carefully drop into simmering water. Do this in small batches to keep meringues separated. Poach for about 1 minute. Remove meringues and place on paper towels to drain. Continue in batches until all meringue is used. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
To Serve: Spoon custard onto a plate and top with 2-3 meringues. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
Serves: 4-6