Floating islands with roast peaches and caramel Recipe

Poached meringues with roasted white peaches and crunchy caramel shards.

  • Preparation
    15mins
  • Cooking time
    10mins
  • Rest time
    0mn
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Ingredients
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  • Part one of the recipe
  • White peach(es) : 12 whole
  • Demerara sugar : 100 g
  • Part two of the recipe
  • Egg white(s) : 120 whole
  • Caster sugar : 50 g
  • Part three of the recipe
  • Semi-skimmed milk : 200 ml
  • Star anise : 2 whole
  • Double cream : 50 ml
  • Cinnamon stick(s) : 2 whole
  • Clove(s) : 2 whole
  • Bay leaf (-ves) : 4 whole
  • Egg yolk(s) : 3 whole
  • For the garnish(es)
  • Caster sugar : 180 g
Method
  • 1. FOR THE PEACHES:

    Preheat the oven to 200'C.

    Cut the peaches in half and remove the stone. Sprinkle the demerara sugar over the peaches, place on a baking tray and cook for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and keep warm until serving.

  • 2. FOR THE MERINGUES:

    Whisk together the egg whites and 50g of caster sugar until it forms stiff peaks.

  • 3. FOR THE SAUCE:

    Put the milk, cream, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat. Whisk together the egg yolks and 30g of caster sugar until pale and fluffy.

  • 4. FOR THE CARAMEL:

    In a non-stick pan add the 180g of sugar and heat over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves and starts to colour. Do not stir with a spoon but swirl the sugar in the pan so it dissolves evenly. When the sugar has melted and turned golden use a fork to drizzle onto a piece of baking paper or silicone mat and leave to cool.

  • 5. TO COOK AND ASSEMBLE:

    Quenelle the egg whites and drop them into the simmering milk, cook for 2 minutes and remove. Then repeat the process until all the meringues are cooked.

    Add the milk mixture to the egg yolk mixture and stir until thickened. Then pour into bowls, top with the roasted peaches, then the meringue islands and finish with shards of caramel.

Chef's tip

«Instead of peaches you can use any other kind of seasonal fruit. »

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